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Tag: autumn

Best Larch Hikes in Washington State

For a few short weeks a year, as the summer comes to an end and fall comes rapidly, a glorious lime green then bright gold then orange tree covers the high eastern slopes of the Cascade mountains. This is the time of year for larch hikes in Washington State!...

Grasshopper Pass: Remote Incredible View Hike

Take a life affirming hike to Grasshopper Pass, or anywhere along this gorgeous and fairly mellow section of the Pacific Crest Trail in the North Cascades! Absolutely perfect for fall with gorgeous golden larches and bright red berry bushes set against the backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery. There really...

Cherry Creek Falls Hike

The Cherry Creek Falls hike is a beautiful half day hike. At 5 miles and 500 feet of elevation gain, it’s a good workout but not extremely steep. There is a lot of mud on this trail and some potentially challenging creek crossings near the waterfall, so I would...

Cutthroat Lake Hike in North Cascades: Easy Larches!

Looking for a relatively easy hike to see the gorgeous orange larch trees of North Central Washington? Similar to Blue Lake, Cutthroat lake is a mellow 4 miles round trip with just 400 feet of elevation gain, this one is easier and in the same area along the North...

Cedar Butte Hike: Mellow and less crowded

Looking for a close to town hike with a decent view through the forest that has less crowds than some of the other close to town hikes? If so, the Cedar Butte hike might be the trail for you! At approximately 4 miles round trip and 900 feet of...

Fall Backpacking at Lake Stuart

This post was originally written in 2016, updated August 2020 Fall Backpacking is my favorite…beautiful colors, amazing dark skies, less crowds and no bugs! As long you have the gear to stay warm and pay attention to the weather forecast it’s the best backpacking there is. Lake Stuart is...

Trip Report: Kendall Katwalk

I chose to embrace fall this weekend and our friend Adam and I hiked to Kendall Katwalk. It was a beautiful and cool day in the mountains. Some hikes are about what you expect them to be, some feel harder than they should be and some feel easier than...