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Tag: forest

Best Winter Hikes near Seattle

One of the most fantastic things about living in Seattle is that you can hike all year long! Sure, we have dark, short days and lots of cloudy days and rain, but you can still get outside and enjoy winter hikes near Seattle! There are lots of reasons to...

Boulder River Trail: Stunning Forest and Waterfalls

The Boulder River Trail is a magical Pacific Northwest forest fairyland along a rushing river that makes for a wonderful hike all year. You can amble along this delightful trail through the Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest for up to almost 5 miles. You also can go a shorter...

Heather Lake on the Mountain Loop Highway

Heather Lake is a beautiful alpine lake in the shadow of Mt Pilchuck just off the Mountain Loop Highway east of Everett in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. At just over 4 miles round trip with 1100 feet of elevation gain, this hike is more challenging that it seems...

5 Best Olympic National Park Waterfalls

There are so many things to love about Olympic National Park and the Olympic Peninsula. There are impossibly green ancient forests, gorgeous lakes, rugged open beaches, high alpine meadows, towering mountains and waterfalls! The Olympic National Park waterfalls are stunning and many are a short hike so on your...

Teneriffe Falls: Gorgeous Waterfall near Seattle

Teneriffe Falls in one of my favorite waterfall hikes near Seattle and one of my favorite waterfalls in Washington! It’s also less crowded than many hikes close to Seattle even though it’s just a couple miles from the Mt Si trailhead. This trail connects to the Mt Si Trail...

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...