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Tag: backpacking

Lena Lake Day Hike or Overnight on the Olympic Peninsula

Lower Lena Lake is a delightful large and very popular alpine lake on the Olympic Peninsula. This crowd pleasing hike makes for a wonderful day trip or backpacking trip. With plenty of opportunities to explore trails beyond, Lena Lake is perfect for beginners and experienced hikers and backpackers alike!...

Hike to Mirror Lake and Cottonwood Lake near Snoqualmie Pass

If you’re looking for a mellow hike to an alpine lake, or a short and not too steep backpacking trip near Seattle, the hike to Mirror Lake is a great option as long as you don’t mind driving on a very rough road. Mirror Lake lies along the Pacific...

Mother Mountain Loop Backpacking in Mt Rainier

Looking for a less-hassle or shorter alternative to the Wonderland Trail? Want to experience all Mt Rainier has to offer – epic mountain views, spectacular wildflowers, lakes, forest and the occasional marmot or black bear? Want to do a backpacking trip in a few days instead of weeks? Not...

Olympic Coast Backpacking at Second Beach: Excellent for Beginners

Even though it’s a long drive from Seattle, Olympic Coast backpacking at Second Beach in Olympic National Park is an excellent first backpacking trip for beginners as well as a fun and relaxing trip for those with more experience. The best way to experience one of the best beaches...

How to Dehydrate Vegetables for Backpacking

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to eat enough vegetables at home, let alone backpacking! I’ve been challenging myself to find more interesting ways to eat vegetables, how to not waste any of the vegetables I buy and experimenting with more ways to dehydrate vegetables!...

How to Dehydrate Vegetarian Chili for Backpacking

I’ve spent a lot of the last year experimenting with dehydrating my own meals for backpacking, with lots of picnic experiments this past winter! I don’t mind some of the commercially available backpacking food, but I don’t love how expensive they are or how much sodium (and other stuff)...

Fall Backpacking Lake Ingalls and Headlight Basin

Fall backpacking Lake Ingalls in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is an annual tradition for me. Late September or early October when the larches are turning golden is the perfect time. You can’t actually camp at Lake Ingalls, but you can at Headlight Basin. You pass through Headlight Basin on the...

5 Tips for Last Minute Backpacking near Seattle

Last minute backpacking can be done! If you’re the sort of person who has your camping planned and reserved months ahead of time, or picks out long, difficult backpacking trips requiring permits, car shuttles and multiple shopping trips, this post is probably not for you. If you sometimes find...

How to Visit Mowich Lake at Mt Rainer (Winter and Summer)

Mowich Lake in Mt Rainier National Park is a wonderful remote part of the park with far less people than the more popular areas of the park. The long unpaved, potholed road and lack of services or a cell phone signal deters some visitors, but not you! Read on...

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...
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