Anywhere I went I was NOT disappointed here. We stopped in Paradise but drove and hiked some of the smaller trails all around. I vastly underestimated the power and impact of standing at the base of Mt. Rainier and felt the pull to explore the heights as I stood there. Am too old to engage on the more advanced hike and as this was the first time visiting, was unprepared for my comfort with some of the lesser paths on the mountain itself although we did hike other easier areas. Narada Falls is a must, well worth the trek to observation area and be prepared to get soaked from this mists. I loved it!!!!. Mt. Rainier constantly teased us with possibly seeing the top. Clouds would thin and almost clear then suddenly thicken up. This is an Elder Mountain and as such has retained all the power and majesty throughout time.See more..
4.5Mt Erie Park(250 reviews) - Absolutely fantastic and a short drive from Anacortes Mountains
This 400ft bluff is treasured by locals and tourists alike. You can drive to the top, or hike it (remember: 400ft elevation gain). Either way, the views are stunning and the Mountain Guardian sculpture designed by a local artist in the mid-60's reminds you of Myst. See more..
4.0Crystal Mountain Resort(194 reviews) - Amazing Day Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Mountains • Ski & Snowboard Areas
An alpine ski resort in the Washington Cascades.See more..
The hike from the School House museum to the turtlehead lookout took us 2-1/4 hours. It was about 5 miles. Beautiful, well managed trail. Tons of moss and ferns. The whole first mile was an ascending grade. Lovely view from the lookout. See more..
We drowe through the mountains on North Cascades higway 20. We passed Winthrop,Mazama and through Washington pass we have arrived to Diablo Lake Vista Point. Breathtaking views to mountains on highway and unforgetable views from Diablo Vista point to the lake and mountains. All day blue sky.Day after we decided to hike Thornton Lakes trail. It was rainy day and the trail was really challenge but we enjoy it and survive it.See more..
4.5Mt Si(48 reviews) - Oh please, we all know its Twin Peaks. A beautiful sight always and a slog of a hiking trail. Spent More than 3 hours Mountains
But Mt Si is always beautiful. With clouds around it, it looks very Japanese. With snow, it is majestic. And when the sun reflects on it, it turns bright orange and you will think you are in Sedona. It is a magical mountain- always changing it 's personality, but never being less than stunning. See more..
The largest of the San Juan islands is also one of the prettiest, with rocky terrain for hiking and dramatic shorelines for kayaking and whale watching.See more..
4.5Mountain Loop Highway(25 reviews) - Mountain Sights Spent More than 3 hours Mountains • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Scenic Drives
We have a cabin just outside Granite Falls so we visit this area many times each year. The road is paved part of the way and then extends further on a well preserved dirt road for 40+ miles. The Loop highway can be done in a day but there are so many interesting places to visit worth stopping at. The photo here was taken by the Ice Caves. The area is a Hikers Delight and worth many visits if you are staying long.See more..
A two-mile trail up Table Mountain offers views of several mountains and lakes.See more..
5.0Mount Storm King(19 reviews) - Great View of Lake Crescent Mountains • Hiking Trails
We hiked the Storm King Trail after a short hike to Marymere Falls near Crescent Lake. The trail is short, less than 2 miles, but quite steep with switchbacks all the way. As you get near the end, there are some nice views. The maintained portion of the trail ends but there isn't much of a view here. Continue on the unmaintained trail and soon come to a section with fixed ropes. There was a pile of old climbing gloves we used for this part, but you might want to bring some if you don't want to wear dirty gloves. Once up the ropes, its a short climb up some rocks to a fantastic overlook. The views of Lake Crescent are really great. We saw a lot of little birds up here, Canada jays. Please don't feed wildlife as we saw some people doing it. Note this is not the summit of Mount Storm King, not even close.See more..
