This is a strenuous out and back trail to Granite Mountain in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Granite mountain is a strenuous hike with nearly 4000 feet of elevation gain. The hike is a great workout and you'll be treated to beautiful views of the valley, surrounding mountains, and of course - the fire lookout.
This trail goes by Crystal Lake.
Park at the Granite Mountain trail head with a valid Northwest Forest Pass.
The trail starts steep and remains very steep for almost the entire hike. The hike begins in the beautiful forest eventually leading to beautiful meadows. In early summer the meadows will be filled with bear grass that goes up to your waist as well as other wildflowers. Continue up the mountain until you can see the lookout and you'll know you're close. To get to the lookout there is a trail that goes right up to it, or you can scramble through the boulder field. At the top you'll have a beautiful view of the surrounding area - and maybe even Mt. Rainier.
See the Washington Trails Association webpage here for more information.
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