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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 12:04 pm 
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Just a thought, what’s everyone’s favorite wilderness in Washington?

I found this picture and a list of all 33 wildernesses in the state. The National parks are oddly named but we’ll call them as they are now.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Boulder River Wilderness
The Brothers Wilderness
Buckhorn Wilderness
Clearwater Wilderness
Colonel Bob Wilderness
Daniel J. Evans Wilderness
Glacier Peak Wilderness
Glacier View Wilderness
Goat Marsh Research Natural Area
Goat Rocks Wilderness
Henry M. Jackson Wilderness
Indian Heaven Wilderness
Juniper Dunes Wilderness
Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness
Mount Adams Wilderness
Mount Baker Wilderness
Mount Rainier Wilderness
Mount Skokomish Wilderness
Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness
Norse Peak Wilderness
Pasayten Wilderness
Salmo-Priest Wilderness
San Juan Wilderness
Stephen Mather Wilderness
Tatoosh Wilderness
The Enchantments
Trapper Creek Wilderness
Washington Islands Wilderness
Wenaha–Tucannon Wilderness
Wild Sky Wilderness
William O. Douglas Wilderness
Wonder Mountain Wilderness

I’ve visited a lot of them around our state, and by far my favorite is the Olympic National park area (Daniel J. Evans wilderness). The wildlife, flora, mountains & glaciers are all incredible in my opinion. That wilderness has everything you could want.

What’s your favorite and why?
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 12:18 pm 
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Can't narrow it down to 1, have to pick 2.  Alpine Lakes and  Glacier Peak.  With one you have polished granite and gorgeous lakes everywhere, the other is the king of meadowy ridge walking.



And I also love the Mt. Baker, Stephen Mather and Henry Jackson, because gorgeous scenery of course.
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 12:23 pm 
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The spreadsheet I use to track where I've been says 46% of the trails I've hiked have been in the ALW. So gotta be there. Alpine lakes just never get old and the area is very accessible. I'm surprised it doesn't have National Park status to honest.
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 12:26 pm 
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Henry M Jackson because I live there and the Glacier Peak wilderness because I am close to there. I don't like to drive far to hike.

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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 12:35 pm 
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I'm quite fond of the Clearwater and Colonel Bob Areas because some of my favorite day hikes have come in those areas and I've always had relative solitude.

If I had to choose one wilderness as the "best" in the state I'd vote GPW. Only think it lacks is premier river valley hikes/rain forest. It has everything else you could want. One of the best backpacking areas in the state.
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 12:48 pm 
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The Enchantments is not its own standalone wilderness area, it is part of the Alpine Lakes, just fyi.

But to answer your question: Juniper Dunes, of course.
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 1:12 pm 
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Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

Olympic Park is my go-to backpacking destination.

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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 2:48 pm 
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Pasayten, Glacier Peak, Stephen Mather, Chelan Sawtooth, Alpine Lakes.

Maybe not in that order depending on the day you ask.
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 6:06 pm 
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pasayten,glacier peak
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 8:06 pm 
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Cool idea for a thread!  Here's my list:

Stephen Mather Wilderness (North Cascades National Park)
Glacier Peak Wilderness
Daniel J Evans Wilderness (Olympic National Park)
Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Mount Rainier Wilderness
Goat Rocks Wilderness

It's interesting to see the Pasayten Wilderness so high on so many people's list.  I've only had one trip onto the Pasayten, but I can see I need to get out there more!
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 8:58 pm 
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They are all good but The William O Douglas and Salmo-Priest have been two that I'm fond of.
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 11:10 pm 
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It’s awesome to see everyone’s feedback! It looks like as of right now the glacier peak wilderness has the popular vote! But I get that, I spent 4 days solo a few years ago in the gpw and that’s where I saw the best alpine sunset of my life! The pasayten definitely gets an honorable mention to because of the alpine fishing experiences I’ve had out there! Such great alpine fishing, and the remoteness and solitude is definitely a draw.
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 11:14 pm 
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RichP wrote:
They are all good but The William O Douglas and Salmo-Priest have been two that I'm fond of.

Elaborate on the salmo-priest wilderness please. That’s like the most isolated far out wilderness we got lol I’ve yet to get out any where near there...
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PostTue Mar 09, 2021 11:40 pm 
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Henry Jackson, Glacier Peak and Mt. Baker
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PostWed Mar 10, 2021 9:47 am 
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The Salmo-Priest has a 20+ mile ridge traverse called The Shedroof Divide. Probably one of the least used wilderness areas in the state due to its remoteness from Pugetopolis. The one semi-popular hike is the Salmo-Priest Loop.

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/shedroof-divide
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