November 23, 2020 / Anne Erickson / King5 News

5 best winter hikes in Washington, from a PNW hiking expert

 He's hiked over 18,000 miles in Washington...and written 10 hiking guides. Clearly, hiking expert Craig Romano knows how to have fun on the job! We hit the trail with Craig, and he revealed his top 5 Western Washington Hikes -- for winter.

"The weather's great here, very very mild and temperate winters in Washington, which gives us no excuses to stay indoors."

1. Oyster Dome --“The Pearl of the Chuckanut”.

"The Oyster Dome is actually one of the finest hikes in Western Washington not only for winter but year-round. It's right between Mount Vernon and Bellingham, and it's the only place where the cascades actually meet the Salish Sea.”

Craig gives hikes stars for scenery… “Usually in my books, I rank my hikes 1-5. It's purely subjective.”

And numbers for difficulty: “I rank all my hikes also 1-5 on how strenuous, 1 being easy, 5 being most difficult.”

Oyster Dome gets a 4 for difficulty, balanced out by a 4 for scenery as well.

Scott Raetz Oyster Dome Views Bellingham Wa

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