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This BEST Tiny Town is truly tiny and wonderful. "Downtown" is certainly the Mazama Store. A wide variety of food, drink, deli delights, espresso, ice cream and importantly place to sit and drink or eat. This is important because part of the charm of Mazama are the people. I visit Mazama coming and going from back country recreation or rock climbing near Mazama. There is a great gear shop, guiding, plenty of people who know the area and will offer recommendations for trails, camping, climbs, etc. There are family friendly car camping locations about 10 minutes down the road. There is the highest road in WA state that goes to Harts Pass. This road is doable in the Summer after it's cleared and Mazama is the last stop before heading up to Harts Pass. Plenty of car camping, fossils on the road cut up slate peak and of course the Pacific Crest Trail runs right through Harts Pass -- awesome for an over-nighter. Mazama is a great place to get those last minute trip items, beta, and to just hang out and share stories with like minded travelers. Oh yeah -- importantly Mazama has a gas station. If you just drove over highway 20 you may want to fill up before going up in the mountains.
Vote: Tiny Town
Before I even looked at the top nominations Mt. Erie came to mind. Most people drive to the top. There are plenty of places to lay out a blanket on the rock and enjoy an unobstructed view of the sunset as it falls below the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound. PLEASE be careful - people have died by falling off the rock. You can maintain a very safe distance with a perfect view without going to close to the edge. It is also important to recognize that there are very likely rock climbers on the cliffs that you cannot see from the top. Please do not throw rock off the cliff. I've been hit by rock fall as have several climbing friends. This is sometimes caused by climbers dislodging loose rock or other times by visitors who do not realize that anything that goes over the edge can hurt or kill the people below. If you bring little ones, I strongly recommend a leash. It's easy to run to the edge. I also recommend a camera, a blanket, binoculars would be fun and high expectations. As long as it's a clear day you will not be disappointed. AND this place is open year round often with better weather than surrounding areas due to the rain shadow.
So much to explore and truly something for everyone. Whether you are a climber, hiker, car camper, or even just driving through this is the place to experience alpine majesty. My Grandma enjoyed having her friend drive her across highway 20 in the Fall to view the leaves changes. Highway 20 closes every winter so if you plan to make the drive be sure to check the weather conditions especially late Fall. If you drive all the way to Mazama - consider treating yourself to some deli-delight at the Mazama store. Lots of pull outs along 20 for photos and views. More mountains to climb in a lifetime and so many trails that require some preparation but good for all ages - just need to find the right one. Plenty of books and especially the washington state trails association provide details and trip reports for many of these trails.
Vote: National Park
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