Have you completely filled in your hiking schedule for the summer? Hopefully there is still some room to add a few more hikes, because these are three places you need to visit! Check out these recommendations for where to hike in 2015 in the Pasayten, Glacier Peak and Goat Rocks wildernesses.
Goat Rocks Wilderness
The Goat Rocks boasts some of the most scenic stretches of trail in all of Washington, unbelievable amounts of wildflowers, perfect views of Mount Rainier and Adams and the Knife’s Edge – a section of the Pacific Crest Trail that you have to hike to believe.
There are so many places to see here: Goat Lake, Lily Basin, Snowgrass Flats, Cispus Basin. Although this wilderness sees many visitors, especially along the PCT, it’s easy to drive to and the hiking is not very difficult.
Break out your guide book and make sure to visit the Goat Rocks this summer.
Glacier Peak Wilderness
One of the more popular treks in Glacier Peak Wilderness is the Spider Meadows – Buck Creek Pass Loop.
The trip up and through Spider Gap and down to the Lyman Lake Basin is one of my favorite trips… ever!
Just last October the Suiattle River Road was reopened after 11 long years, giving access to many fantastic routes.
Another glorious loop in Glacier Peak Wilderness is along the Entiat River with a trip to Ice Lakes.
The Pasayten Wilderness is where you go if you want to get lost. You can sometimes go days here with out seeing another soul.
Most hikers visit the western side, close to Hart’s Pass and the PCT (which is my favorite part of the trial in Washington), but I recommend that you make the long drive over to Tonasket and get started hiking on the Pacific Northwest Trail (also known as the Boundary Trail) and trek the 30 fantastic miles to Cathedral Pass and Amphitheater Mountain.
You’ll pass the old Tungsten Mine and Apex Pass and, if you do the hike in early October, you’ll see the most stunning display of larch in the state.