Looking forward to the big game? Blow off some steam before Sunday’s Super bowl game by taking your 12th man pride outside! DNR-managed lands are the perfect place to represent the Seattle Seahawks!
To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of 12 recreation opportunities on DNR-managed lands sure to be a winning adventure!
A view of Mount Baker from the upper reaches of Blanchard Forest. Photo: DNR.
Lizard Lake, Blanchard Forest Block near Bellingham
Hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers who ascend in Blanchard Forest to Lizard Lake will find views of a lake in a pristine forest setting and views of the San Juan Islands across Samish Bay.
Lizard Lake has three camp sites near the lake to provide for a peaceful and secluded camping stay.
Three Corner Rock Trailhead, Yacolt Burn State Forest near Vancouver
Three Corner Rock Trailhead, in Yacolt Burn State Forest, takes hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers up a 9-mile trail and 2,650 foot elevation gain to a lovely view.
At this vista, visitors gain a bird’s eye view into Stebbins Creek Valley, Washougal River, as well as remarkable views of Mount Hood, Adams, Rainier, and St. Helens. This trail accesses the Pacific Crest Trail.
Walker Valley provides a variety of riding experiences and trail mileage for all ORV user types.
Walker Valley Trailhead, near Mount Vernon
Walker Valley Trailhead, located in Skagit County east of Mount Vernon, is a popular ORV destination with 36 miles of trails.
The Walker Valley Trail system has single track trails for motorcycles and mountain bikes, double track trails for ATVs and even six miles of 4×4 trails. Walker Valley Trailhead also has camping available.
Dougan Falls Picnic Area, Yacolt Burn State Forest near Vancouver
The large boulders, forested edges, and cascading water of Dougan Falls are a treat for picnickers and campers who visit Yacolt Burn State Forest.
The picturesque 100-foot falls are the last waterfalls along the Washougal River and empty into a pool.
Yahoo Lake Campground, Olympic Peninsula
At 2,400 feet, Yahoo Lake campground is an incredibly remote campground on the Olympic Peninsula.
It offers visitors four camping units and lovely views of Yahoo Lake. Camping units are a short hike from the trailhead. The lake is great for fishing too!
State trust lands in the Hoh Valley are part of the Olympic Experimental State Forest managed by DNR on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula in Clallam and Jefferson counties.
Hoh Oxbow, Olympic Peninsula
Located on the Hoh River near the edge of the Olympic National Park, Hoh Oxbow campground offers visitors the perfect place to take in the Olympic Peninsula environment.
The wooded campground offers pristine camping among a dese, mossy forest of hemlock and fir. The campground has several sites with river-front views.
Enjoy the end of summer with a romp and roar in the sand at Beverly Sand Dunes ORV park. Photo by: Clay Graham/ Eastern Washington Adventures
Beverly Dunes, near Beverly
Beverly Dunes offers ORV riders of all ages a healthy dose of excitement with dunes near the town of Beverly on Lower Crab Creek.
Mima Mounds Natural Area, Capitol State Forest near Olympia
Mima Mounds Natural Area consists of 624 acres of prairie and lies just east of Capitol State Forest near the town of Littlerock.
The National Park Service designated the area as a Natural Landmark in 1968.
Poo Poo Point offers incredible views and a spectacular picnic show watching paragliders soar off the mountain. Photo by: DNR
This wide trail, lined with old forests and wildflowers, opens up into a grassy mountainside where hang gliders and paragliders can launch throughout the summer.
Visitors can enjoy views of Issaquah Valley, Lake Sammamish, Bellevue, and on clear days, Mount Baker from the picnic area.
Grey Rock Trailhead
In the Ahtanum State Forest in DNR’s Southeast Region, the Grey Rock Trail is a multiple-use trail that meanders through a variety of forest types, including ponderosa pine forests, dense Douglas-fir-dominated stands and subalpine fir and spruce forests.
The southernmost point of the trail begins at Tree Phones Campground. The northern end is the 613 jeep trail, which runs along Divide Ridge on the northwest boundary of the area.
Ashland Lakes Trailhead
Ashland Lakes Trail is a beautiful 3.7-mile trail map in the Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area that passes through old-growth trees, bogs and pristine alpine lakes, including Beaver Plant Lake, Upper Ashland Lake, and Lower Ashland Lake.
The Buck Creek Trail System is nestled in the forests above the Columbia River Gorge near White Salmon, WA. This non-motorized trail systems winds through working forests. One advantage of working forests is the undergrowth foliage is beautiful in the fall. It lights up the hillside in this photo. Photo: Donn Rasmusson, DNR.
Buck Creek Loop Trailhead
The Buck Creek Trail System is nestled in the forests above the Columbia River Gorge near White Salmon, WA. This non-motorized trail system winds through a working forest.
The trail system is a popular outdoor destination for equestrians, mountain bike riders, and hikers. The loop non-motorized trail system provides visitors views of Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge.
Your 12th man pride won’t stop after Sunday’s big game, and trips to DNR-managed land shouldn’t either! Remember to purchase a Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington’s Great Outdoors, and subscribe to DNR recreation e-newsletter.