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Best Winter Hikes near Seattle

One of the most fantastic things about living in Seattle is that you can hike all year long! Sure, we have dark, short days and lots of cloudy days and rain, but you can still get outside and enjoy winter hikes near Seattle! There are lots of reasons to...

Boulder River Trail: Stunning Forest and Waterfalls

The Boulder River Trail is a magical Pacific Northwest forest fairyland along a rushing river that makes for a wonderful hike all year. You can amble along this delightful trail through the Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest for up to almost 5 miles. You also can go a shorter...

25 Spectacular Waterfalls in Washington State

The incredible waterfalls in Washington State are among the most beautiful you’ll see anywhere! There are waterfalls in every corner of this beautiful state. Some waterfalls are viewable a very short walk from parking, others are longer or more strenuous hikes. As a born and raised Washingtonian, I’ll share...

Heather Lake on the Mountain Loop Highway

Heather Lake is a beautiful alpine lake in the shadow of Mt Pilchuck just off the Mountain Loop Highway east of Everett in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. At just over 4 miles round trip with 1100 feet of elevation gain, this hike is more challenging that it seems...

Lake Clara: Year round mellow hike near Wenatchee

Lake Clara is a lovely little lake a short and mellow year round hike from the Mission Ridge parking lot near Wenatchee. This is a great outing for the whole family to enjoy the forest and a small lake. The trail is almost 3.5 miles round trip with 900...

Margaret’s Way Trail: Best Forest Hike near Seattle

The Margaret’s Way Trail is a gorgeous out and back trail close to Seattle that is my favorite forest hike close to town! This one even comes with a view at the very end of Mt Rainier! At 7 miles round trip and 1500 feet of elevation gain, it’s...

Wilderness Peak Loop Trail – Forest Workout Close to Town

The Wilderness Peak Loop trail is a perfect half day hike if you’re looking for something close to Seattle or Bellevue where you’ll have some challenge with no parking pass required! At just under 4 miles and 1200 feet of elevation gain, this hike is definitely steep in places....

20 Unique Things to do in Fairbanks Alaska

As a former resident of Fairbanks, I love to share all the amazing and unique things to do in Fairbanks! I worked in tourism during the summers I lived there so I was lucky enough to get to show people around and I loved it. Fairbanks is a unique...

10 Amazing Weekend Getaways from Seattle

One wonderful thing about living in the Seattle area or visiting Seattle is that there are so many incredible weekend getaways from Seattle that aren’t too far away. Within just a few hours, you can be in a completely different landscape, climate or even country! I’m defining amazing weekend...

Best Trails in Seattle

Even though we’re surrounded by many amazing day hikes, sometimes you need something closer to home. I’ve previously written about my favorite walks in Seattle and this post is specifically about routes on trails that feel like a trail and not a walk in an urban area. Some of...