Washington National Forest Maps
Washington is home to big mountains, bigger forests, and some of the biggest volcanic peaks in the country. Wenatchee and Snoqualmie National Forests serve Seattle’s population well for all their outdoor needs. Seattle is known for having one of the highest outdoors users per capita and for a city of its size, that means a LOT of backcountry users. It is no wonder that Seattle is home to a number of outdoor oriented corporations. It is impossible to be in the city and not be immediately drawn to the mountains that appear to be just outside the city.
Alpine Lakes, glacier capped mountains, big mossy trees and an abundance of running water make this area a unique destination for year round recreation. Seattle’s reputation for wet weather is not overblown, but the summers can be quite nice and the views afforded by a clear day after a rain are VERY worth it.
With the exception of the volcanic peaks, the mountain areas are a lot easier to handle, respiratorially speaking of course, than California’s Sierra or much of Colorado. Despite the lower elevations, the snow line can be quite low and, as always, the mountain weather is subject to change at a moment’s notice. Mt Baker, Mt Shuksan, Mt Adams, and of course, Mt Rainier are all world class examples of big mountain climbing and are considered the continental proving grounds for attempts on Alaskan and international peak pushes. In many cases, winter is the easiest time of year to climb.
National Forests maps included on this site: Columbia River Gorge, Northern Washington PCT, Southern Washington PCT.
Maps to be added include: Mt Baker National Forest, Wenatchee National Forest, Snoqualmie National Forest, Olympic National Forest.