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Your PNW Mountain Weekend Starts Here

Granite Falls is the southern gateway to the Mountain Loop Highway. The Mountain Loop is a 52-mile scenic byway that takes motorists and bicyclists out into the North Cascades and back. This is your destination for fishing, hiking, and camping.

Make Granite Falls the base camp for your weekend adventures.

Your best bet for breakfast is Lyla’s Cafe (106 S Cascade Ave #101). Located just inside town, Lyla’s specializes in brunchy pastries, sandwiches, and coffee. The small-town warmth and ample carbohydrates are just the thing to warm up before your weekend of hiking.

Need camping supplies? Your best bet is one block away at the Ace Hardware (108 S Granite Ave). Ace sells maps, camping gear, and permits.

Ace Hardware. Good for camping supplies.

The traveler who is journeying with intention will want to visit the Granite Falls Historical Museum (109 E Union St). The town takes pride in its cultural heritage and goes to great lengths to celebrate its storied history of mining and timber felling. 

Finally, before you leave town be sure to fill your cooler at the I.G.A. grocery store (115 N Granite Ave). The deli in particular has foods that require little to no prep (for those of you who aren’t cool with cooking over an open fire or on a camp stove). 

Granite Falls Historical Museum.

Overnight camping 

There aren’t any hotels in this neck of the woods, so AirBnB cabins or camping are your best bets. Reserve an AirBnB in advance, especially during the summer when folks are out and about in the hills.

Please check the signs as you head out of town. If a burn ban is in effect there are absolutely no fires.

Enjoy camping and resting at your chosen spot for the evening. The scent of the evergreens, views of snowy peaks (yes, even in summer)... that’s the life. No light pollution makes for starry skies. Enjoy the view!

Zip up that sleeping bag and get some rest. The coming day will bring you a full PNW summer hiking experience.

Camping on the 'Loop.

Love hiking on the Mountain Loop? Try Lake 22!

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