50 Trail Runs in Washington
by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)
© Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Really nice break from the pine-laden trails west of the mountains, plus easy to get to from Seattle (2-2.5 hours). Rolling hills, great wild flowers (in May, at least), awesome views. Would rate it as easy-moderate. Elevation gain is gradual for the most part.
We took the "short" route on the way back and followed the rail tracks to the base. Unfortunately, to get back to the parking lot meant an intense scramble up sketchy elk paths and rock fall to get up over the ridge. Good workout, but not all that much fun. Suggest sticking to the trail on the way back.
We saw a few rattlers along the way, so be sure to wear good boots and long trousers.
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