Winchester Mountain Lookout

Distance: 4 Miles RT or 9 Miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Gain: 1,300’ or 2,900’ Trail Condition: Maintained, dirt, rock, narrow, forest road Trail Highlights: Winchester Mountain Lookout at 6,521’ (first come-first served), Twin Lakes, possible 2.5 mile walk on forest road each way, views of Canadian and Cascade Range mountains: Tomyhoi, Border Peaks, Larrabee, The Pleiades, Slesse (BC), Canadian Cascades, … Continue reading Winchester Mountain Lookout

Blue Lake Trail

Distance: 5.2 miles RT Hike Type: Loop Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 560’ Trail Condition: narrow, rocky, dirt path, shaded in spots, sandy Trail Highlights: Creek crossings, views of Mt St Helens (on a clear day), Huckleberry Saddle, Butte Camp Dome, meadows, huckleberries (during season), Blue Lake, old growth forest, dead forest, Coldspring Creek, debris slide areas, big noble firs, Douglas-firs, red alder, lodgepole pine, silver firs, … Continue reading Blue Lake Trail

Monitor Ridge Trail on Loowit / Mount St Helens

UPDATED: 4/29/21 So, you’re going to climb Mount St Helens, eh? Well that’s probably one of the best ideas you could have! It’s the only non-technical summit climb in the area that doesn’t require you have to have mountaineering gear during the late summer months. However, just because its non-technical doesn’t mean it’s easy. Not only is it physically hard, but it’s mentally difficult as … Continue reading Monitor Ridge Trail on Loowit / Mount St Helens

Cascade Lake to Mount Constitution

Distance: 8.3 Miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back or Lollipop-Loop Difficulty: Moderate to Hard Elevation Gain: 2,306’ Trail Condition: Maintained but can be narrow at times and hugs a cliff, Rocky at times Trail Highlights: Old mining cave you can explore, located within the Moran State Park, Views of: Summit Lake, Bellingham Bay, all of Whatcom county, Canada, the Puget Sound, the Cascade Range, Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver Island … Continue reading Cascade Lake to Mount Constitution

Silver Star via Grouse Vista Trail

Distance: 6.8 miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 2, 271′ (in 3.4 miles) Trail Condition: Steep, Dirt to rocky, Two options to summit Trail Highlights: 360-degree summit views, Wildflowers in the spring, Huckleberries in the fall, Can connect to Hidden Falls (10-miles RT added), Remnants of an old lookout tower, No switchbacks, Views of: Mount St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Rainier, Mount Hood … Continue reading Silver Star via Grouse Vista Trail

Hummocks Trail

Distance: 2.4 miles RT Hike Type: Loop Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 100 Trail Condition: Well-maintained and marked Trail Highlights: Views of Mount St Helens and hummocks, Interpretive Signs, Perfect for little ones, Close to the Mount St Helens Visitor Center, Large parking lot Trail Head(s): Hummocks Trailhead Fees: None Dogs Allowed: No Crowd Level: Light on weekdays, Busy on weekends Type of Shoe Needed: Tennis … Continue reading Hummocks Trail

Anderson Butte-Watson and Anderson Lakes

Distance: 7 miles RT for Anderson Butte, Anderson Lakes & Watson Lakes 2.8 miles RT to Anderson Butte 5 miles RT to Watson Lakes 4 miles RT to Anderson Lakes Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 1,000’ ish (trailhead starts at 4,300’) Trail Condition: Narrow Trail Highlights: Good camping spots, Views of Lakes, Views of Mount Baker, 3 different trails, 4 different trail routes, … Continue reading Anderson Butte-Watson and Anderson Lakes

Table Mountain

Distance: 3.0 Miles or 4.5 Miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Gain: 725‘ or 1,200′ Trail Condition: Narrow and rocky Trail Highlights: Little ponds dot the plateau, 360-degree view, Right next to Artist Point, Views of: Mount Baker, Shuksan, Chain Lakes, Heather Meadows, Swift Creek Drainage, Ptarmigan Ridge and Chain lakes trail below Trail Head(s): Table Mountain (#681) Fees: NW Forest Pass … Continue reading Table Mountain