Location: Washington

Cutthroat Pass

switchback in the trail with golden larches

Cutthroat pass is one of the easier areas to go and view the infamous Golden Larches. Expect finding big crowds during peak season.

Wellington Ghost Town

wellington ghost town snow shed

Wellington ghost town provides a window into how harsh the mountain passes in the state can be. Also makes an excellent (easy) trail run.

Cathedral and Amphitheatre

cathedral mountain from amphitheatre mountain access glley

Cathedral and Amphitheatre make an excellent combo for knocking off two peaks. Very close with a straightforward traverse route.

Clark Mountain

clark mountain from the bottom of the gulley

Clark mountain looks easy on paper, but it can be a monster of an adventure. Opt for a lightweight to spread the climb over a couple of days

Lime Kiln

lime kiln historic site

Lime kiln is a great day hike for all ages. On a busy weekend I would not recommend it as a trail run. Especially if it is muddy and wet.

Lower Lena Lake

fire at campsite by lower lena lake

Lower Lena Lake is a great opportunity for an easy overnight just outside of Washington’s Olympic National Park. Camping fills fast though.

South Spectacle Butte

south spectacle butte from lower ice lake

South Spectacle is tough to reach, covered in loose rock, and a fine goal for anyone in for a type 2 suffer fest.

Monte Cristo Snowshoe

monte cristo in winter time

The Monte Cristo Snowshoe is the only way to experience the ghost town alone. But, It is 26 miles Round Trip. Summer is easier…