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

Hamilton Mountain – “The Saddle”

Distance: 8.0 Miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back or an option of a loop Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 2,038’ Trail Condition: Well-maintained, rocky at some points, narrow Trail Highlights: Hardy Falls, Rodney Falls, Pool of the Winds, wooden staircase, cliffs, Viewpoints of Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Beacon Rock, Hardy Ridge, Bonneville Dam, Table Mountain, Nesmith Point and Little Hamilton Mountain. Playground … Continue reading Hamilton Mountain – “The Saddle”

Catherine Creek – Rowland Hill

Distance: 5.1 miles RT Hike Type: Three connected loops Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 1,198 Trail Condition: Dirty, rocky, grassy, have to walk on the road for a couple hundred yards Trail Highlights: Views of: Rowland Lake, Columbia River Gorge, Catherine Creek Arch, Mount Hood on a clear day, Catherine Creek, snakes, poison oak, cliff like views, little shade, basalt cliffs, old homestead, wildflowers, small waterfall … Continue reading Catherine Creek – Rowland Hill

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

Che-Che-Op-Tin / Beacon Rock

UPDATED: 4/29/21 Distance: 2 Miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 680’ Trail Condition: Paved, but narrow Trail Highlights: Views of: Columbia River Gorge, Bonneville Dam, Mt Defiance, Eagle Creek fire burn, Munra Point, Elowah Falls, Nesmith Point, Yeon Mountain, Crown Vista Point House and Phoca Rock. Located in 4,464-acre Beacon Rock State Park, restrooms at trailhead, automated pay station at trailhead, walking on an … Continue reading Che-Che-Op-Tin / Beacon Rock

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