Instead of Google satellite images, check out what Bing has to offer. The advantage is that, at least in much of Western WA, the images appear to be from low flying airplanes resulting in more detailed images from four different angles. For my bush-whacking lake trips it makes for better approach planning.
Hmmm, that's odd. Even though you edited the link to include the "a" it still directs to the original incorrect link (without the "a"). Oh well, one can just copy/paste the link into the browser and add the "a" in order to fix this.