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Dorothy Lake, 45 miles east of Everett, WA. An easy but beautiful hike to this two mile long lake, and if you push on the trail you continue to Lake Bear and Lake Deer

Mount Pugh. North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway. Roundtrip 11.0 miles, Elevation Gain 5300 ft, Highest Point 7201 ft.

Kendall Katwalk. Snoqualmie Pass. Roundtrip 11.0 miles, Elevation Gain 2600 ft, Highest Point 5400 ft.

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Best Hikes in the National Parks

Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Heather Lake — Washington Trails Association North Cascades - Mnt Loop Hwy 4.6 mi 1034 ft gain doggies allowed!! NW Forest Pass required

The 5.5-mile Chain Lakes Trail begins at the end of the road, traverses Table Mountain, and passes a series of alpine lakes. Beyond this, the trail climbs over Herrmann Saddle, enters the Bagley Lakes basin, and ends near the Mt. Baker Ski Area. For a return loop, take the Wild Goose Trail back to Artist Point. http://www.moon.com/destinations/washington/north-cascades/mount-baker/recreation/hiking/heather-meadows-hikes

Goat Lake; North Cascades Breathe in the crisp mountain air all the way from Elliott Creek to McIntosh waterfalls, and then up to this picturesque alpine lake. This long day hike, stepped in mining history, also makes a good overnight North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District Statistics Roundtrip 10.4 miles Elevation Gain 1400 ft Highest Point 3161 ft Features Rivers Lakes Waterfalls Old growth

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Opal Creek (Oregon)

Last weekend, my family and I had the opportunity to hike in the Opal Creek Scenic Area and Wilderness. It is located east of Salem, in the Willamette National Forest. Opal Creek runs through thousands of acres of protected old growth forest, crisscrossed with over 30 miles of hiking trails.