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Iron Horse Trail in North Bend

Despite a lifetime of hiking in Washington, I’ve often not had this trail on my radar, except as a bike ride through the Snoqualmie tunnel further up the trail or access point for other hikes like Twin Falls or Cedar Butte. It’s great for those purposes, but this section...

Twin Falls Hike: Stunning Waterfall close to Seattle

At 3 miles round trip and with about 500 feet of elevation gain, the Twin Falls hike is a good half day hike option close to Seattle with a stunning waterfall you get to see from a distance as well as up close. This is one of the best...

How to Start Snowshoeing for the First Time

Snowshoeing is an excellent way to enjoy getting outside all winter and a fun progression for anyone who enjoys hiking or walking outdoors. It is also a way to enjoy the outdoors in the winter that requires minimal gear and no specialized skills (unlike skiing!). Snowshoeing is taking one...

Cougar Mountain Licorice Fern Trail: Quiet Forest

The Cougar Mountain Licorice Fern trail is a mellow forest walk without many people in Cougar Mountain Regional Park. At about 4 miles round trip and with 200 feet of elevation gain, it’s a good year round, close to town option! This hike does go up and down quite...

What to Pack for Alaska

Alaska is an enormous and diverse state with a wide range of weather, landscapes and activities! There are some specific things to think about no matter where you’re going to visit, or even what time of year! I lived in Alaska for seven years in Fairbanks (dry, extreme cold...

What to Pack for a Hike in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

This post is all about what to pack for a hike in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. As I talked about in my post about hiking for absolute beginners, you don’t need a lot of gear to get started with hiking. You may not bring the exact same things...

How to Prevent Blisters Hiking

Maybe you’re luckier than me, but I have a really hard time with blisters! Different people have blisters in different places and have more or less trouble with them but one thing is for sure, having blisters makes hiking absolutely miserable! All blisters are caused by some type of...

How to Deal with Mosquitoes Hiking and Camping

It’s peak summer and peak hiking and camping season, which goes hand in hand with lots of mosquitoes, especially around lakes which make great camping locations. In our family we take mosquito protection seriously! We lived in Alaska for seven years and Jay spent several of those years doing...

Outdoor Activities in Seattle

This article will talk about Outdoor Activities IN Seattle. Not near Seattle, not day trips from Seattle, actual outdoor activities right in the middle of the city! Seattle is uniquely positioned to provide lots of outdoor activities without leaving the city, with our inland waterways, beaches and forests open...

Where can I Rent Kayaks in Seattle?

Now that it’s truly summertime in Seattle, who doesn’t want to get out on the water? But how to do it? Most people don’t own boats, and taking boat trips can be expensive. Sometimes you just want to play around in the water! Luckily, there are some places you...