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Tag: hikes

Mt Townsend Hike: Epic Mountain Views

One of the best hikes on the Olympic Peninsula and certainly one of the best views, the Mt Townsend hike is challenging at 8 miles and just over 3000 feet of elevation gain. The trail climbs steadily but it’s so worth the more than 25 switchbacks as you climb...

Crystal Mountain Gondola: Epic Mt Rainier Views

Looking for something different to do at Mt Rainier? Want epic mountain views while eating your lunch outside? Looking to be swept to a mountaintop without hiking? What to hike to a destination others rode a gondola too? If any of these sound like you then you’ll love a...

Spray Park Hike in Mt Rainier National Park

Wildflowers? Mountain views? A dazzling waterfall? YES. The hike to Spray Park in Mt Rainier National Park has it all. It is a challenging 8 mile hike with 1700 feet of elevation gain. Add that to the long drive on a gravel road to get to the trailhead and...

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! 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 and the Talus Loop. At 6 miles round...

Portage Glacier Day Trip from Anchorage

Portage Glacier is one of the most approachable glaciers in Alaska with multiple ways to see it including hiking Portage Pass and a boat tour across Portage Lake. It’s also a short drive from Anchorage, the base camp for many visitors to Alaska. Portage Glacier is a fantastic destination...

Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall Hike in Olympic National Park

Rialto Beach is one of the spectacular beaches in Olympic National Park and one of the best for tidepooling! On this hike the beach is the trail, the whole 4 miles! This is a flat hike two miles to Hole-in-the-Wall and two miles back. Most trails in Olympic National...

Planning Guide and Things to do in Denali National Park

Denali National Park in Alaska is a place many people dream of visiting and it is an incredible place! It’s a different experience from many other National Parks, but after reading this article you’ll know everything you need to plan your own trip to Denali as well as all...

Summer Day Trip to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge is one of the most beautiful places in Olympic National Park and an incredible place for a mellow hike with incredible views! This is a very doable day trip from Seattle, although if you have more time check out my three day Olympic National Park road trip...

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...