Downey Creek — portal to famous Ptarmigan Traverse

Quick Facts: Location: Suiattle River Road Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 13.6 miles Elevation gain: 1500 feet Green Trails Maps:  Mountain Loop Highway Map 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or interagency pass required Access: From Darrington travel north on SR 530 for 7.5 miles turning […]

Johnson Ridge–Ridgeline hike in the Wild Sky Wilderness

Location: Beckler River near Skykomish Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip: 9.0 miles High Point: 5,540 feet Elevation gain: 2,650 feet Difficulty: difficult Green Trails Maps: Alpine Lakes West Stevens Pass No. 176S Contact: Skykomish Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest  Access: From Everett head east on US 2 for 50 miles turning left onto […]

Kelcema Lake-Satisfying snowshoe trip to ancient forest flanked subalpine lake

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Roundtrip:  9.6 miles Elevation gain: 1,600 feet Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Access: From Granite Falls, follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 23.5 miles to Deer Creek Parking […]

River Trail (Blue Diamond Trail)–Easily accessible and little-known trail along White River

Quick Facts: Location: White River Valley Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Round Trip: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 100 feet Contact: Washington State Parks Sno-Parks Green Trails Map: Mount Rainier 269SX Notes: Sno-Park Pass required; Dogs allowed on leash Access: From Enumclaw follow SR 410 for 33 miles turning left (just before Mount Rainier National […]