Granite Mountain Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features beautiful wildflowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers outstanding views from its peak that include Crystal Lake, Kaleetan Peak and Mount Rainer, and a number of activity options. The best time to enjoy the staggering sights is during the week as sometimes weekends can get a little busy at the summit.
In the North Cascade mountains is a reservoir created by Diablo Dam, it is called Diablo Lake. The lake holds rainbow, coastal cutthroat, brook, and the federally threatened bull trout. It is a popular recreational spot for kayakers and canoeists. The unique, intense turquoise hue of the lake’s water is attributed to the surrounding glaciers that grind rocks into a fine powder that is carried into the lake through creeks. That fine powder stays suspended in the lake, giving the water its brilliant color.