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Chicago can be a great city to visit for a few days. No other place in the United States has this kind of beach waterfront adjacent to a metropolis. Residents and visitors are endulged with all the city amenities, yet can walk a few blocks to the beach. Chicago has a bad reputation but the city core and waterfront was the cleanest and safest of any city I have ever visited. Numerous large parks are located along the shoreline including bike and running trails that go for miles in each direction.
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Illinois- Charles Mound
Minnesota - Eagle Mountain
Michigan - Mount Arvon
After visiting Chicago, a 1,500 mile road trip was in order to visit the Great Lakes state highpoints.
Interurban Trail - Milton
This section of the Interurban trail runs along a hidden wooded forest on the line between the city of Milton and the southern line of Federal Way. Much of the route is along the East Fork of Hylebos Creek, a glimpse of how this area was once densely forested. This section ends (for now) at the edge of Fife at 70th Avenue E (at the I-5 Fife Curve). Future connections will connect it to the Foothills Trail in Puyallup. But the future DOT Fife curve interchange that will connect Hwy 167 to I-5 will have to be built first.
White Chuck Mountain
Spend any time hiking around the Mountain Loop Highway and you know that White Chuck Mountain has a dominating appearance and location. It has nearly 3800 feet of prominence and ranks as the 25th most prominent peak in Washington State. The solitary mountain is also surprisingly easy, yet potentially dangerous. The climb can be easly done in a half day, in just four or five hours or less. But caution, do not climb when wet do to the slab section.
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Honeymoon Locations Around Washington State
The possibilities for where to go on a honeymoon are endless. But I am asked by many who need to keep the cost low and stay close to home, where to go. In an attempt to help them out and have a good reference to send them to, these are my top 20 suggestions.
High Rock Lookout
One of Washington's easiest to reach lookout buildings is High Rock Lookout, located just south of Mount Rainier National Park. The short 1.6 mile hike attracts the novice and experienced hikers because the views are superb and there is a lookout. High Rock is also a prominence peak at #45 in Washington with over 3,000 feet of it. Notice at the trailhead parking you can look in the distance to see the destination, such a rare thing in Washington.
WInchester Mountain Lookout
Winchester Mountain is one of the best hikes in the state with spectacular views from start to finish. Even before the hike starts, the trailhead and alpine primitive car camping location at Twin Lakes should be explored. Twin Lakes at an elevation of 5,200 feet are set in a alpine cirque bowl beneath Winchester and Bear Mountains, surrounded by meadows and subalpine trees. Mount Baker mirrored in the lake as the trail starts to ascend meadows to a historic lookout on the summit, with up close views of Shuksan, Tomyhoi, Larrabee, and American Border Peak.
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Surprise & Glacier Lakes
Surprise and Glacier are two lakes at the edge of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness that make for a popular destination for overnight trips. The first lake is Surprise, ringed by green trees, shallow waters, and granite boulders. Glacier Lake is a bit further but is much larger, deeper and has the cliffs hanging above in all directions.
Greenwater Lakes - Lost Lake Trail
Popular with beginners and fishermen, the Greenwater Lakes Trail is a relatively easy valley trail through some spectacular old-growth forest, with lakes as destinations. The first lakes are the Greenwater Lakes, just 2 easy miles up the trail, surrounded by many campsites. But for some extra effort, the hike continues a bit further to a trail split. Left to Echo Lake, right to Lost Lake. This report covers Lost Lake, a tree-ringed body of water trapped like a bathtub, its outlet is underground!
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Surprise, Spark Plug & Liberation Peak
These three mountains are three of the four peaks that encircle Glacier and Surprise Lake. All three are possible during one trip to the area. All three peaks offer views, each with similar perspectives but each peeks at different lakes far below.
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Mount Kent
The only reason people climb Mount Kent is because it is along the I-90 corridor and has an official name. Even then, the register shows just a hand full of people each summer bravely reach the summit and sign. The main route utilizes the McClellan Butte Trail, so why would anyone leave the trail to go up a lesser, semi forested summit? To check it off the list of course.
