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The Top 5 Washington Viewpoints

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Davis Peak

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This 10-mile-trail gains 4000 ft and is considered to be a difficult hike. After a strenuous hike, you are rewarded with a 360-degree panorama view of more than 10 Cascade Mountain peaks. With a peak elevation of 6400 ft, on a clear day you can see for miles. You can see alpine lakes, the Cascade Range including Mount Stuart and Mount Adams. This challenging hike is well worth the views.

Mount Catherine

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You don't always have to hike 10+ miles to find the best viewpoints. Hiking to the summit of Mount Catherine is only an elevation gain of 1330 ft. This 3-mile-long hike is usually snow-free from July until November. Don't forget your camera because you'll want to document the spectacular views. From the peak you can see Mount Rainier, Tinkham Peak, and Silver Peak, only to name a few. You will also have views of the beautiful blue of Keechelus Lake.

Jolly Mountain

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This 12-mile-long roundtrip hike has an elevation gain of 4000 ft. Make sure you are prepared before taking on this intense hike, but don't worry, the views are definitely worth it. With the viewpoint at 6440 ft the views are impressive. You can see Chimney Rock, Summit Chief, Glacier, and Stuart peaks, only to name a few. Pack a lunch and enjoy the view. Keep your eyes peeled for Mount Rainier which you can see on an exceptionally clear day.

Thorp Mountain

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Taking No Name Ridge to the peak of Thorp Mountain is a 9-mile roundtrip trail. With views along the majority of this hike you will be surprised that it keeps getting better with each stop. At the top you are greeted with an old fire lookout tower. You can find exquisite views in all directions. With many lakes, peaks, and mountain ranges you could stay for hours. You can even see Mount Rainier from here.

Red Top Lookout

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For those not looking for a strenuous hike, you can still find amazing viewpoints at Red Top Lookout. This 1.7-mile trail only has an elevation gain of 505 feet, so it is perfect for those looking for those easy lookouts. You are rewarded with views of the Stuart range and Teanaway ridge to the north, Chelan and Entiat mountains to the northeast, and Mount Adams and Mount Rainier to the southwest. If you're lucky and the lookout stair case unlocked, you can get an even better view from the tower.


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