Scarborough Hill─Giant Sitka Spruces at historic fort on the Columbia River

Quick Facts Location: Fort Columbia State Park, Pacific County, WA Land Agency: Washington State Parks Roundtrip: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 630 feet Access: From Kelso head west 56 miles on SR 4 to Naselle. Turn left onto SR 401 proceeding 12 miles to a junction with US 101 at the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Continue west on […]

Fort Steilacoom Park — Hike historic grounds to a scenic lake and stellar views of Mount Rainier

  Quick Facts: Location: Lakewood, Pierce County Land Agency: City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation Distance: more than 7.0 miles of trails Elevation Gain: up to 200 feet Contact: City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation Notes: Off-leash dog area and dogs permitted on leash elsewhere in park; park opened 7:30 to 9:00 or Sunset (whichever […]

Ranger Hole –Hike to a Historic fishing spot on the Duckabush

Quick Facts: Location: Olympic Peninsula Land Agency: Olympic National Forest Round Trip: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 250 feet Contact: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Green Trails Map: Green Trails Olympic Mountains East 168S Notes: Northwest Forest Pass required; Be sure to respect the privacy of any guests who may be staying in the […]

Christmas Lake and Cedar Butte- Bad tidings and spelling

Quick Facts: Location: Snoqualmie Valley near North Bend Land Agency: Washington State Parks Roundtrip: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 900 feet Green Trails Map: Rattlesnake Mountain Upper Snoqualmie Valley 205S Access: From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 32 in North Bend turning right (south) onto 436th Ave SE which soon becomes Cedar Falls Road. Follow for 3.1 […]