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Tag: spring

Cherry Creek Falls Hike

The Cherry Creek Falls hike is a beautiful half day hike. At 5 miles and 500 feet of elevation gain, it’s a good workout but not extremely steep. There is a lot of mud on this trail and some potentially challenging creek crossings near the waterfall, so I would...

Twin Falls Hike: Stunning Waterfall close to Seattle

At 3 miles round trip and with about 500 feet of elevation gain, the Twin Falls hike is a good half day hike option close to Seattle with a stunning waterfall you get to see from a distance as well as up close. In addition you have a beautiful...

How to Start Snowshoeing for Absolute Beginners

Snowshoeing is an excellent way to enjoy getting outside all winter and a fun progression for anyone who enjoys hiking or walking outdoors. It is also a way to enjoy the outdoors in the winter that requires minimal gear and no specialized skills (unlike skiing!). Snowshoeing is taking one...

Long Beach Washington Weekend: Year round fun!

A Long Beach, Washington weekend is the perfect getaway from Seattle, Tacoma or Portland any time of year. It’s a low key, outdoor oriented place with tasty food and drink, cozy lodging and miles of walking and biking opportunities, not to mention the beach! It’s probably obvious that the...

Deception Pass Weekend Adventure

Deception Pass State Park is the most popular state park in Washington and it’s easy to see why. Close to our major populations center (about two hours from Seattle) and with ocean beaches, lakes and forest, spectacular sunsets, an iconic historic bridge and endless recreation opportunities, it’s easy to...

Cedar Butte Hike: Mellow and less crowded

Looking for a close to town hike with a decent view through the forest that has less crowds than some of the other close to town hikes? If so, the Cedar Butte hike might be the trail for you! At approximately 4 miles round trip and 900 feet of...

Lower Eastside Trail Loop Hike in Mt Rainier

When the roads on the East side of Mt Rainier National Park open (usually in late May) until they close in the first heavy snows of fall (sometime in November), this Lower eastside trail loop hike in Mt Rainier is the perfect way to get away from crowds, and...

April in Olympic National Park

Last week, I wrote about where to go in April in Mt Rainier National Park and this week, during National Park Week, I’m here to share where to go in April in Olympic National Park. This post is specifically about the month of April, but you’ll find similar conditions...

April in Mt Rainier National Park

National Park Week starts on Saturday, April 20th with free admission to parks that day! National Park Week is an awesome event to highlight and celebrate our public lands, although it comes at an awkward time to visit Mt Rainier National Park. That said, you can still have an...

Spring Snowshoeing Mt Rainier

Why Spring Snowshoeing at Mt Rainier? If you’re done with snow and ready to pack the snowshoes into the back of the closet, I totally get it! But let me try to convince you not to put them away just yet…the glorious spring snowshoeing season is here and once...