We've often heard people say that the most beautiful places are the hardest to get to. However, we found one that will make you break into a minimal sweat while taking in one of the best sceneries that the Evergreen State has to offer. The Heybrook Lookout viewpoint in Washington is one you probably won't be disappointed with.
Located in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, a 1.9-mile roundtrip hike will take you to this vista point.
The moderate trail begins in the graveled parking lot where you'll need a NW Forest Pass that costs $5 to park.
You might encounter an elk or a bald eagle, or catch a glimpse of a black bear or bobcat too. But watch your step while you take in your surroundings as there can be a bit of an incline.
Hiking shoes and carrying enough water is highly recommended.
The Heybrook Lookout is one of only 106 lookouts left in Washington State and was primarily used to keep an eye on wildfires.
Once you climb about 89 steps to the top, you can relax with a snack with a side of stunning views.
Weekends can get pretty crowded, so pick a weekday, and make sure it's clear because you can soak in a panoramic sight of Mount Index and Bridal Veil Falls, Mount Baring, Mount Persis, and the Wild Sky Wilderness.
Although it gets booked out months in advance, you can also extend your time here by reserving the lookout for $75 per day at this link.
The 14 x14-foot, furnished cabin with basic amenities sleeps four and is perfect for a slumber party with your friends in the woods.
If you're looking to make the most of your trip, why not hike to a 1,328-foot stunning waterfall nearby? It's going to be so worth it!
Price: $5 for the Northwest Forest Pass
Address: US-2, Gold Bar, WA
Why You Need To Go: This easy hike will give you panoramic views of Mount Index and Bridal Veil Falls, Mount Baring, Mount Persis, and the Wild Sky Wilderness. You can also spend the night there!
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