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Kristen Sinteral

The boat traffic here is light and poses little obstacles for those just learning how to paddle. Take a snack and enjoy the lighthouse before returning home.

Another great accessible hike in WA state. If you have the opportunity, go on a clear day. You will be rewarded with an unparalleled view of the San Juan Islands. When you make it down the mountain, stop at the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive. Fresh oysters and beer after a hike.... Sign me Up!!

This hike is full of views. The falls and streams along the way are great pit stops for beginners or photographers. If its a clear day and the water is still, reflection lake will offer a spectacular photo of Mt Rainier.

When you turn the corner and take in your first views of Blanca Lake, you kind of want to stop right in your tracks. In many of the hikes I'v experienced around the state, the water at Blanca has been some of the most vibrant. As this trip is becoming increasingly more popular, remember to pack in and pack out.

The 360 degree views are amazing when you reach the peak. I took the old (unmaintained) trail up by following the white diamonds. This is about 4000 elevation in 2.5 mi. The old trail then meets the new and the final push to the mailbox begins. With 1/2 mile left, you will be challenged with a steep elevation gain of approximately 1000 ft. Come prepared. Bring Water and extra food. Trekking poles are a great help on the way down!