Ebey’s Landing 

Climb the lofty coastal bluff, then stare down at Perego’s Lake, a lagoon full of shorebirds that was formed by a narrow spit. Coupeville, Whidbey Island (5.6 miles)

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High Hut

High Hut

A challenging snowshoeing trip that requires 2,400 vertical feet of climbing, but a warm hut at the top works as extra incentive. South of Ashford (8.6 miles)

Hazel Wolf Wetlands

Scan the open water of Beaver Lake Preserve for birds and small mammals and admire Tiger Mountain in the distance. Sammamish (2.7 miles)

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Guillemot Cove

Guillemot Cove

A former private estate is now a nature preserve that protects pigeon-size, penguinlike seabirds in Hood Canal. West of Bremerton (2.5 miles)

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Ingalls Creek

Ingalls Creek

Boot up for a deep road-free valley in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, a bubbly creek, and maybe even remnants of an old mine. South of Leavenworth (11 miles)




Soda Peaks Lake

Pass Trapper Creek and its spawning salmon at the start and a little subalpine lake and a fine viewpoint at the end. East of Vancouver (10 miles)

Skyline Divide

While your gaze will be to the ground admiring asters, lupine, bistorts, and valerian wildflowers, the views from the 6,000-foot-plus ridge are spectacular too. East of Bellingham  (9 miles)

Evergreen Lookout

Take a short and steep hike through groves of old-growth mountain hemlock and wildflower meadows to a restored fire lookout. East of Monroe (3 miles) 

Tiffany Mountain

One of the highest summits in the state that can be hiked, on a trail that traverses pine groves and stands of golden larches on its way to alpine tundra. North of Winthrop (6 miles)

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Twisp Pass

Twisp Pass

Come autumn the glacier-carved valley is spellbinding, thanks to larches that streak the high slopes in gold and the crimson blueberry bushes. Northwest of Twisp (9 miles) 

Ellis Cove

Explore the 300-acre Priest Point Park, which still looks the way it did in the early 1800s—except for the mossy carved bear sculpture. North of Olympia (2.5 miles)

Grand Ridge

Cedars and firs line the way to the 600-foot-long boardwalk spanning the wetlands around salmon-bearing Canyon Creek. East of Issaquah (11 miles)

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Grand Ridge