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Central Cascades
The Central Cascades region of Washington is located east of Puget Sound in the Cascade Mountain range. It spans from just north of the Mount Rainier area, all the way north to highway 2. Due to its close proximity to major cities, the trails in these areas are some of the most popular in the Pacific Northwest.
The Most Popular Hikes in Central Cascades
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The trailhead to Rattlesnake Mountain is located on beautiful Rattlesnake Lake (which affords flat grassy areas, great for picnicking after this invigorating hike.) The hike winds through the Cedar River watershed at its beginning before climbing to the steep cliffs of Rattl...Read More
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Mount Si is one of Washington's most heavily used trails. It provides impressive views of the Cascades, Seattle and the Puget Sound Basin and is used by experienced hikers and novices alike. You pay for the views however, with an elevation gain of over 800 feet per mil...Read More
A foggy view up at the haystack. The beginning of the decent at the top... looking down the trail. A view up the trail about 1/3 of the way up. Trail was in great shape.
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More than 80 miles of trails are located within the 13,000 acre Tiger Mountain State Forest. The trailheads are located less than a half hour from Seattle, and this makes it one of Washington's busiest trailheads. Cars can be seen parked along the High Point entrance al...Read More
The trailhead Quite the workout, but very enjoyable! It was a rainy muddy day.
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Wallace Falls give a spectacular display from several viewpoints along the trail. The trail is most commonly traveled as an out and back but you can form a loop by continuing past the falls and returning via an old logging railroad bed. The 256 foot tall falls are a great ...Read More
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Little Si is a great day hike if you're looking for a fun workout. The trail is an ascent for most of its duration. It begins with an immediate climb through an outcropping of rock. The middle section of the hike is a gradual climb through second-growth forest. Toward th...Read More
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The Twin Falls trail wonders through old-growth forest for 1.2 miles where it culminates on a well maintained bridge suspended over the falls. This hike starts out easy and follows alongside the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River. After a ways, the trail shifts away from t...Read More
Remember to always stay on the trail! The wife and brother excited to be there Ashlee under a tree
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The Chirico Trail (also refered to as Pilots Trail) is a steady climb up the western side of Tiger Mountain to Poo Poo Point. The point and the field below are used as a major paragliding park in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources along wi...Read More
View from POO POO point near sunset.
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The trip to Mailbox Peak is not for the faint of heart and might not be recommended for those of you who have to get out of bed the next morning! With over 6 miles of trail and 4,000' of elevation gain, this hike will make you work up a sweat, not to mention make your th...Read More
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The trail to Snow Lake is one of the most popular in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and its easy to see why. The hike begins at the base of Alpental ski area and the first 1.5 miles of the hike resembles Gold Creek Valley. The trail wanders through the valley with Denny M...Read More
Snow Lake from just below the ridge. There were lots of fall colors along the trail Snow Lake
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The trail to Lake Serene is full of beauty, with both Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene competing as major attractions along the way. Bridal Veil Creek makes its way from the lake, cascading all the way over rocks in many streams. The creek descends 1,300 feet in less than...Read More
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