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    • Ronald, Washington

      Marmot and Jade Lakes via Deception Pass Trail

      5.0
      20.29 mi / 4370 ft gain
      The road in is passable with basically any vehicle, though there are some potholes to be avoided. Start at the Deception Pass Trailhead near the parking lot. There is a quick and easy 4.5 miles as you pass Hyas Lake, then you start climbing up to the trail junction for Tuck and Robin Lakes and th...
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    • Yacolt, Washington

      Hike Silver Star Mountain

      4.6
      Silver Star is simply a must-do hike for adventure lovers here in the Northwest!From the parking area, take the main trail up to the first open meadow. Eds Trail splits off here, meeting back up just before the summit. Be warned, Eds Trail is much steeper in sections and is more difficult than th...
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    • Ashford, Washington

      Tolmie Peak's Fire Lookout

      4.4
      5.73 mi / 1250 ft gain
      Mount Rainier is spectacular to look at, but sometimes the best views aren't from on its slopes, but just a little ways away. Tucked in the seldom-visited northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park, the Tolmie Peak fire lookout frames the mountain's rugged slopes with a pristine alpine lake ...
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    • Carson, Washington

      Falls Creek Falls

      4.8
      5.82 mi / 1512 ft gain
      The trail to Falls Creek Falls is well maintained with a few short moderately steep areas. The trail hugs the creek for the first mile, and takes you through old growth trees for the second mile. Once the falls are in sight, make sure to stop and look up to see the top tier through the trees. It'...
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    • Seattle, Washington

      Night Photography at Gasworks Park

      4.8
      Everyone knows Gasworks Park for its awesome views of downtown Seattle. A great spot during anytime of the year, the park is even beautiful at night, when you can see reflections of the city lights in Lake Union. Make sure you bring a tripod to capture some awesome long exposure images!During the...
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    • Cougar, Washington

      Explore the Ape Caves

      4.0
      As if erupting volcanoes weren't awesome enough, ancient lava flows also left behind these giant, hollow tubes as they cooled. Spend all day exploring deep underground in this 2.5 mile cave.To get there, head to the SOUTH side of Mount Saint Helens. You must pass through the town of Cougar to get...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Gothic Basin

      4.4
      8.74 mi / 2785 ft gain
      Looking for a hike that will make you feel like you're in a foreign landscape, but don't have to deal with that far of a drive? Then consider hiking Gothic Basin. This hike is located only 30 miles down the Mountain Loop Highway, which is nearly a hour shorter for people that live in the greater ...
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    • 18113 Upper Hoh Road, Washington

      Hoh Rainforest and Hall Of Mosses

      4.5
      1.04 mi / 203 ft gain
      Starting at the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center, take the only trail out into the forest itself. After a few hundred yards there will be a sign pointing you in the direction of the Hall Of Mosses. Follow signs and a very well-maintained trail over crystal clear creeks and fallen trees until you r...
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    • Stevenson, Washington

      Hamilton Mountain

      4.2
      5.61 mi / 2336 ft gain
      Hamilton Mountain has one of the best views in the Columbia Gorge. The hike starts out with a gradual uphill climb through an old-growth forest. After about a half-mile in you will come to a clearing where you can see the ridge line going up to the top of Hamilton Mountain. From there you'll pass...
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    • Snoqualmie, Washington

      Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

      4.0
      10.54 mi / 2664 ft gain
      The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail is often associated with Rattlesnake Ledge, one of the busiest hiking destinations around. But most people don't know that you can continue on from Rattlesnake Ledge another 10 miles to Snoqualmie Point Park. Using the Snoqualmie Point Trailhead, this hike is a wo...
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    • Edmonds, Washington

      Hike to Meadowdale Beach

      5.0
      If you plan to hike to this beach on the weekend, arrive early because the parking lot fills up fast. From the trailhead, hike down through an old forest along a stream to reach Meadowdale Beach Park. Take in the sounds of birds, wildlife, and the stream adjacent to the trail. At one mile you wil...
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    • Seattle, Washington

      Golden Gardens Park

      4.5
      Golden Gardens Park is a beautiful, sandy gem that’s perfect for spending a sunny summer day lounging on the beach, exploring the shore, stand up paddling, or even playing beach volleyball. This park also features some of my favorite views in Seattle. As day turns to night, enjoy a beautiful suns...
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    • Forks, Washington

      Explore Ruby Beach

      5.0
      If you’re looking for a mellow day at the beach, this is a great spot! There’s an easy path from the parking area down to the beach that’s less than 0.25 miles, so it’s not too difficult to the things you may want or need. Just north of the parking area, there’s a series of tide pools to explore....
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    • Ronald, Washington

      Tuck and Robin Lakes

      4.3
      13.94 mi / 4199 ft gain
      Robin Lakes have been coined "The Little Enchantments", and once you visit, you'll realize the nickname is strikingly accurate. But while the hike up is no Aasgard Pass, it's far from a walk in the park. When you leave the car at the end of the pothole-ridden Salmon La Sac forest service road, y...
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    • Washougal, Washington

      Cape Horn Trail

      4.3
      6.76 mi / 1795 ft gain
      The Cape Horn Trail is great for those who are short on time, but still want to get outside for something close by with great views. Located just 35 min east of Portland, the Cape Horn Trail offers a few different possibilities for you to hike. The whole loop (lower section is closed from Feb 1s...
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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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