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Backpacker Magazine – March 2014
Our trail scouts' top local hikes.
Score ocean views and camp in a blufftop coastal meadow on this 11-mile out-and-back. Hike through fields choked with bright yellow coastal bush lupine and fuzzy lavender pussy ears (blooming in March). Keep right at mile 3.8 to set up camp at Wildcat Campground at mile 5.7 (permit required; $20/night). Follow the beach 1 mile south to see 40-foot Alamere Falls plunging from the cliff above. Trip data
Lena Lake, Olympic NF, WA
Traipse through centuries-old woods to a mountain lake on this 5.2-mile out-and-back. Enter old-growth forest at mile 1, where 200-foot-tall firs and cedars crowd the trail and white tri-petaled trillium blooms in early spring. Cross a bridge over snowmelt-fueled Lena Creek to overlook the 55-acre lake at mile 2.6; descend .3 mile to camp at the shore (free, no permit required). Trip data