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Seven of the Top 20 Found Here

Washington Trails Association's most November/December cover story of their magazine was called, WTA's Top 100 - Favorite Trails, Views, Destinations, and Tips.

It's a bizarre compilation that throws lots of random tips into the mix so the story can hit that golden '100' number. However, despite the strain of bringing dissimilar elements together, the top 20 picks on the list mainly apply to great outdoor destinations and over a third of those top picks are part of our landscape here in Central Washington. Here are the places they featured:

>The Enchantments
#1. Overall Winner
"As expected, The Enchantments topped many of our lists of favorites, including trails for inspiration seekers, trails for fantastic photos and a few other notable entries. There's no denying it - The Enchantments are awesome, worthy of leading the pack at Number 1."

>The Enchantments - Alpine Lakes

#2. Overall Winner
#1. Trails Worthy of Using a Sick Day 

"The fact that you need to win a permit lottery for this stretch of wilderness demonstrates just how special this place is!"

Photo left:Crystal lakes in the Enchantments.

>Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm

(Located on the border between Chelan and Skagit counties and accessed from either Stehekin or Marblemount).

#3. Overall Winner
#2. Trails Worthy of Using a Sick Day

"With views almost the entire way - jagged peaks, alpine lakes, forest meadows and glacial tundra - this trail really has it all."
>Scottish Lakes

#7. Overall Winner
#3. Best Trails for a Romantic Backcountry Getaway

"So close, and yet so far, spend a few days at the High Camp and explore the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and then retreat to your rustic cabin for evening romance."
>59er Diner in Leavenworth
#8. Overall Winner
#1. WTA's Top Picks for Post-Hike Grinds

"The burgers are great, but it's the milkshakes that hook you! They're delicious and they're huge, and they'll keep you coming back!"
>Ancient Lakes
#12. Overall Winner

#2. Trails You Should Never, EVER, Forget Sunscreen

"In Central Washington sagebrush country, this location gets lots of sun with little shade and can get beastly hot as early as springtime."

>Lyman Lake

#18. Overall Winner

#2. So You Want to Make a    Large Blood Donation?

"During bug season, you will be eaten alive here. Skip the lake and head straight for higher country at Cloudy Pass."

Photo right: Ancient Lake. Photo below: Upper Lyman Lake in August.