National Trails Day! Puget Sound Area, I-90 at Exit 47. This is a great day hike, and because it doesn't have wilderness restrictions it is popular with large groups. The heavy use means heavy maintenance needs. We'll work below the John Wayne Trail clearing out brush and getting the tread in shape for summer hikers.
This heavily used trail starts out in a 1950’s clear-cut, now covered with young trees, crosses the old Milwaukee Railroad tracks, following on the north side of the old railroad grade-turned Iron Horse Trail and many clearcuts. After this, it gets a bit more scenic as the trail climbs into virgin forest until the lakeshore of Annette Lake, set beneath Silver Peak at about three miles. This is a good day hike, and without wilderness restrictions it is popular with large groups. Camping is popular on weekends.
GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head