SEATTLE - WOMEN'S JUNIPER MID
This scrappy Montana brand is small with a huge and devoted following. This boot, designed specifically for women, sports tough, abrasion–resistant material plus a waterproof membrane and a supersoft leather liner, making this a comfy ride for your feet, as well as a rugged one. It comes in two colors, but we happened to love the blue glacier. $145. Available at area REI, including Bellevue, 410 116th Ave NE; 425.455.1938; rei.com and obozfootwear.com.
Granite Mountain, North Bend. Not for the fainthearted, Granite is a tough climb (a 3,800-foot elevation gain!) that makes you earn your views, but what a payoff. Autumn is best for this one, when colors are popping and you can still find some late-season huckleberries. The lookout tower on top is a treat, especially if a ranger is there (and often there is) to open it up for a look around.