Cora Lake– Emerald lake cradled beneath craggy High Rock

  Quick Facts: Location: Nisqually River Valley Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 400 feet Contact: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Green Trails Map: Randle, WA no. 301 Notes: no pass needed; creek crossing might be challenging early in the season; trail is open to mountain and motor bikes Access: From Elbe, follow SR 706 […]

Fourth of July Pass─Declare your Independence this week in the North Cascades

Quick Facts: Location: Ross Lake NRA, North Cascades Scenic Highway Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 10.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,350 feet Green Trails Map: North Cascades Ross Lake 16SX Special Note: Dogs must be leashed. Contact: North Cascades National Park Visitors Center Newhalem Recommended Guidebook: Day Hiking North Cascades 2nd Edition  Access: From Marblemount follow the North […]

Coldwater Lake– Saunter through a healing landscape exploding with wildflowers!

Quick Facts: Location: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Land Agency: US Forest Service Roundtrip: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 550 feet Contact:  Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Green Trails Map: Green Trails Mount St Helens 332S Notes: Northwest Forest Pass (or interagency pass) required; No dogs; Trail open to bikes: Off trail travel prohibited Access:  From Castle Rock […]

Bunker Hill─No battling for solitude along this hike

Quick Facts Location: Wind River Valley Land Agency: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Roundtrip: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,250 feet Green trails Map: Green Trails Wind River No. 397 Recommended Guidebook: Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (Craig Romano) Access: From Stevenson, head east on SR 14 for 3.0 miles turning left onto Wind River Road. Then […]