Sarah is right about the snow on a lot of trails, especially in the interior. That said, I know personally of one close in destination that is snow free and offers several variations, according to your taste(s). Take I-90 east to Exit 47, cross over the freeway to the north side and go left 1/4 mile at the T-intersection to the Granite Mtn/Pratt Lake TH parking lot. You will need a recreation pass to park, which can be obtained at REI in downtown Seattle(true of most TH's, BTW). You have 2 options here: 1) A day hike of Granite Mtn, which is 9 miles, RT, with ~3800' of gain and marvelous views from the summit in every direction(it is an active fire lookout site). A good warmup for other Cascade doin's. 2) Using the same TH, go one mile to the turn off for Granite Mtn and stay on the trail to Pratt Lake. You will gain ~2200' in ~4.5 miles, then descend ~1000' over the next 2 or so miles to Pratt lake. Several small, and one large, campsites there. A good place to set up a base camp and day hike on to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake(~ 1 mile). It is a beautiful little gem. There is a side trail that heads northerly to Kaleetan Lake, which I have not yet visited, or you could bushwhack up to Upper Tuscohatchie Lake. It looks to be ~3 miles with ~2000' of elevation gain over a ridge and almost as much loss on the other side. A bit of a hump but, then, nothing worthwhile comes easy in the Cascades. The whole area is snow free and very picturesque. One caveat: The Granite Mtn trail and the trail as far as Pratt Lake can get busy on weekends. During the week, you will have it practically to yourself, especially beyond Pratt Lake. Other close in options for day hikes on the West side of the Cascade Crest include Mt Si near North Bend(8 miles RT with ~3300' of gain) or, if you're feeling your oats, Mailbox Peak(4000' of gain, 5 miles RT-be warned, this is a b*ll buster, but a great workout, and yes, there is really a mailbox on top with a copy of Dr Seuss inside). The only other snowfree hikes I know of for sure are on the East side, about2.5-3hrs drive to the Leavenworth area. One very good day hike goes to Stuart Lake(9 miles RT, ~1200' of gain, with a spectacular view of Mt Stuart rising above the lake). This can be combined with a side trip to
Colchuck Lake by taking the left fork in the trail ~ 2 miles from TH, for a 12 mile dayhike with ~3000' of gain. Colchuck Lake has an equally spectacular view of Dragontail and Colchuck Mtn. Getting a permit to camp at either lake is very difficult, but they do have a lottery at the Leavenworth Ranger Station every morning for one permit at each lake(according to a friend, so verify this if interested). It's a long way to go for a day hike, but the rewards are commensurate. If you go there, be sure to stop at Gustav's in Leavenworth for a micro brew, burger, and great fries. Food options in Seattle? Depends on your taste. Hing Loon in the International District serves great Cantonese food, Chinooks out at Fisherman's Terminal serves excellent seafood, The 74th Street Ale House on 74th St and Greenwood Ave in North Seattle serves outstanding pub grub along with a wide assortment of the PNW's finest micro brews, as does the Latona Pub on 65th Street and Latona in North Seattle. There are also several Zeke's Pizza houses scattered around the North Side. I could go on, but hopefully this will get you started. Also, if you are here before I leave for the Sierra in early August, I can meet you and go over some maps in detail. Either PM me or post here, as I will be watching this thread for a while. I hope you all get good weather and have a great time. Welcome to the PNW. Oops, you re-posted in the interim. I'll be back then, so the offer still stands. Lots of other trails should open up by then, including the PCT from Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass where you could do out and backs with side trips off the main trail to suit your taste. It's takes you through some very nice country. It's been a heavy snow year, though, so check with a ranger station on conditions before committing. Also, a lot of routes up in the Pasayten Wilderness should be open by then. Two of my favorites are Buckskin Ridge and the PCT/Middle Fork of the Pasayten River loop. Bring lots of DEET if you go here!