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 […]

Millersylvania State Park─Amble among ancient trees just minutes from Olympia

Quick Facts: Location: Thurston County Land Agency: Washington State Parks Roundtrip: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 75 feet Contact: Washington State Parks Recommended Resource: Urban Trails Olympia  Notes: Discover Pass required; Dogs must be leashed. Access: From Olympia, head south on I-5 to Exit 99. Continue southeast on SR 121 for 4.2 miles. Turn right (west) into main […]

Thirteenmile Canyon– Wander one of wildest wilderness canyons in Eastern Washington

Location: Colville National Forest, Ferry County, Wa Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 9.0 miles Elevation gain: 1,700 feet Contact: Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District Notes: beware of rattlesnakes Access: From Republic follow SR 21 south 12.3 miles to trailhead located just within the Colville Indian Reservation Boundary. If coming from Wilbur, follow SR […]

Cutthroat Lakes– Hike to a set of beautiful tarns beneath Bald Mountain

Quick Facts: Location: Mountain Loop Highway Land Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; Washington Department of Natural Resources Roundtrip: 6.0 miles Elevation gain: 1,700 feet Green Trails Maps: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Recommended Resource: Day Hiking North Cascades (Romano; Mountaineers Books) Contact: Darrington Ranger District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest   Notes: access road is narrow and parking is limited. […]