Gothic Basin

Located about thirty miles east of Granite Falls along the Mountain Loop Highway, Gothic Basin sits in the heart of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The fragile alpine basin is tucked between the rugged summits of Gothic and Del Campo … Read More

Chain Lakes Loop

One of the more popular routes in the Mt. Baker Wilderness is a 6.5-mile circuit around the Chain Lakes. Circumnavigating flat-topped Table Mountain, the trail traverses subalpine lakes and wildflower meadows on the northeast side of Mt. Baker. With commanding … Read More

Yellow Aster Butte

Located at the eastern end of the North Cascades’ High Divide, Yellow Aster Butte offers some seriously stunning alpine scenery within the northern reaches of the Mt. Baker Wilderness. With sprawling meadows peppered with tarns and wildflowers giving way to … Read More

Mt. Ellinor

Although our place in Snohomish was a solid four hours from the Olympic Peninsula, I wasn’t leaving Washington without at least one hike in the Olympic Mountains. One afternoon during one of my many bouts of randomly zooming in and … Read More

Mt. Dickerman

In the heart of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mt. Dickerman is an easily accessible peak about 40 minutes (27 miles) east of Granite Falls. Sitting just off the Mountain Loop Highway between the trailheads for Big Four Ice Caves … Read More

Blanca Lake

The eight-mile out-and-back to Blanca Lake is one of the more heavily-trafficked routes in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. The centerpiece of the hike, Blanca Lake is perhaps the most eye-catching of the roughly thirty lakes in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. … Read More

Skyline Divide

Located just east of the tiny town of Glacier, Skyline Divide is a seriously stunning trail in the heart of Washington’s Mount Baker Wilderness. Abutting North Cascades National Park to the east and the Canadian border to the north, the … Read More

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