Now that we have moved to Seattle, we hope to explore the area with plenty of day hikes. This is a wonderful area for outdoors activities (when it isn't raining.)

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain

Cougar Mountain

Cougar Mountain

Snow Lake

Snow Lake

Tulips & Anacortes

Skagit Valley Tulips & Anacortes

West Tiger Mountain

West Tiger Mountain

Lake Serene

Lake Serene

Barclay Lake

Barclay Lake

Lake 22

Lake 22

Heather Lake

Heather Lake

South Cougar Mountain

South Cougar Mountain

Blanca Lake

Blanca Lake

Margaret Lake

Margaret Lake

Rattlesnake Ledge

Rattlesnake Ledge

Talapus Lake & Olallie Lake

Talapus Lake & Olallie Lake

Mount Pilchuck

Mount Pilchuck

Lake Melakwa

Lake Melakwa

Twin Falls

Twin Falls

Little Si

Little Si

Wallace Falls

Wallace Falls

Mount Si

Mount Si

Chain Lakes

Chain Lakes at Artist Point

Kendall Katwalk

Kendall Katwalk

Annette Lake

Annette Lake

Squak Mountain

Squak Mountain

Big Creek Falls

Big Creek Falls

Bandera Mountain

Bandera Mountain

McClellan Butte

McClellan Butte

Granite Mountain

Our second trip up Granite Mountain

Lake Serene

Our second visit to Lake Serene

The book Beyond Mount Si, the best hikes within 85 miles of Seattle, this is our reference guide for selecting hikes. There are 70 hikes listed, each with a 3 page writeup, including a map with an elevation chart. I doubt we will complete all 70, but we've made a good start...

We picked up a second hiking book: 100 Classic Hikes in Washington. It is a nice book, with maps and beautiful color photos. It covers a much larger area than Beyond Mount Si, and many of the hikes are multi-day backpacking trips. But there are several hikes in the book that look interesting, we started with Heather Meadows (Chain Lakes at Artist Point) and the Kendall Katwalk.

In the summer of 2008, we checked out two hiking books from the library that focused specifically on hikes in the I-90 corridor. Because these books were devoted to that one area, they contained hikes not mentioned in the Beyond Mount Si book. We used these books for Squak Mountain, Bandera Mountain, Big Creek Falls and McClellan Butte

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