Squak Mountain East Ridge– discover the quiet Issaquah Alp

Quick Facts: Location: Issaquah Alps Land Agency: Washington State Parks Roundtrip: 8.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2000 feet Green Trails Map: Cougar Mountain/ Squak Mountain No. 203S Contact: Washington State Parks and Mountains to Sound Greenway Recommended Resource: Urban Trails Eastside  Notes: Dogs must be leashed. Good to Know: snow-free winter hike, trail less taken, dog-friendly (on-leash), kid-friendly, […]

Heather Park─Steep climb to views that are “Tops”

Quick Facts: Location: Hurricane Ridge-Heart of the Hills Land Agency: Olympic National Park Roundtrip: 10 miles Elevation Gain: 3,940 feet Green Trails Map: Hurricane Ridge-Elwha North No. 134S Access: From Port Angeles, follow Race Street south 1.2 miles passing the Olympic National Park Visitors Center to the Hurricane Ridge Road (Heart O the Hills Parkway). […]

Lookout Mountain — Look out to Mount Hood and beyond

    Quick Facts:  Location: Badger Creek Wilderness Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 550 feet Contact: Barlow Ranger District Mount Hood National Forest Notes: Northwest Trail Pass or interagency pass required Green Trails Map: Mount Hood Climbing / Timberline Trail no. 462SX Access: From Portland: Follow I-84 east to Exit 64 in Hood […]

Notch Pass–Hike through history over Quilcene Ridge

Location: Quilcene Valley, Northeast Olympic Peninsula Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 8.4 miles Elevation gain: 2,800 feet Contact: Hood Canal Ranger District Olympic National Forest  Guidebook: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula (2nd Edition) Notes: Practice Leave No Trace Principles Access: From Quilcene drive US 101 south for 1.5 miles turning right onto Penny Creek Road. After 1.5 […]