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.
Ferry from Seattle to Bremerton
If you get a chance to take the ferry from Seattle to Bremerton it is highly recommended that you take it. The ferry has been running this route since 1951 and it takes about one hour to complete the fantastic journey. The scenery is unbelievable especially when you look up and see Mount Rainer.
Jade Lake is roughly an 11-mile trek from the start of the trail but it is a hike that is well worth taking. The lake is a beautiful sight and one that any keen hiker should have on his or her bucket list. Absolutely stunning scenery with plenty of wildlife and solitude. There are some beautiful views around the lake and it’s a great place to view mountain goats.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is a 110,000-acre volcano that has been set aside for visitors to enjoy, research to be carried out, and for educational purposes. Inside the Monument, the environment is left to respond naturally to the disturbance. Mountain climbing to the summit of the volcano has been allowed since 1986.
Nisqually Vista Trail is a 1-mile loop trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels. As you hike the Nisqually Vista loop, take time to stop at the overlooks (5,165 feet) of the Nisqually Glacier to witness the grandeur of that living entity, the birthplace of the Nisqually River that runs all the way to Puget Sound. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest. The park sprawls across several different ecosystems, from the dramatic peaks of the Olympic Mountains to old-growth forests. The star of the show is the Olympic Mountains with Mount Olympus having a glacier-clad summit which is popular with climbers.
The Palouse is the most serene and pastoral of the seven wonders of Washington State. It is a region in southeastern Washington characterized by gently rolling hills covered with wheat fields. The hills were formed over tens of thousands of years from windblown dust and silt, called “loess”, from dry regions to the southwest.
These 208 miles of rolling hills and farmland with a rich history, small-town charm, spectacular scenic vistas, and outstanding recreational opportunities will blow your mind!
Perfection Lake is part of the Enchantments in Washington State. The lake is shallow and clear at one end and as you walk down the trail you will pass through meadows and continue along the eastern shore. Perfection Outstanding beauty of Perfection Lake will surprise everyone.
Riverfront Park in Spokane
Riverfront Park is a public park in downtown Spokane. The 100-acre park is located along the Spokane River containing the upper Spokane Falls and just upstream from the lower falls. The main feature of the park is the 145-foot tall Pavilion that was created during Expo ’74. The park is well known for the Riverfront Park Carousel, as well as an IMAX theater, clock tower, Skyride over the falls, a small amusement park for kids, a skating rink during the winter months, and the Spokane River Centennial Trail which passes through it.
Mount Shuksan lies 11.6 miles south of the Canadian Border. It’s one of the most photographed mountains in the world due to its sheer beauty. A glaciated complex peak that has four major faces and five ridges to climb.
Cape Flattery is the north-westernmost point of the contiguous United States. Cape Flattery can be reached from a short hike, most of which is board-walked. This also happens to be the oldest named feature in Washington after James Cook named it in 1778.