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By Pass Trail
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
A short access trail from the Clay Pit Road that connects with the Cave Hole Trail and others to make endless loop options on Cougar Mountain.
 
Red Cedars
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Access several loop options at the north side of Cougar Mountain with the Red Cedars Trail.
 
Mitchell Peak
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A now-inaccessible trail that used to lead to a former Forest Service fire lookout located in beautiful sub-alpine terrain with panorama views of the major SW Washington & Oregon volcanoes.
 
White Salmon Road Snowshoe
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0.00
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Snowshoe or cross-country ski on this road just below the Mount Baker Ski Area.
 
Tumwater Falls Park
Average rating:
0.00
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Visit a park near Olympia that boasts it all: native flora and fauna, an interpretive nature trail, historical markers, and plenty to keep kids entertained all year round.
 
Capitol State Forest - Porter Falls
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0.00
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Hike along a gentle grade as it climbs along Porter Creek and crosses it, traveling west on the other side, keeping the road you arrived on in view. As you reach the confluence of Porter Creek and the West Fork of Porter Creek, you also reach the waterfall, your destination.
 
Capitol State Forest - McLane Creek
Average rating:
4.00
(8 votes)
Hikers of all ages, especially children, will love this easy loop, one of the finest nature trails in Western Washington. Plenty of birds and critters will captivate you along the way.
 
Tolt - MacDonald Park
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0.00
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This King County park offers a getaway that's less than an hour from Seattle. Join other outdoor enthusiasts on the trails of Tolt-MacDonald, balance on a suspension bridge, and if that's not enough, join up with the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and take a jaunt along its 27-mile length.
 
Ames Lake Forest
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With many miles of trails that are being improved by King County Parks, Ames Lake Forest is a good option for anyone looking to get away from crowds at Tolt-MacDonald. Keep in mind that this is a watershed though, and be certain to keep Leave No Trace principles in mind in this sensitive area.
 
Twisp River Rearing Ponds
Average rating:
0.00
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This area is being actively restored to a natural state. A loop hike suitable for all ages winds through wetlands in a critical salmon rearing area.
 
Scatter Lake
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
In an area of supreme larch hikes, Scatter Lake ranks among the best. Clamber up a steep and arduous trail to this secluded tarn tucked in a high cirque beneath the 8321-foot summit of Abernathy Peak. Once there, find a shoreline spot for sunning or set out to explore the surrounding blueberry-carpeted, larch-lined, barren-sloped basin.
 
White Bluffs - South Slope
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
The White Bluffs area offers an incredible desert landscape to explore. The amazing clay/sand bluffs boast amazing patterns woven into their faces--patterns created by the network of sand and clay layers as well as the hundreds of holes that serve as nesting sites for cliff swallows and many species of raptors that come to this area in spring. Heading south, you have numerous roaming options, and going in this direction would take many visits to fully explore.
 
Bear Ridge
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Hike this little-used trail on the east side of Cougar Mountain past an enormous glacial boulder left over from the last ice age.
 
Shangri La
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
A gorgeous trail accessible from Anti-Aircraft trailhead on Cougar Mountain. Enjoy wildflowers, as well as the notable "Fantastic Erratic" glacier boulder.
 
Sky Country
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
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A connector to Military Road along 166th Way SE on Cougar Mountain.
 
Nike Horse Trail
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
A way from the Sky Country Trailhead on Cougar Mountain to access the Cave Hole Trail via a loop with Old Man's Trail.
 
Quarry
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
A trail leading from Coal Creek Falls that takes hikers even deeper into Cougar Mountain Wildland Park.
 
Cave Hole
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
A short hike out to an interesting remnant of the mining activity that took place on Cougar Mountain.
 
Mine Shaft Trail
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
A short jaunt off the Clay Pit Road to a deep mineshaft left over from mining activities that used to take place on Cougar Mountain in the late 1800s.
 
Old Man's Trail
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
A short access trail to the cave holes on Cougar Mountain.
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Ridge
Average rating:
2.00
(1 votes)
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A short hike near the top of Taylor Mountain, just before attaining Holder Knob.
 
Taylor Mountain
Average rating:
2.14
(7 votes)
Taylor Mountain represents an experiment in forest management. Over the decades, loggers took what they could from the 1700-acre forest, leaving behind a mess of scrub brush and second- (and third-) growth trees. But that young forest has filled in nicely and nature is once more proving that, given the chance, it can recover on its own.
 
Tiger Mountain Trail South
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
The Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT) is to Tiger Mountain what the Pacific Crest Trail is to the Cascades--a long, winding trail that crosses many summits and offers a long thru hike or short section hikes. This is the shortest, but possibly most scenic, of the main TMT sections. It's an outstanding introduction to Tiger Mountain and its wonderful wildland trails.
 
Tiger Mountain Trail North
Average rating:
2.86
(7 votes)
The crown jewel of the Tiger Mountain trail network will be thirty years old in 2009: the Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT) officially opened on October 13, 1979. This long trail meanders across the three main Tiger peaks, running some 16 miles from the southeast side of the big mountain all the way across to the northwest corner of the Tiger Mountain State Forest. This hike--the northern end of the TMT--is one of the more scenic stretches you'll find, with grand views and plenty of natural habitat to explore.
 
South Tiger Traverse
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
A short hike on the south side of Tiger Mountain through beautiful old forest.
 
South Tiger Powerline
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
Cut across to the south section of the Tiger Mountain Trail from the South Tiger Traverse.
 
Northwest Timber Trail
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
With little elevation change and a modest distance, this is a great Tiger Mountain trail for after work, especially on hot summer days. The cool forest tempers the worst summer heat wave, while the lush forests provide all the relaxation you could want. As you trek along this multiuse trail (open to horses and mountain bikes as well as hikers), keep silent and you're likely to hear the raucous calls of ravens, the screams of hawks, the chirps of juncos, and the rat-a-tat-tats of woodpeckers.
 
Iverson Railroad Trail
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Take a hike on the east side of Tiger Mountain along an old railroad grade.
 
Grand Canyon of Fifteenmile Creek
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
A short and secluded walk along Fifteenmile creek offers views of waterfalls, cliffs and old coal mines.
 
East Tiger
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Branch off from the Paw Print Connector to the east side of Tiger Mountain and explore this trail with many access points.
 
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