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    Top Spots in and near Snohomish County

    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Mount Pilchuck Lookout

      4.8
      5.22 mi / 2113 ft gain
      Hike the well-maintained Mount Pilchuck Lookout trail through a variety of terrain: old-growth forest and granite boulder fields. At the top, you'll reach a lookout tower perched on Mount Pilchuck. Pilchuck sits on the western edge of the Cascades, which offers up amazing panoramic views once you...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Heather Lake Trail

      4.3
      4.33 mi / 1165 ft gain
      The trail takes you on a gradual climb up to Heather Lake with beautiful second growth to admire along the way. The trail can be very wet and muddy with many tree roots to catch your toes, so make sure to wear a sturdy pair of tennis shoes or hiking shoes. Dogs are permitted on this trail on-leas...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Lake 22

      4.6
      5.98 mi / 1434 ft gain
      If you're looking for a taste of the Mountain Loop Highway area, but don't have it in you for a longer, steeper journey, look no further than Lake 22. The trail starts out as flat and well-maintained, from the parking lot, before becoming a true mountain rainforest trail. Water and dampness are f...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Old Robe Canyon Trail

      3.69 mi / 771 ft gain
      NOTE: The trail is currently closed about 1 mile in due to landslides.  This trail starts right off the Mountain Loop Highway outside of Granite Falls. Look out for a brick sign with the trail name, as it's easy to miss otherwise. There's parking next to the highway, but since there is a history...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Cutthroat Lakes via Walt Bailey Trail

      4.0
      6.21 mi / 1978 ft gain
      Along the Mountain Loop Highway, past the crowds crawling over Mt. Pilchuck, lies the muddy, unkempt Walt Bailey Trail into a verdant subalpine basin speckled with tiny tarns. The Cutthroat Lakes are a delightful location to spend the night with optional day hikes up to exposed ridgelines and cra...
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    • Gold Bar, Washington

      Greider Lakes Trail

      8.5 mi / 2054 ft gain
      Greider Lakes Trail is an approximately 8+ mile hike out-and-back from the trailhead, which is labeled after a long drive up a gravel road. First 2 miles are flat, next 3 are switchbacks up. Once you reach the first larger lake, keep going! The second one is also gorgeous. This is a beautiful hik...
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    • Arlington, Washington

      Three Fingers Lookout

      4.5
      14.31 mi / 4357 ft gain
      Approximately 11 miles east of Granite Falls, WA, on the Mt. Loop Highway,  turn onto Forest Service road 41 and follow this road for 18.0 miles to the trailhead. The road is quite rough and it is recommended you have a four-wheel drive vehicle. There is a washout about halfway along the road, an...
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    • Lake Stevens, Washington

      Water and Snow Ski Stevens to Stevens

      5.0
      Have you ever dreamed of snow skiing and water skiing in the same day? This March, plan your adventure of a lifetime to Stevens Pass and Lake Stevens, Washington. You will need a winter coat, a wet suit, and a heart made of love for the outdoors.Keep an eye on mountain and lake weather conditions...
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    • Gold Bar, Washington

      Wallace Falls

      4.6
      5.01 mi / 1404 ft gain
      The trailhead is located at the far end of the parking lot, next to the info kiosk and bathrooms. It starts out in a wide-open area that shortly leads to stunning views of Mt. Index and Baring Mountain. The trail turns to the left and you're greeted by a beautiful Wordsworth quote carved into a t...
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    • Gold Bar, Washington

      Hike to Wallace Lake via Greg Ball Trail

      4.5
      8.2 mi / 1500 ft gain
      An alluring State Park for its massive waterfall display, Wallace Falls is a high traffic destination along Highway 2, but don't overlook Wallace Lake as the falls steal the limelight. Head East on Highway 2, once you enter the town of Gold Bar keep on the lookout for the State Park signs and tu...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Dispersed Camp near Beaver Creek Group Camp, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie NF

      This campsite is located along the Mountain  Loop Highway. There are various options for dispersed camping around the area, as well as some you can reserve ahead of time such as the Coal Creek Campground and the Beaver Creek Group Campground. This campsite is located just before Beaver Creek grou...
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    • Arlington, Washington

      Boulder River Trail

      4.3
      8.12 mi / 1424 ft gain
      Boulder River is a great outing for those days when you feel like you just need a good hike through the forest. This makes for a nice long day hike, but because both of the large waterfalls are within the first half of the trail, you can still see the falls without going the whole way. One of the...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Big Four Ice Caves

      4.3
      2.38 mi / 289 ft gain
      Disclaimer: Hiking into the caves is extremely dangerous as there is potential for the ice to fall. We do not recommend hiking inside of them and if you choose to do so, you're doing it at your own risk. This is a short hike at just 2.3 miles roundtrip with little elevation change. The hike take...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Snowshoe to Coal Lake

      13 mi / 1600 ft gain
      https://www.theoutbound.com/wa...Starting out at the Deer Creek gate of Mountain Loop Highway the road is flat and uneventful for the first 2 miles or so, though it does offer some great views of the Big Four as well as a few other peaks and the babbling south fork of the Stillaguamish river. The...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      North Lake via Independence Lake

      5.56 mi / 2431 ft gain
      North Lake is everything you could want in a subalpine lake: emerald green hues, cold, clear water, lots of brook trout and far from cell-phone reception. This backpack is perfect when the weather gets hot and sunny, though it does reside in what is known as “the wettest section of the Cascades,...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Hike to Perry Creek Falls & Mount Forgotten Meadows

      11.5 mi / 3700 ft gain
      Most visitors park at this trailhead to hike Dickerman Mountain.  Until this spring, so did I.  However, don't overlook this stunning valley hike to Perry Creek, Mount Forgotten Meadows, and the scramble up Mount Forgotten!Begin this hike on the Perry Creek trail, which begins on the far left sid...
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    Camping and Lodging in Snohomish County

    Verlot Campground
    Granite Falls, Washington

    Verlot Campground

    Wiley Creek Group Camp
    Verlot, Washington

    Wiley Creek Group Camp

    Turlo Campground
    Granite Falls, Washington

    Turlo Campground

    Gold Basin Campground
    Granite Falls, Washington

    Gold Basin Campground

    Beaver Creek Group Camp
    Mountain Loop Highway

    Beaver Creek Group Camp

    Marten Creek Group Camp
    Mountain Loop Highway

    Marten Creek Group Camp

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Snohomish County

    Searching for Serenity on the Hike to Lake Serene

    Searching for Serenity on the Hike to Lake Serene

    Andrew Hoang

    Climbing Glacier Peak

    Climbing Glacier Peak

    Karra Russell

    The Best Women’s Gear for Seattle Peak Bagging

    The Best Women’s Gear for Seattle Peak Bagging

    Rachel Davidson

    Weekend Warrior: 72 Hours In Seattle, WA

    Weekend Warrior: 72 Hours In Seattle, WA

    Scott Kranz

    The 20 Best Campsites near Seattle

    The 20 Best Campsites near Seattle

    The Outbound Collective