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6 Ridiculously Beautiful Hikes in Washington

Washington is known for its gorgeous hikes. The Alpine lakes. Jagged peaks. Mesmerizing wildflowers. This place has it all. Here are six hikes I especially love and admire.

The Enchantments

Perfection Lake in the Enchantments thru hike.
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

Nestled in the rugged Cascade Range, The Enchantments is a breathtaking alpine wilderness in Washington State. With crystal-clear lakes, towering peaks, and enchanting forests, this area is a paradise for hikers and backpackers seeking unparalleled natural beauty.

Summit Lake

Mount Rainier in a purple color at sunrise. Low clouds are forming at the bottom.
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Situated high in the mountains, Summit Lake is a serene alpine gem offering panoramic views of Mt. Rainier. Surrounded by lush meadows and rocky outcrops, it’s a perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful escape and a connection with nature.

Wing Lake

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Tucked away in a secluded basin, Wing Lake is a pristine alpine lake surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks. The trail leading to Wing Lake promises a rewarding journey through diverse landscapes, culminating in the stunning beauty of this high-altitude destination.

Chain Lakes Loop

Exploring Chain lakes Loop near Mt. Baker.
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A picturesque loop trail, the Chain Lakes Loop winds through meadows and forests and alongside several pristine mountain lakes. Hikers can enjoy a variety of landscapes, from open vistas to reflective waters, making it a versatile and captivating trek for outdoor enthusiasts.

Skyline Trail

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Offering sweeping views of rugged Mt Rainier National Park and lush valleys to the south, the Skyline Trail is a classic hiking experience. Whether ascending to high viewpoints or traversing through alpine meadows, this trail promises a captivating journey above the treeline with stunning vistas at every turn.

Yellow Aster Butte

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Perched in the North Cascades, Yellow Aster Butte is a stunning alpine destination known for its vibrant wildflowers and panoramic views. Hikers can revel in the beauty of blooming meadows and expansive landscapes as they ascend to the butte’s summit, a perfect reward for the adventurous.

Park Butte Lookout

A hiker sits on the railing at Park Butte Lookout with Mt Baker behind him.
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

Overlooking the sprawling landscapes of the Mt Baker area, Park Butte Lookout stands as a sentinel atop a high mountain ridge. This iconic lookout offers unparalleled panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and alpine meadows.

A visit to Park Butte Lookout promises not only a glimpse into the region’s natural splendor but also a sense of accomplishment for those who make the trek to its lofty perch.

Mt Daniel Summit Hike

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Mount Rainier in Winter

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Winter Adventure Gear

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