As COVID-19 continues to impact travel and availability of public lands, please make sure to CHECK and FOLLOW all federal, state, provincial and local closures and public health requirements.

Tag: Snoqualmie Pass

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...

Iron Horse Trail in North Bend

Despite a lifetime of hiking in Washington, I’ve often not had this trail on my radar, except as a bike ride through the Snoqualmie tunnel further up the trail or access point for other hikes like Twin Falls or Cedar Butte. It’s great for those purposes, but this section...

Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride or Hike

The Snoqualmie Tunnel is an interesting and weird phenomenon to visit! I want to make sure it’s clear that riding a bike is NOT necessary to check it out. However, even though I’m not that big of a cyclist, I find biking to be the most enjoyable way to...

McClellan Butte Hike: Super hard and rewarding

By now you likely know that I don’t normally write about hard hikes, since I like to keep things low key. I do enjoy a super hard hike now and then, (check out my Mt St Helens summit climb guide here) I like to include them in case you’d...

Talapus Lake Hike near Snoqualmie Pass

The very popular Talapus lake hike is a 4 mile round trip with a bit under 1000 feet of elevation gain mellow hike to a lake within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, which is awesome for summer! You have the option of adding another mile and a bit more uphill...

Asahel Curtis Nature Trail: I-90 Leg Stretch

The Asahel Curtis Nature Trail is a surprisingly gorgeous and nature packed trail given it’s short length (one mile), less than 200 feet of elevation gain, and it’s location right next to I-90! This is about an hour away from Seattle (same trailhead as Annette Lake), so probably not...

Annette Lake: moderate day hike that has it all

In the summer, the Annette Lake hike is a great place to enjoy a picnic, take a swim if you can brave the chilly water and to camp if you want to stay longer. This trail is extremely busy on summer weekends. If you want to find a less...

Bandera Mountain Hike: Big view hike near Seattle

Friends, Bandera Mountain is AWESOME. It is also CROWDED. By now, you’ll know I’m a big fan of avoiding crowds and don’t normally recommend crowded hikes. However, there are times when it just might be worth it to join the crowd! You can reduce the crowds by going later...

Lake Easton Sno Park Snowshoeing and Skiing

Lake Easton Sno Park is my favorite all around place for cross country skiing on the I90 corridor close to Seattle. Some of the other sno parks are closer to Seattle, or have more challenges (I love Cabin Creek for practicing hills and turns) or better views (Amabilis mountain...