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 […]

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) […]

Whistler Canyon-big on bighorn sheep and Okanogan River views

Location: Okanogan Valley near Oroville Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest  Roundtrip: 5.0 miles High Point: 1,950 feet Elevation gain: 1,250 feet Difficulty: moderate Contact: Pacific Northwest Trail Association Note: Dogs should be under strict control as to not disturb the bighorn sheep. Access: From Tonasket, follow US 97 north for 14.5 miles to trailhead turnoff […]

Scatter Lake — Golden larch lake high on 8,321-foot Abernathy Peak

Quick Facts: Location: Twisp River Valley Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Roundtrip: 8.5 miles Elevation gain: 3,800 feet Green Trails Map: Stehekin, WA – No 82 Contact:  Methow Valley Ranger District: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest   Notes: NW Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required Access: From Twisp, follow Twisp River Road west for 21.8 miles to […]