Silver Star Mountain
The top mountain to hike in the SW corner of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is Silver Star Mountain. These mountains are the far west of the Cascade Range, at the edge of the urban areas of Vancouver and Portland. The highest peaks are relatively low in elevation but due to the 1902 Yacolt Burn, the most destructive fire in modern state history, the area never recovered, and has burned additional times. This means meadows and big views!
Tyee Lookout
On a high ridge line over the Entiat River Valley is Tyee Mountain Lookout. A rough, deteriorating 4WD road climbs to the 6,600 foot summit, where the lookout gets a fair amount of visitors. The lookout was constructed during 1931, replaced in the 1950s, and barely survived during the summer of 1994 when the lookout nearly burned in the Tyee Creek Fire.
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More Former Lookouts
Frost Mountain
Quartz Mountain
Taneum Point
Peoh Point
Chasing the quest to visit all 700+ former lookouts in Washington
Martin Lookout
Stampede Pass Lookout
Tahuya Lookout
Mason Lake Lookout
Maloney Ridge
Highwire Ridge
If you are like me, driving in traffic through Sultan and Startup is torture. My eyes always start wandering off the road to a certain knob which tempts the mind...climb me, come climb me. The isolated knob I refer to is Highwire Ridge, a 600+ prominent uplift just north of the highway. For those not into dumpster hiking, recently the summit was harvested offering sweeping views across the Puget Sound lowlands. Take the family, it's a nice hike, with two viewpoint options.
Western Washington roads over 5,000 feet
Come mid-July through mid-October, you should consider finding a trail that has a high access road. Because snow sticks around for so long in Western Washington, these places are easily accessible for just a few short months. This is a list of the 15 locations on or west of the Cascade Crest. Elevations are approximate. Of course, there are many roads that reach the 4,000 foot level that access amazing places too, but this list has just those above 5,000 feet.
Sulphur Mountain
This trail starts at the end of the Suiattle River Road, which just re-opened in Fall of 2014 after years of closure due to washouts. This trail climbs 4,600 relentless feet, all in the trees, to a small meadow ridge, the site of a former lookout. I have read trip reports about this trail for 20 years saying....don't do it! But, if you can muster some strength and continue to the real summit of Sulphur, all your efforts will be worth it.
More Washington State Parks
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More Former Lookouts
Baker Point
Dillard Point
Jefferson Ridge
Webb Mountain Upper
Chasing the quest to visit all 700+ former lookouts in Washington
Sulphur Butte
Pleasant Valley
Webb Mountain Lower
Barlow Point Trail
Barlow Point a great viewpoint at the heart of the Mountain Loop Highway. With its history from the trailhead to the summit and easy access, if there was ever a place to rebuild a fire lookout, this would be it. A Forest Service Guard Station stood at Barlow Pass for many years providing a phone line connection between Forest Rangers posted here and at other stations in Darrington, Monte Cristo and Silverton.
Finding The Blackjack Ridge Lookout
Abandoned around 1950, this lookout may have remained undisturbed for 65 years. This is why I had to find it! The location on Blackjack Ridge is so obscure, there really isn't any reason people would come across the site. How it was accessed is currently a mystery. The location is odd as much of the site is surrounded by old-growth timber. On the lookout point is a scattering of bolts, wires, metal, the stove pipe and even the wood stove nearby. Getting to it is quite an adventure, not one for the average hiker.
Lookout Mountain - Glacier Creek Road
I have gotten out and summited something on New Years Day for the past 18 years. This year 2015 was Lookout Mountain, which is located just West of Mount Baker, not to be confused with the Lookout Mountain near Bellingham, or the one near Marblemount. The snow was exceptionally deep and full of air in the brush below. Lucky for us, this was mostly a road walk that had a snow grooming machine and snowmobile tracks. But, the second peak had no such tracks and took a half hour to climb the first 100 vertical feet!
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Battle Ground Lake State Park
Lake Easton State Park
Belfair State Park
Paradise Point State Park
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