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14 Fun Things to do on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island is a quick ferry ride from the middle of downtown Seattle, but it feels a world away with it’s charming shops, beautiful gardens, forests and beaches and history and culture. Add to that some delicious food, local wine and craft beer and spirits and you really can...

The Best Spring Hikes near Seattle

Spring is a long season in the Seattle area, starting sometime in late February or early March in the lowlands near the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) until the end of June in the nearby Cascade and Olympic Mountains. As the days get longer and warmer, it’s a great time...

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!...

5 Beautiful Hikes on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island is just a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle across Puget Sound and yet feels a world away from the hustle of the city. There are plenty of wonderful hikes on Bainbridge Island to include in a day trip from Seattle or weekend getaway. In addition...

Comet Falls: Dramatic Waterfall Hike in Mt Rainier National Park

Comet Falls is one of the most dramatic and beautiful waterfalls in Mt Rainier National Park. It’s also on a trail with multiple waterfalls to see along the way, not just one! You can extend the hike further to a wildflower meadow. A steep hike with up to 1500...

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 near North Bend even though it’s just a couple miles from the Mt Si trailhead. This trail connects to the Mt Si Trail...
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