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10 Summer Hikes perfect for all levels!

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| July 20, 2021
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Summer and hiking are two great tastes that taste great together! 100° heat waves aside, the summer months provide an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy the full beauty of our beloved PNW.

Whether you are a hiking novice or a seasoned trekker, we’ve got you covered! Here are 10 of our favorite hikes for 2021.

Before you go, stay safer by checking both weather and fire conditions. If you are hiking in high alpine country, make sure you check avalanche conditions as well.

And don’t forget to check out our list of 10 essential items you should take with you on your excursion. If you don’t already have them around the house, stop by your local Bartell’s to round out the list.

Once you have checked conditions and packed your essentials, you’re ready to hit the Bartrails!

Trails Under 5 Miles:

Bench and Snow Lakes

Distance: 2.5 mi
Elevation: 610 ft

Take in views of Rainier with this gentle hike to two alpine lakes.

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/bench-and-snow-lakes

Noble Knob

Distance: 5 mi
Elevation: 950 ft
This trail has it all, from meadows to lakes to snow-capped peaks, with grandiose views of Rainier to top it all off.
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/noble-knob

Ape Caves – reservations needed

Distance: 2.8 mi
Elevation: 350 ft
At a constant 42 degrees, you’ll want a sweater for this hike. Take some flashlights and extra batteries to explore these fascinating lava tubes.
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ape-cave

Hikes of 5 to 10 Miles:

Park Butte

Distance: 7.5 mi
Elevation: 2200 ft

Hike to a historic fire lookout for amazing views of Mount Baker and the surrounding area.

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/park-butte

Fremont Lookout

Distance: 5.6 mi
Elevation: 1200 ft
Get stellar views on the Sunrise side of Rainier with this hike to another historic fire lookout.
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-fremont-lookout

Ira Spring Trail – Mason Lake

Distance: 6.5 mi
Elevation: 2420 ft
This popular trail in Snoqualmie pass will get your heart pumping as you hike along ridgelines to Mason Lake.
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ira-spring-memorial

Lake Serene

Distance: 8.2 mi
Elevation: 2000 ft
Best to go on weekdays to avoid crowds, Lake Serene has good reason for being so popular. Plus, you get the added bonus of a short side trip to Bridal Veil Falls if you like!

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lake-serene

Treks Over 10 Miles

Lila Lake

Distance: 11 mi
Elevation: 2800 ft

Follow the trail to Rachel Lake, then continue above it for another 1.5 miles to reach Lila Lake, with mountain peaks in the backdrop.

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lila-lake

Rampart Ridge – Rampart Lakes

Distance: 11 mi
Elevation: 2200 ft

Another trail that branches off from Rachel Lake, the hike to the right branches off to Lila Lake, while the left continues to a series of pothole lakes known as the Rampart Lakes.
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/rampart-ridge-1

Horseshoe Basin

Distance: 12 mi
Elevation: 1550 ft

Hike into this vast wilderness and you may have a shot at seeing sheep, deer, and bears. (We highly recommend carrying bear spray!) At the end of the trail, reach your arm out and touch the invisible line that is the Canadian border!
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/horseshoe-basin-pasayten