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Where to Hike in 2015: Pasayten, Glacier Peak and Goat Rocks Wilderness

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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

Where to Hike in 2015
Mount Rainier and Packwood Lake from the Lily Basin Trail

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

Where to Hike in 2015
Spider Meadows and Phelps Creek

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.

Where to Hike in 2015
Upper Lyman Lake


Pasayten Wilderness

Where to Hike in 2015
Lakeview Ridge in the Pasayten Wilderness

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.

Where to Hike in 2015
Amphitheater Mountain

For me, photography and outdoor travel have always been linked. In 1976, I planned my first trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. Two of my friends accompanied me - we hitchhiked from Eastern Pennsylvania to the Cascade Locks in Oregon and hiked south through most of Oregon on the trail. I borrowed a friends Nikkormat for the trip and tried hard to capture the look and feel of what I saw. Since that first trip on the PCT I have traveled broadly (50 states, 50 countries), yet no matter where I was living - in the US or overseas - I always felt a tug back to the Pacific Northwest. Finally settled in NW Washington, I am at home and have an abundance of outdoor photographic subjects. My favorite places are the North Cascades and the Olympic Coast. I'm currently offering photography classes in Bellingham, Burlington and Marysville as well as doing photo tours.

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