Letters to the Editor

Fast Focus 'What is your favorite northwest getaway?' Crazy about the Cascades

Our family of four, with two boys, likes to hike in the mountains when we can. A good day hike from here is Round Mountain in the Goat Rock Wilderness, just east of White Pass. It is a vigorous hike of two miles with quite an elevation gain. But the view at the abandoned fire lookout is spectacular. Mount Adams to the southwest, Mount Rainier to the northwest, Rim Rock Lake and Clear lake straight east and 2,000 feet below us.

On a longer weekend, we have hiked Maple Loop Trail at the Rainy Pass Trailhead on the North Cascades Highway. Again, a challenging hike of eight miles, three mountain passes, one hogback ridge with Lake Ann on your left if you hike it counterclockwise or on your right if you hike it clockwise. Hiking is fun, inexpensive and can be full of surprises.

-- RON SNYDER, Kennewick