Featured Hike: Nice views wait atop Badger Peak

Some hikes are about the journey, the sights along the trail, and not necessarily the destination. Other hikes are all about the destination.

The 5.26-mile hike from Elk Pass to Badger Peak in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is clearly about the destination.

Badger Peak, at nearly 5,700 feet elevation, is the westernmost of the big rocks and peaks in the Dark Divide roadless area.

There’s a 360-degree view from the summit, with Mounts Rainier, Adams, St. Helens and Hood visible, plus many of the lesser peaks like Kirk Rock, Shark Rock, Jumbo Peak and Sunrise Peak. There are often butterflies in abundance at the top of Badger Park.

Read more at: http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/aug/04/nice-views-available-atop-badger-peak/

Spotlight: Badger Peak map