4.5Enchantment Lakes(19 reviews) - One of the most exceptional hikes in the Northwest Spent More than 3 hours Bodies of Water • Mountains • Hiking Trails
If you are fortunate enough to get picked out of the lottery, I would recommend sleeping at Colchuck Lake and the trying Aasgard Pass the next day. It is a tough hike but the result is worth it. The Enchantment Lakes atop Aasgard pass feel as though you have stepped into a different world. Seeing every star at night is also a pretty cool bonus. Make sure to have a water filter! Here are realistic hiking times: - The hike up to Colcheck from the trailhead takes about 3.5 Hours Up, 3 Down. - To get to Aasgard Pass, you need to go around the lake which takes about 45 minutes - Aasgard Pass takes about 4 Hours Up, 2.5 Down.See more..
Hiking to the top takes time, water, switchbacks, and some boulder clambering, but it is well worth the views, air, and fresh filtered water (bring your own filtering system). We were so high at the top that when a small aircraft flew by, you could see the numbers on the side and stare into the eyes of the pilot and passengers. Obviously not highly recommended for those with extreme fear of heights.See more..
One of the most eventful experiences for a not so frequent hiker like me. Went up on the new trail, took me more than 3 hours. There were moments during last half mile where I thought of giving up and heading back. But kept going anyways and reached the peak. But ran out of fluids and food, big mistake, I underestimated. To cut the downhike time short, i used old trail, another mistake, it was even more tiring , half way down my body shut down due to lack of fluids and calories. One nice fellow hiker ( I hope he sees this review and responds) on his way helped me and offered me water and pole. I was terribly slow, but was able to make it to the parking lot. Overall very good hike, the views from the top totally worth it, could spend hours. But respect your body's ability and bring lots of fluids and high calories healthy foods.See more..
4.5Mount Ellinor(11 reviews) - I love the snow Spent More than 3 hours Mountains
This is an awesome conditioning hike. I have hiked Mount Ellinor in every season, but the most fun is with snow on itSee more..
We took a group of kids aged 6 through 11 years old. They all did well & loved it. The mountain is only about 1600' high. At the summit there are picnic tables and a view. If you don't want to hike, you may also drive to the top. There are two trails: Wildcat & Gold Creek. Be prepared to see bicyclists, motorcyclists & horseback riders on the trails. Also, in the spring and fall, be prepared for some muddy areas.See more..
5.0Silver Star Mountain(4 reviews) - Moderately difficult trail with amazing vista views from the top of Silver Star Mountain Spent More than 3 hours Mountains • Hiking Trails
From the Grouse Vista trail head (GPS coordinates 45.7218211334099, -122.26956713944674) it is a moderately difficult hike up to the top of Silver Star Mountain. Topping out at over 4000 feet, you are then rewarded with a 'top of the world' view that includes Hood, Adams, Rainier, Jefferson, St. Helen's, Baker and the Northern Cascades. This is the best mountaintop view in SW Washington. Hike is 6+ miles RT with 2000' elevation gain, with no facilities. Bring plenty of water and snacks, and you will be rewarded with a view to last a lifetime. Hike is rocky and steep at the start and at the finish, but moderate between. Grouse Vista Trail head is a one hour drive from Portland. Parking at the trail head requires a pass which must be purchased elsewhere, ahead of time.See more..
5.0Mount Beljica(3 reviews) - Hikers Paradise Spent More than 3 hours Mountains
This is a great mountain to climb. Above Camp Muir you’re going to want a guide unless you’re a climbing expert. Even if you’re not going above Camp Muir you may want a guide if the weather isn’t favorable. On our hike down from Muir the trail was snow covered, there were tracks in all directions, and the fog limited visibility to about 50 feet. Very easy to get lost. There’s cell coverage at Paradise and then at the higher elevations so bring your phone as well to aid winter navigation. Rainier is a beautiful mountain.See more..
4.5Desolation Peak(2 reviews) - Far more impressive than it looks from the bottom! Wow! Mountains
The hike to this peak is long and tough.See more..
5.0Mount Townsend(1 review) - Greats views from a steep hike. Mountains • Hiking Trails
Trail goes up almost 3,000 feet in 3 miles over a lot of switch backs. You walk a ridgeline to the very peak. Round trip is 8 miles - allow plenty of time and bring plenty of water. Lots of horse flies when I went up unfortunately. The small parking lot fills quickly on weekends. I parked on shoulder arriving 9AM on a Saturday.See more..