Best Hikes Near Seattle Guide Book

by Peter Stekel (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Seattle  by Peter Stekel

264pp/color maps/color photos
ISBN: 9781493008247

Best Hikes Near Seattle is more than a guidebook to trails 60 minutes or 60 miles from Seattle. The book also includes short natural history essays on topics as diverse as the sex life of banana slugs, to how plants get their names, and why you should respect but not fear bears and mountain lions. There is also an extensive section of weather, trail etiquette, hiking with dogs, what constitutes the “Ten Essentials,” why judging trail mileage is an art – not a science, the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, and the value of hikers lobbying for wilderness. The author also presents a history, warts and all, of the drive to operate our hiking trails as profit points for land-use agencies. And of course, as with all of the books in the Best Hikes series, useful trail specs and hike summaries are accompanied by easy-to-read maps and stunning photos.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Seattle" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 42.
... Preview: The Alki Beach Trail draws people year-round and is one of the most popular walks anywhere in Seattle. Summer crowds are definitely a hindrance, but Alki is a great place for leg-stretching the rest o ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: Getting prepared for the hiking season can involve time in the gym. But time spent on a treadmill or stair-climbing machine isn’t very interesting. Fortunately Seattle is blessed in having some steep ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: This popular and well-known trail has everything: a rushing and thundering creek, waterfalls, old-growth forest, wildflowers, views, camping, and a lake. Find the Annette Lake Trail at the southeast ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
North Bend, WA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 7.2
... Preview: Fantastic springtime wildflower displays and distant views are the order of the day on Bandera Mountain, but hikers have to work hard for it. The steep trail gains nearly 3,000 feet in 3.0 miles and h ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
North Bend, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: This is actually two hikes. The first hike, to Barclay Lake, is an easy trail, suitable for young children. It has the added bonus of a lake with a shallow shoreline, large campsites, a designated day ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Index, WA - Hiking
... Preview: The Oxford English Dictionary tells us there are at least a quarter of a million distinct English words, excluding words from technical and regional vocabularies. With that amazing richness, why are s ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Sultan, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
... Preview: An easy-to-moderate half-day walk along the old Milwaukee Railroad grade, which ends with a dynamic view up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley. The trail is a combination of old railroad grade an ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
North Bend, WA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.7
... Preview: What a beautiful place—and so close to town! So unbelievably quiet, too. Adminis- tered by Metro-King County, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park has 35 miles of wooded trails. There are lots of ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Issaquah, WA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: Take a walk on the wild side—trail that is! The way to De Leo Wall and an outstanding view toward Mount Rainier, Renton, and bits of Lake Washington begins with a challenging array of trail junctions. ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Issaquah, WA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: Rather than rushing across Stevens Pass, try a side trip to Deception Falls. This short, family-centric walk to some gorgeous waterfalls also provides an abundance of picnic places, a covered picnic a ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Skykomish, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: This trail does nothing but go up until there is no more up to go—gaining 3,000 feet in less than 4 miles. The elevation gain and constantly walking over loose cobbles on the barest excuse for a trail ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
North Bend, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.2
... Preview: Discovery Park is a 534-acre natural area operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation. At one time it was all part of Fort Lawton, a U.S. Army base. Something curious happened there late one moonless nig ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Seattle, WA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: The very popular walk to Heather Lake is short, but it’s a classic: old-growth and mature second-growth forest, perennial creeks, peekaboo views, and a lake situated in a beautiful setting. Mount Pi ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Granite Falls, WA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6.1
... Preview: A mostly level walk though thick second-growth forest on the old Great Northern Railroad route is the prime reason for hiking the Iron Goat Trail. But there are also dazzling displays of wildflowers d ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Skykomish, WA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: Because it begins by climbing a clear-cut hillside, this isn’t as popular a route as found elsewhere around Snoqualmie Pass. But that prejudice aside, the trail soon enters an old-growth forest and ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Snoqualmie Pass, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Where the North and South Fork Skykomish Rivers come together, passengers in cars motoring along U.S. Highway 2 are treated to an amazing sight. To the south all eyes find it hard to miss the Yosemite ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Index, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.5
... Preview: Lake Twenty-two has a well-justified reputation for being the most popular trail in the Stillaguamish Valley. It’s loved by all kinds of hikers, from families with small children through mountaineers, ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Granite Falls, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
... Preview: Under the shadow of its bigger brother, Little Si is so tiny, so close. Whether you need a quickie in the forest after a hard day at the office or an interesting walk with young children, Little Si is ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
North Bend, WA - Climbing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Reaching Margaret Lake occupies much of the same trail as getting to Lake Lillian, with the added pleasure of being a shorter hike. Another major difference between the destinations is that past the j ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
Snoqualmie Pass, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: Mount Defiance is prominently displayed to motorists heading west on Interstate 90. They never suspect the peak harbors vast fields of wildflowers or views that stretch south to north from Oregon to C ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Seattle"
North Bend, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4