It has been scientifically proven that seeing the color green boosts creativity! Lucky for us, we’re surrounded by green here in the Evergreen State! Now is the perfect time to try out some of the many hiking trails that the Pacific Northwest has to offer! These walks all have plenty of green trees, so the next time you need a creative boost, take a walk! Here are a few favorites:
This local Issaquah hike is a favorite. A round-trip 7.4 mile hike that begins at Issaquah High School, this hike is a perfect way to take in the beauty of Issaquah. At the top is a beautiful view of Lake Sammamish and is the area where hang gliders and paragliders launch off of the hill.
This hike starts in the North Bend area and is round trip 4 miles long. The Washington Trails Association says that the “trail climbs steeply from the get-go, gaining more than 1000 feet in just over 1.5 miles”, but once you get to the top, there is panoramic views of trees, mountains, and Rattlesnake Lake below.
These neighboring hikes differ in length depending on where you start and if you choose to go on both since they connect to each other. There are trail heads in the parking lot of the Newcastle YMCA and also parking at the turn that links Lakemont Blvd. and Newcastle Golf Club Rd. in Newcastle, WA. On these trails you can see the history of the Newcastle mining industry as well as the Coal Creek Falls and other smaller falls throughout the walk.
To read more about the hikes mentioned, click on the name of the hike above.
For more trails in Washington, check out this map from the Washington Trails Association: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/map