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
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.