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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...

Taylor Mountain Hike: Peaceful forest close to town

This little known trail, the Taylor Mountain hike, provides a mellow, quiet walk in the forest with about 500 feet of elevation gain over 5 miles, an excellent half day or after work in the summer option! Is the Taylor Mountain Hike right for me? If you’re looking for...

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. In addition you have a beautiful...

How to Start Snowshoeing for Absolute Beginners

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 Bring Day Hiking in the Pacific Northwest

This post is all about what to bring day hiking, particularly 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. I am not suggesting that you should bring...

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...