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Long days and less snow in the mountains: for some, summer is the best hiking season. With so many possible destinations, how do you pick where to go? Let us help. These features highlight some of Washington's best locations, and some you may not have heard of, but are definitely worth a visit.

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The Best Hikes for Your Astrological Sign

If you're looking for hike inspiration based on an arbitrary set of characteristics determined by what time of year you were born, look no further.

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Conditioning Hikes

Have some big adventures planned for summer? Get your body used to the demands of being on trail so you have a lot more fun and you feel more sure on your feet.

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Loop Hikes You Can Do in a Day

Everyone loves a loop hike—each new step leads to you to a new view, meadow, or forest. Luckily, Washington is brimming with loops to explore and we've compiled our favorites here

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5 Sea Breeze Hikes for a Hot Day

When the weather gets hot, try refreshing with an ocean-side trek. Here are five hikes to enjoy a sea breeze this summer.

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Hike the Rainbow: Get a Flower Show on a Trail Near You

Washington is full of colorful wildflowers. Here's where you can find flowers of each color of the rainbow.

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Wilderness Washington: Hike 12 Wilderness Areas

There's no better way to get to know some of Washington's 31 wilderness areas than to hike them. Eighty percent of Washington's wilderness is within 100 miles of major metropolitan areas, making our state's wilderness some of the most accessible in the nation.

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Learn Your History: Layered Stories on Washington's Lands

Next time you go hiking, seek out histories of the trail you might have missed, and realize the complexity of history isn't in knowing the dates of important events, but it's how those events affected the people who weren't writing the history books.

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Hike Washington's National Forests

Get to know the national forests in Washington.

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19 Short Summer Hikes with Giant Views

Find big summer views without putting in long miles.

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Shady Hikes for Hot Summer Days

This summer, take to the trees to enjoy some respite from the sun, and while away the hours basking in the simple sounds and delights that can only be found outside.

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Tunes and Trails: Festival Hikes Around the State

In Washington, music festivals feature gorgeous landscapes as the backdrop to weekends packed full of music. Many of the venues that host these festivals have lots of hiking nearby. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic means these festivals are on pause.

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Hike Blue Lake (All of Them)

Blue Lake is perhaps the most eponymous name for a hike in Washington. With (at least) six of them scattered around the state, saying "I'm going to hike to Blue Lake" might be met with the question, "Which one?"

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