Hiker’s Buckets

Here’re some of my favorite hikes, commented on their length, elevation gain and difficulty. More information coming up. The best 3 hikes are marked with pink. The 4th – 6th best hikes are marked with blue. The 7th – 9th best hikes are marked with crimson. Wishlisted Destinations are marked with italic.

Elevation and Length Source: My Fitbit Real Data (different from WTA)

A Couple of Things to Notice:

  • All Washington-based, with some cell signals from Canada 🙂 
  • all lengths are roundtrip
  • elevation gain is not translated directly to difficulty. My sense of difficulty is subjectively measured, depending on how “stony” the road is, how much elevation gain one experienced during what length of trail.
  • More info about the trail coming up… please be patient…

Issaquah Alps/ Snoqualmish Falls-Pass Area

  • Poo Poo Point (7.0/1100/B) [Ups: Paragliders, Down: Parking!!]
  • Twin Falls (3.5/590/C+) [Ups: Easy trail & good for dog walking, Downs: falls not too appealing during (dry) summer]
  • Gold Creek Pond (1.3/0/D-)  [Ups: Beautiful, at the same par as JiuzhaiGou, Down: too easy]
  • Annette Lake (10.2/1900/B+) [Ups: Stunning lake view, great exercise Down: way toooooo many bugs :(, seriously, they chase you ]
  • Source Lake (6.9/750/C+)
  • Rattlesnake Ledge (4.9/1200/B-) [Ups: Classical, Well-maintained, fair view, Downs: a looot of people]

Northern Cascades

  • Oyster Dome (9.2/1210/B-) [Ups: Breathtaking view at the peak, trees will be all below your feet, like “the sea of trees”, oyster catching nearby (not during the trail), Downs: the two lakes following the oyster dome trail not worth the hike]
  • Yellow Aster Trail  (Scheduled Sept.)
  • Maple Loop Pass   (Scheduled Oct.)
  • Lake 22 (6.6/1360/B-) [Ups: Good for snowshoes, and stunning lake view, Downs: too many people, and STONES X_X]
  • Mt. Pilchuck Lookout (5.4/2300/A-) [Ups: View of Mt. Baker, Rainier and Olympics at the same time, stunning!, Downs: Painful stone roads cause serious repercussions, wear the right shoe!]
  • Lake Vallaha Trail (14.6/1700/C+) [Ups: Good exercise, not overcrowded, ok view, Downs: first half too boring, bring your bestie]

Seattle/Tacoma/Puget-Sound West Washington

  • Point Defiance (6.8/450/C-) [Ups: Good for picnic and some heat-up for those who just start hiking or have not hiked for a while, Downs: Lake views are often hindered by trees+ people]
  • Green Lake (3.3/0/D-) [Ups: Pinky bright lake view fulfills all your romantic wishes during sunset, good distance for leisure walk, tennis court nearby; Downs: No downs]
  • St. Edwards State Park (2.7/150/D) [Ups: Ducks xD, oh and the old cathedral, Downs: too many trails, so beware of getting lost (tho not dangerous]

Olympic Penisula/NP

  • Hurricane Hill/Ridge (3.6/560/B)
  • Mount Townsend Traverse – Silver Lake (19.1/3200/A) 
  • Moose Lake (9.9/1580/B) 

Mt. Rainier

  • Tolmie Peak Lookout – Eunice Lake
  • Spray Park – Carbon River (9.4/1770/B)
  • Berkeley Park (8.9/1710/B)

Eastern Washington/East Wentachee

  • Mt. Spokane State Park (14.9/3360/A-) [Third Place]


Here, I publish some ‘minimalism’ itinerary for my past trips, like everything in life, I have not fully prepared to compile them all yet, but here is a sample:

9 Days Trip: Mex City, Guanajuato, La Paz


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