Take your new “quad” map out for a hike

View of Mount Baker from the Lyman Radio Site on DNR-managed trust land northeast of Sedro-Woolley. Photo: Tom Mahon/DNR.
View of Mount Baker from the Lyman Radio Site on DNR-managed trust land northeast of Sedro-Woolley. Photo: Tom Mahon/DNR.

Interested in outdoor recreation? Want to find new places to go (or just figure out where you’ve been)? DNR Public Lands Quadrangle maps are a great asset to anyone who wants to explore Washington state’s great outdoors.

“Quad” maps are full-color printed maps that show important details (including boundaries) about parcels of public land down to 10 acres in size. The maps also show highways, roads, trails, water features, recreation sites, and other key features. Each of these 1:100,000 scale maps covers an area of about 1,600 square miles, with one inch being the equivalent of approximately 1.6 miles.

In addition to recreation enthusiasts, the series of 50 maps published by DNR are popular with hunters, backcountry hikers, and emergency responders. DNR Public Lands Quadrangle Maps are a great to locate lands managed by DNR, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), State Parks and Recreation Commission, and other public agencies.

The three most recently updated maps illustrate the areas around Chewelah, Mount Baker, and Mount Adams.

Maps can be purchased online or in person from the Washington State Department of Printing between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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