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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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