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Ebey's Landing

Image: Craig Romano

January

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. (Read moreCoupeville, Whidbey Island (5.6 miles)

February

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. (Read moreSouth of Ashford (8.6 miles)

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High Hut

Image: Craig Romano 

March

Hazel Wolf Wetlands

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

April

Guillemot Cove

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

May

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. (Read moreSouth of Leavenworth (11 miles) 

 

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Ingalls Creek

Image: Craig Romano

June

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. (Read more) East of Vancouver (10 miles) 

July

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. (Read moreEast of Bellingham  (9 miles)

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Skyline Divide

Image: Craig Romano

August

Evergreen Lookout

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

September

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. (Read moreNorth of Winthrop (6 miles) 

October

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. (Read moreNorthwest of Twisp (9 miles) 

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Twisp Pass

Image: Craig Romano

November

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. (Read moreNorth of Olympia (2.5 miles)

December

Grand Ridge

Cedars and firs line the way to the 600-foot-long boardwalk spanning the wetlands around salmon-bearing Canyon Creek. (Read more) (1 or 2 East of Issaquah (11 miles) 

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Grand Ridge 

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