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    • North Bonneville, Washington

      Table Mountain via Aldrich Butte Trailhead

      4.7
      16 mi / 3350 ft gain
      Hike up into the forest (take the right path, not the one going left), and follow it all the way until you get to "Carpenter Lake" (which always seems to be just an empty, marshy field). Keep going and do not take the right path at the first Y split off. Instead, stay left, until you come to anot...
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    • Quilcene, Washington

      Marmot Pass via Big Quilcene Trail

      5.0
      10.5 mi / 3481 ft gain
      This trail has a nice, steady climb that's perfect for beginner or intermediate backpackers. The first 2.5 miles follow a forest trail along the Big Quilcene River. For the next 3 miles, the trail flows in and out of shaded trees, over a small talus field, and through a meadow before the final ac...
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    • Port Angeles, Washington

      Marymere Falls

      4.3
      1.93 mi / 531 ft gain
      Marymere Falls (90 ft.) is located in Olympic National Park, near Lake Crescent. The falls can be accessed by a short, well-maintained dirt trail through old-growth lowland forest consisting of fir, cedar, hemlock, and alder trees. The creek descends from Aurora Ridge and tumbles over Marymere Fa...
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    • Skamania County, Washington

      Indian Heaven to Blue Lake

      4.5
      6.71 mi / 997 ft gain
      Crowds and mosquitoes were nonexistent as we went a bit early in the season. The trails were all covered in snow, but we were able to do some way finding with a GPS and topo map. 3.5 miles in we found a dry spot next to Blue Lake and set up shop. After dropping off our gear we climbed up Gifford...
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    • Amboy, Washington

      Siouxon Trail to 14 Mile Falls

      5.0
      13.03 mi / 2310 ft gain
      When you park at the top of the trail, all you see is layers and layers of emerald trees and ground clear of any underbrush. Once on the trail, you start on a rapid decline that brings you to the first of the many streams along this hike. Cross the bridge made out of logs and head towards the ma...
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    • Quincy, Washington

      Ancient Lakes via Judith Pool

      3.6
      4.44 mi / 558 ft gain
      All around you, waterfalls pour over cliffs as you gaze upon colorful lakes. If you're lucky, a coyote scampers by through a patch of wildflowers – it's just another beautiful day in the Ancient Lakes basin, a gem tucked along the Columbia River Gorge in Central Washington. From the parking lot,...
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    • Oak Harbor, Washington

      Camp & Hike at the Deception Pass Headlands

      5.0
      5 mi
      THE TRAIL: On the north side of the bridge, you'll come across Rosario Rd. Take this down to the Bowman Bay parking lot and your trailhead begins here. Take a moment to walk out on the fishing pier or watch what people are catching before you continue south on the trail towards Lottie Bay/Lightho...
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    • North Bend, Washington

      Gem Lake, WA

      4.7
      10.4 mi / 2923 ft gain
      This hike shares the trailhead for Snow lake at the Alpental Ski area in Snoqualmie Pass. You'll start out with a great warm up, walking through dense green underbrush and a brief wooded area. Before too long the trail increases in inclination slightly and begins to offer up some small rocky sect...
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    • Seattle, Washington

      Kayak the Washington Arboretum Loop

      4.0
      Situated just southeast from the shores of the University of Washington, the Washington Arboretum Loop is a short yet gorgeous paddling excursion. What it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in its peaceful escape from the city and its beautiful path carved out through fields of lily pads....
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    • Randle, Washington

      Hike to High Rock Lookout

      5.0
      3.2 mi / 1365 ft gain
      High Rock Lookout is aptly named. Perched at 5,685' on a slab of rock, it has sweeping views of the valleys below, Cora Lake, and Mount Rainier. Although it is only a short 1.6 mile hike to the top, it is a steep one. You gain 1,365' to reach the lookout, but the reward is grand.The trail follows...
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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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    • Skamania County, Washington

      Camp Forlorn Lakes & Explore Guler Ice Cave

      Camp at scenic and easily-accessible Forlorn Lakes, where the 25 campsites ($10/night) are both isolated and roomy. Sites have a picnic table and fire ring and provide access to the series of lakes, as well as the East Crater Trailhead which leads into the Indian Heaven Wilderness.Nearby, explore...
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    • Seattle, Washington

      Run The Green Lake Park Loop

      4.0
      Looping around a freshwater lake surrounded by tranquil natural scenery, Green Lake Park trail is considered by many to be Seattle’s go-to running spot. I love it because it’s an urban run that doesn’t feel like one. It’s especially popular with beginning runners and the after-work/weekend crowd....
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    • Carbonado, Washington

      Hike Bearhead Mountain

      5.0
      6 mi / 1800 ft gain
      Formerly the site of an old fire lookout, Bearhead Mountain located in the Clearwater Wilderness, provides great unobstructed views of the north side of Mount Rainier, Little Tahoma, and many other surrounding Cascade mountain peaks. In the summer months you are likely to encounter great wildflow...
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    • Woodland, Washington

      Explore the Cedar Grist Mill

      3.6
      After parking in the lot near the mill, walk across the bridge. This is the first good viewpoint for photography. Next, I recommend walking under the bridge, this is my favorite spot for taking photos. The whole area is free to walk around, you can even walk in the mill and then walk up stream do...
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    • Quincy, Washington

      Ancient Lakes Trail

      4.7
      4.34 mi / 213 ft gain
      On the hunt for a dry, scenic backpack during a weekend of dreary, wet, early September weather in the mountains, we decided to head toward the high desert outside of Quincy, WA. After a short hike in, we found a site seldom seen - waterfalls and lakes in the midst of the desert - an area known a...
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