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 […]

Driveway Butte– Give your calves a workout hiking this steep old cattle drive

  Quick Facts: Location: Methow Valley Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Round Trip: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3000 feet Contact: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Green Trails Map: Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50 Recommended Guidebook: Day Hiking North Cascades 2nd Edition Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required Access: From Marblemount follow State Route 20 […]

Dirty Face Ridge– Make a clean break from Mount Townsend’s crowds

Quick Facts: Location: Buckhorn Wilderness, Northeast Olympic Peninsula Land Agency: Olympic National Forest Roundtrip: 7.8 miles Elevation gain: 3,000 feet Green Trails Maps: Olympic Mountains East No. 168SX Recommended Guidebook: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula 2nd edition (Mountaineers Books) by Craig Romano Contact: Hood Canal District, Olympic National Forest Quilcene Access: Take US 101 to Louella […]

Skyscraper Mountain–Enjoy sweeping views of Rainier from this towering summit

Location: Mount Rainier National Park Land Agency: National Park Service Roundtrip: 7.0 miles High Point: 7,078 feet Elevation gain: 1,500 feet Difficulty: moderate Green Trails Map: Mount Rainier Wonderland Map 269S Contact: Mount Rainier National Park Note: Park entrance fee; dogs prohibited Access: From Enumclaw, follow SR 410 east to Sunrise Road. Turn right and […]