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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-06-2018, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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Live 10 min from the border. Figured getting to some WA mountains would take about as long as some of our local mountains. Never done any hikes in WA, love a good lake, a bit of a scramble, and any time I get above the treeline. Hoping for some recommendations.

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Live 10 min from the border. Figured getting to some WA mountains would take about as long as some of our local mountains. Never done any hikes in WA, love a good lake, a bit of a scramble, and any time I get above the treeline. Hoping for some recommendations.

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Are you looking for hikes right now or throughout the summer? The "Washington Trails Association" website (https://www.wta.org/) is a great resource, and "Day Hiking: North Cascades" by Craig Romano is a good book with lots of hikes in Northern Washington that would be day trips from the border. A few that I have hiked by Mount Baker include Heliotrope Ridge and Lake Ann (although you'd need to wait until later in the year to hike them) and a few around Bellingham area and a bit farther South, which are more coastal hikes and not above treeline but can be hiked pretty much all year, would be Oyster Dome and several around Deception Pass State Park (Goose Rock, Rosario Head, Sugarloaf). Hope that helps.

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There's a lot of cool stuff in the North Cascades. Hidden Lake Peak is probably the best 'amazing views for little effort', especially if you camp to enjoy the sunset, did it this past fall. Del Campo Peak is a pretty fun summer scramble. Tomihoi peak is good. Vesper peak is pretty neat. Some of these are season dependent and may require an ice axe.
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