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5 hikes perfect for late fall and winter

Try these hikes selected by Teresa Hagerty, founder and guide at Cascade Mountain Adventures. #newdaynw

With this cold weather, we're sure some of you are starting to feel cabin fever creep in.

Well, there are a ton of great reasons to give winter hiking a try.

Teresa Hagerty, founder and guide at Cascade Mountain Adventures, joined the show to tell us about some great spots with — safety in mind. 

"The five hikes we're going to talk about today are areas with destinations in mind for our friends throughout the state that are reasonably approachable for most folks," Hagerty said. 

To ensure safety, she also recommends specific gear to bring along on hikes. These include microspikes that sit right over standard hiking boots, snow shoes, gloves, and a dry bag that has extra shirts, socks, and warm leggings. 

Featured hikes

Puget Sound:

Twin Falls State Park

A 2.6-mile round trip hike to two beautiful lowland waterfalls in the I-90 corridor. Located in Olallie State Park right outside of North Bend.

"This is a destination in mind for folks who aren’t interested in the deep snow experience but just want the taste of it," Hagerty said. With a 500 feet elevation gain, this hike is just enough to get your heart rate up. 

It's popular for a reason though, so arrive early.

South Puget Sound:

Rampart Ridge - Mt. Rainier National Park

A moderately challenging 4.6-mile journey through an incredible forest and views across to stunning Eagle Peak. This is a round trip trail with a 1300 elevation gain that leads from Longmire. 

Save this one for a lower avalanche risk blue sky day since there is some avalanche terrain hikers will pass through. 

"When in doubt, talk to the rangers at Longmire," Hagerty said.

Central Washington:

Grace Lakes

For more experienced hikers, this is a short, steep, and sweet hike 4-mile snowshoe to snow-covered Grace Lake from the Stevens Pass ski area. The hike is accessible from the upper lot of the Stevens Pass ski area, where you will ascend 500 feet.

Hagerty advises getting there early since it's a popular destination. The hike features two beautiful alpine lakes right above the ski area. Hot cocoa awaits at the ski lodge on your return.

Eastern Washington:

Frater Lake

Explore 10 miles of meandering trails in the Selkirk Range. This hike is just outside of Colville on Highway 20. This is a gorgeous snowshoeing and cross-country skiing destination with an adorable warming hut. With many different experiences available.

"This a great opportunity for everybody," Hagerty said. 

Remember your Sno-Park permit!

Olympic Peninsula:

Ruby Beach

Located in Olympic National Park, the recently re-opened Ruby Beach is a delightful short or long walk along the stunning Pacific coastline.

"For those who are over the snow, who want something gorgeous, this place is incredible year-round," Hagerty said. 

The hike is a 6-mile round trip and is a great opportunity to explore the beach. 

Segment Producer Rebecca Perry. Watch New Day Northwest 11 a.m. weekdays on KING 5 and streaming live on KING5.com. Contact New Day.   

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