The Mountaineers, which will host free hiking seminars on Nov. 15 and Dec. 13, 2012, suggest three hikes not too far from Seattle: Wallace Falls State Park, Twin Falls and Taylor Mountain.

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National parks are waiving entrance fees Saturday through Monday, but there are good hiking trails even closer to home.

The Seattle-based Mountaineers, (, which will host free hiking seminars on Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 at the Mountaineers Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, offers some options:

Wallace Falls State Park: About 45 minutes from Seattle, it features nine waterfalls in less than three miles and a 1,200-foot altitude gain. Go past Monroe onto U.S. Highway 2 and continue to Gold Bar. Turn left onto First Street and go four-tenths of a mile to a four-way stop. Turn right onto May Creek Road and go 1.5 more miles to the trailhead.

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Twin Falls: This one has a 500-foot gain over 1.5 miles and several switchbacks. It parallels the Snoqualmie River. Head east on I-90 to Exit 34. Go south on 468th Ave. S.E. for about a half-mile and immediately before the South Fork Snoqualmie River bridge take a left (east) on S.E. 159th and drive a half-mile more to the parking lot and trailhead.

Taylor Mountain: An easy hike south of Issaquah. From I-90, go east to Exit 17 (Front Street) and continue until Front Street turns into Issaquah-Hobart Road. Continue south on Hobart all the way to the SR-18 junction. Pass beneath SR-18, go another quarter mile, pass Holder Creek at S.E. 188th Street to park near the creek.

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