My personal top ten hikes for 2018:
1 Mount Pugh - not only a great view, but the highest elevation gain of my year with over a mile of elevation gained. Also, this was my final hike to complete on the Mountain Loop Highway.
2 Tin Can Gap - this one required the most effort as it included an 18 mile round trip bike ride to get to the trail head. Making for a 30 mile day overall. Also, saw my only bear of the season here.
3 Park Butte - the view of Mt Baker is unmatched. I managed to get to this one right as the snow melted but before the smoke settled in
4 Peek-a-boo Lake - this is a hidden gem. Great views of the Sauk River valley and a beautiful lake. The road was out at the time, making it a lonely destination, but the road has since been fixed
5 Green Mountain - great views the entire hike. Only negative for this one was the bugs at the top.
6 Diablo Lake - my first trip up the North Cascades Highway. A very pretty lake and great views of the surrounding mountains. (Missing the sign post for this one)
7 Anderson and Watson Lakes - Three easily accessible lakes. I hiked this in the smoke, otherwise it might have been higher
8 Slide Lake - a short hike with a long dirt road (about twenty miles). Definitely needed to wash the car after than one. The blueberries were delicious
9 Bedal Basin - this one makes the list simply because of how rugged it is. This trail is close to being abandoned and washed out in more than one place
10 Thunder Creek with views of its the creek as well as the glacial blue Diablo Lake this trail was a great place to stretch my legs.