Bedal Basin–Lonesome and beautiful basin beneath awe-inspiring Sloan Peak

Location: Mountain Loop Highway Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 5.2 miles High Point: 4,650 feet Elevation gain: 1,900 feet Difficulty: challenging Green Trails Maps: Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Access: Take Exit 208 off of I-5 following SR 530 east for 32 miles to Darrington. […]

Fourth of July Creek—Celebrate Independence Day with these explosive views!

Quick Facts: Location: Central Cascades Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Roundtrip: 11.4 miles Elevation Gain: 4,700 feet Notes: NW Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; rattlesnakes are common along lower portions of trail. Green Trails Map: Alpine Lakes East Stuart Range 208SX Contact: Wenatchee River Ranger District (Leavenworth) More information: Day Hiking Central Cascades (The Mountaineers Books) […]

Royal Basin–Crown jewel of the Olympic Rain shadow

Location: Northeast Olympic Peninsula Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 16.0 miles Elevation gain: 2700 feet Contact: Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center Green Trails Map: Olympic Mountains East No. 168SX Notes: NW Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; Dogs-prohibited at national park boundary (at 1.3 miles)  Good to Know: Exceptional Wildflowers, Backpacking options Access: Take […]

Lower Big Quilcene River─Lowland hike teems with primeval beauty

Quick Facts: Location: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal District Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: To Camp Jolly 10.2 miles Green Trails Map: Olympic Mountains East 168SX Elevation Gain: 800 feet Contact: Hood Canal District, Quilcene Good to Know: kid-friendly, dog-friendly, open to mountain bikes, backpacking opportunities, old-growth, exceptional rhodies, Practice Leave No Trace Principles Access: From […]