All the Hiking
If you’re looking for easy access to scenic PNW hiking trails, you’ve come to the right place. As mentioned, Granite Falls is the gateway to the lovely Mountain Loop and it’s got all the hiking that you can pack into a weekend. Drive out into the Cascades and you’ll always be a short jaunt from a trailhead.
Cell service is nonexistent on the Loop, so be sure to download this app for navigation. Also, be sure to stop at Ace Hardware in Granite Falls for all your camping supplies and permits before hitting the trailhead.
Lake 22 is a day hike to an alpine lake. Mount Pilchuck offers panoramic views from the fire lookout on top of this 5,000-foot mountain. The Heather Lake trail take hikers another alpine lake at the base of Pilchuck.
If you like ghost towns, you’ll love Monte Cristo -- a deserted mining settlement. And if you’re up for nothing more than a simple day hike, try the relatively easy Lime Kiln Trail, an eight-mile loop to the Stillaguamish River and back.
Where to Stay
Air BnB options include a working sheep farm, cozy cabins with saunas, and other ideal places to kick back for a weekend. Search the AirBnB inventory online to find your spot.
Or, if you’re the adventurous type, stay in a yurt on a working alpaca farm. Paca Pride is a place exactly like no other -- and it’s a stone’s throw from some of the best hiking opportunities in the state.
You can also think of nearby Everett as your Urban Basecamp: a seaside jumping-off point for your mountain adventure. Your best bets include the Hotel Indigo or the Delta Hotel.