Washington wilderness is the stuff of postcards. Mount Rainier and its majestic glaciers stand guard to the south of Seattle, but its visage is on every license plate. The North Cascades give the Alps a run for their money, and wild Pacific waves crash on the Olympic Coast. Out in the Palouse, one waterfall is so picturesque that road trippers make long detours just to sit and stare.
All that grandeur has a way of leading Seattleites to overlook some other corners of the state. Tucked behind North Bend, the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River contains a national park’s worth of wonders, all in
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