Blue Lake and Johnson Mountain–divine ridge walking

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Darrington Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 28.3 miles Elevation Gain: 6,725 feet Green Trails Maps: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Recommended Guidebook: Backpacking Washington (Romano; Mountaineers Books) Access: From Darrington, head south on the Mountain Loop Highway 16.0 miles turning left onto FR 49. Follow for 6.4 miles bearing […]

Cooney Lake–larches at the edge of the North Cascades

Location: Sawtooth Ridge Roadless Area Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Roundtrip: 16 miles High Point: 7,300 feet Elevation gain: 3,800 feet Difficulty: moderate Green Trails Maps: Prince Creek, WA- No. 115 Contact: Methow Valley Ranger District: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Notes: Northwest Forest Pass Required Access: From Twisp follow SR 153 south turning right onto Gold […]

Twin Lakes (Monte Cristo) — Follow a rugged old miner’s path to a remote basin

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Barlow Pass Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 17.0 miles Elevation gain: 3,900 feet Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway  no. 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest   Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required; A washout at the Twin Bridges requires […]

Flapjack Lakes — Served with a healthy dose of scenery

  Quick Facts: Location: Staircase, Olympic National Park Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 15.4 miles Elevation gain: 3,050 feet Contact:  Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (360) 565-3100 Green Trails Map: Olympic Mountains East 168S Notes: Dogs prohibited; National Park entry fee; Backcountry camping permit required for overnight trips; Practice Leave No Trace Principles Access: […]