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Tag: hikes

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...

Angel Rocks Trail: Big views and Hot Springs near Fairbanks

The Angel Rocks Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Fairbanks area and with good reason! A moderate hike with fantastic views on a loop hike, or a one way adventure with epic views continuing up to and along a ridge and ending at Chena Hot...

Best Larch Hikes in Washington State

For a few short weeks a year, as the summer comes to an end and fall comes rapidly, a glorious lime green then bright gold then orange tree covers the high eastern slopes of the Cascade mountains. This is the time of year for larch hikes in Washington State!...

Grasshopper Pass: Remote Incredible View Hike

Take a life affirming hike to Grasshopper Pass, or anywhere along this gorgeous and fairly mellow section of the Pacific Crest Trail in the North Cascades! Absolutely perfect for fall with gorgeous golden larches and bright red berry bushes set against the backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery. There really...

25 Spectacular Waterfalls in Washington State

The incredible waterfalls in Washington State are among the most beautiful you’ll see anywhere! There are waterfalls in every corner of this beautiful state. Some waterfalls are viewable a very short walk from parking, others are longer or more strenuous hikes. As a born and raised Washingtonian, I’ll share...

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...

What to Wear for a Hike in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

This post is all about what to wear for a hike 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. You may not bring the exact same things...

Lake Clara: Year round mellow hike near Wenatchee

Lake Clara is a lovely little lake a short and mellow year round hike from the Mission Ridge parking lot near Wenatchee. This is a great outing for the whole family to enjoy the forest and a small lake. The trail is almost 3.5 miles round trip with 900...

Hike to Mirror Lake and Cottonwood Lake near Snoqualmie Pass

If you’re looking for a mellow hike to an alpine lake, or a short and not too steep backpacking trip near Seattle, the hike to Mirror Lake is a great option as long as you don’t mind driving on a very rough road. Mirror Lake lies along the Pacific...

Lodge Lake: Uncrowded Alpine Lake Hike at Snoqualmie Pass

Looking for an alternative to some of the really busy alpine lake trails near Snoqualmie Pass (like Snow Lake or Annette Lake)? Lodge Lake is a mellow hike to a much less visited lake along the Pacific Crest Trail. Lodge Lake is 5 mile round trip hike with 900...