EXPLORE BEYOND THE CITY
Whether you’re an urban adventurer or you prefer a trip to majestic Mount Rainier, experiencing the Pacific Northwest has never been more convenient. City biking and hiking trails are at your doorstep, while a trip to the Olympic or Cascade Mountains doesn’t require more than a tank of gas.
 
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Lake Ingalls will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve seen this magical place several times and in all four seasons, each time offering a very different experience. Ingalls is not for the casual hiker: A moderate 8-miler that takes you through towering firs and pines beside a rushing river on the valley floor. Climbing higher, you ascend the dry, rocky ridge until you’re likely greeted by one of the many mountain goats, keeping proud vigil over the alpine kingdom. The trail then winds down the opposite side of ridge, through an idyllic meadow lined with golden larch in the fall that is straight out of a fairy tale. Finally, you’ll scramble up a stretch of steep, ancient lava flows until your reach the tarn — Lake Ingalls, basking in the high sun and mountain stillness, with the pristine reflection of Mt. Stuart mirrored in its dark waters. It’s a glorious sight!

 
Marmot Pass

Marmot Pass is a quintessential Olympic Peninsula hike – from old growth forest and the tumbling Quilcene River to broad meadows of wildflowers and supreme views in all directions, this is a trek well worth making.

Marmot Pass makes an excellent day hike, though it’s so beautiful that you may want to consider backpacking. There are two nice camping areas along the way that would open up more possibilities for exploring the area. It’s a popular place to spend the 4th of July – you can see Seattle’s fireworks from the top of Marmot Pass. The views up top are breathtaking – some of the tallest Olympic peaks, the Dungeness Valley, Hood Canal, the Cascades and more.

 
Camp Muir

Since most of us live at sea level, there aren’t many hikes in Washington state that take you over 10,000 feet. There are actually only four, and climbing the most iconic of them all can actually be a relatively easy day trip! It is a straightforward route from the parking lot that offers stunning views the entire way up. On a clear day you can see surrounding volcanoes, the jagged peaks of the Tatoosh and Cascade range, and sometimes all the way to Mt. Hood in central Oregon. Be wary the weather can change quickly on the mountain, so plan accordingly and take plenty of breaks (though you’ll probably want to as you will be gaining 4,700 feet over the course of 4 miles). The mountain has snow year-round so, depending on the season, bring your skis for a fast descent, or try glissading on whatever you have to use as a make-shift sled!

 
Lake Ingalls

Lake Ingalls will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve seen this magical place several times and in all four seasons, each time offering a very different experience. Ingalls is not for the casual hiker: A moderate 8-miler that takes you through towering firs and pines beside a rushing river on the valley floor. Climbing higher, you ascend the dry, rocky ridge until you’re likely greeted by one of the many mountain goats, keeping proud vigil over the alpine kingdom. The trail then winds down the opposite side of ridge, through an idyllic meadow lined with golden larch in the fall that is straight out of a fairy tale. Finally, you’ll scramble up a stretch of steep, ancient lava flows until your reach the tarn — Lake Ingalls, basking in the high sun and mountain stillness, with the pristine reflection of Mt. Stuart mirrored in its dark waters. It’s a glorious sight!

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