With the snow still packing in the trails in the higher elevations, check out some of my favorite early season hikes to get the legs back into summer form!
It’s THAT time of year when the cabin fever starts to kick in and when you get some of these warm and sunny days that you want to just head to the mountains and hike. The problem with THAT is, unless you’re good with strapping on the snowshoes or skis…there is still a LOT of snow in the higher elevations and many of the popular hiking spots in our area.
Thankfully, we have an abundance of lower elevation hikes that can give you a nice workout and get you back into shape for when the snow DOES melt away and we can get going on to the more advanced hikes higher up in the mountains.
**NOTE** A couple of these still have a good amount of snow on them because of the insane amount of snow that fell this winter so be aware**
Here are a few of my faves to hit during the spring season.
1. Mount Si
Length: 8 miles roundtrip
Hands down, my favorite one! Just did it on Monday and there is still a lot of snow from about mile 2 up. I recommend bringing some little microspikes and/or some poles.
Length: About 4 miles
This is the ultimate go-to when you’re short on time and you just want to get some incredible scenery. Low effort BIG rewards at the top!
Length: 6 miles roundtrip
A rushing river, old growth trees, splashing waterfalls and mountain views — this classic Northwest trail has a little bit of everything. The trail winds along the river and through the forest for a peaceful, scenic stroll not too far from the city.
Length: 5.5 miles roundtrip
You’ll take in no fewer than nine waterfalls along this popular forested hike, including the 265-foot Wallace Falls. Rumor has it that rainy days make the plunging water along this trail even more dramatic.
5. Oyster Dome
Length: 6.5 miles roundtrip
An hour north of Seattle, this unique little peak offers expansive views of the San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island, the Olympic range and all the natural beauty of the Puget Sound.
6. Boulder River
Length: Up to 8.5 miles roundtrip
There’s not a ton of true old growth forest left in the Cascade lowlands, but some of the most incredible sits along the pristine Boulder River. Stroll among the big trees and gape at several cascading waterfalls on this easy walk in the woods.