Stay Active With 10 Local Day Hikes

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Hikes To the East (I-90 corridor)

Rattlesnake Ledge (website)
4.0 miles round-trip—elevation gain: 1160 feet—highest point: 2078 feet
“The views are unbelievable. Peer southeast into the rarely seen Cedar River watershed, with Chester Morse Lake dominating the close-in scenery.”

Little Si (website)
5.0 miles round-trip– elevation gain: 1200 feet—highest point: 1576 feet
“Enjoy stellar views of the North Bend valley.”

Dirty Harry’s Balcony (website)
5.0 miles round-trip—elevation gain: 1300 feet—highest point: 2600 feet
“Marvelous views sweep across the rugged mountains to the south and east. Big Mac (McClellan Butte) rises to the south. On your east flank is Bandera Mountain, while to the west Mount Washington rises into the sun.”

Poo Poo Point (website)
7.4 miles round-trip—elevation gain: 1650 feet—highest point: 1850 feet
“Views of Issaquah Valley, Lake Sammamish, and the Bellevue skyline beyond. On clear days, Mount Baker can even be seen in the distance.”

Mount Si via Mount Teneriffe Road Trail (website)
8.0 miles round-trip—elevation gain: 2950 feet—highest point: 3900 feet
“Great views of Mt. Rainier, Rattlesnake Ledge, and Mailbox Peak, overlooks an old clear cut at one of the road switchbacks…view of The Haystack.”

 

Hikes To The North

Lord Hill (website)
3.5 miles round-trip—elevation gain: 200 feet—highest point: 650 feet
“Lord Hill is a place of natural beauty too, with placid ponds, Snohomish River frontage, scenic lookouts, and lush forests. Its large and varied habitats also support a wide array of wildlife, including bears, cougars, and bobcats.”

Heather Lake (website)
4.6 miles round-trip—elevation gain: 1100 feet—highest point: 2500 feet
“Expect, too, to be serenaded by babbling brooks, wooed by fine views of Mount Pilchuck’s craggy, rocky north face, and charmed by Heather’s placid waters.”

Lake 22 (website)
5.4 miles round-trip—elevation gain: 1350 feet—highest point: 2400 feet
“The lake, which is over 50 feet deep, supports a fair amount of fish. But the only thing you may be intent on catching here is the sun’s rays shimmering off of the twinkling waters and a whole lot of gorgeous scenery.”

Lake Serene—Bridal Veil Falls (website)
7.2 miles round-trip—elevation gain: 200 feet—highest point: 2521 feet
“When the basin is calm, those imposing rock faces delicately reflect in the lake’s surface. Now, that’s serene and quite a sight!”

Mount Dickerman (website)
8.6 miles round-trip—elevation gain: 3875 feet—highest point: 5723 feet
“Prominent (views) to the north are Baker and White Chuck, east there are Pugh, Sloan, and Glacier, south views of Rainier above a wall of jagged summits, and west Pilchuck and Three Fingers stand out.”

For more local hikes, check out the Washington Trails Association at http://www.wta.org/.

 

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