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Tag: forest

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....

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...

Weekend in Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula

A weekend in Port Angeles is a change of pace and scenery from Seattle and approachable at an hour and a half drive plus a ferry ride. Port Angeles is the biggest gateway community for Olympic National Park and a hub of economic activity on the Olympic Peninsula. This...

Best Rainy Day Hikes in Olympic National Park

Don’t let the rain keep you away from Olympic National Park! This is a place world famous for it’s rain, it’s lush green forests, rushing waterfalls and remote beaches! Olympic National Park also has hikes with sweeping mountain views, but those are not as good for rainy days. In...

Rattlesnake Mountain Hike near Seattle

I have no idea why this is called Rattlesnake Mountain. We don’t have rattlesnakes in this part of the state and there’s nothing whatsoever that makes me think of a Rattlesnake here. But, that’s the name of this well known area in North Bend! Described below is a trail...

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...

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...

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...