With another Covid-19 lockdown in Washington, I have been spending a lot time time exploring all the beautiful hiking trails Washington has to offer. Washington State has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the US. It has enough trails from easy to difficult to keep you satisfied all year long. With snow already gracing our mountains, I am sharing 3 of my favorite easy to moderate trails that are absolutely beautiful to explore this time of the year.
Heather Maple Pass loop is located in the north cascades and roughly 3 hours from Seattle. This 7.5 miles loop is beautiful during all season but especially breathtaking during early winter. Along the hike make sure to stop and take in lake Ann. A glacier beauty nestled between beautiful peaks. At this time of the year, the light snow dusting on the remaining of the fall foliage creates a breathtaking work of art.
Make sure to check the weather report and warning signs for road closure prior to heading to this hike. A northwest Forest pass is required and can be purchased online.
Lake Twenty Two, another hike located in the north cascade is one of the most popular hikes around Mountain Loop Highway. This hike is considered fairly easy and perfect for all ages. The hikes clocks in at 5.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1350 feet. The end of the hike provides beautiful views of Mount Pilchuck. Make sure to stay on the trail and avoid wandering off as avalanches are frequent this time of the year.
Last on the list is Kendall Katwalk-Gravel Lake. This moderate to hard hike is located in the Snoqualmie region and is 12miles long roundtrip. It is part of the Pacific Crest Trail and perfect for those looking for a weekend camping trip. Gravel lake, a little pass the Kendall Katwalk is worth the extra miles. Just above the lake are multiple camping sites perfect for time away from the city.
Always make sure to check the weather report before going on these hikes. Bring enough layers as the weather is unpredictable in the mountains and give yourself enough time to complete these hikes. Lastly have fun and let me know down in the comment section which hikes are your favorite around the Pacific Northwest.