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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...

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. This is Spray Park! The hike to Spray Park in Mt Rainier National Park has it all. It is a challenging 6-8 mile hike with up to 2000 feet of elevation gain. There’s variation because of the options for turning around (see...

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...

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...

Tolmie Peak Lookout Hike: Big Views of Mt Rainier

Imagine the best views around of Mt Rainier, two alpine lakes and incredible wildflowers and you’ve got the Tolmie Peak Lookout hike. At close to 8 miles round trip and 1100 feet of elevation gain, it’s a moderate day hike. A long gravel road and being located on the...

Deception Pass Day Trip or 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 a wonderful...

Outdoor Activities in Seattle

This article will talk about Outdoor Activities IN Seattle. Not near Seattle, not day trips from Seattle, actual outdoor activities right in the middle of the city! Seattle is uniquely positioned to provide lots of outdoor activities without leaving the city, with our inland waterways, beaches and forests open...

Mt Fremont Hike: Big Views of Mt Rainier

Looking for a big view of Mt Rainier with views from the whole trail? The Mt Fremont hike is a fantastic choice when the road to Sunrise is open (late June through September)! This hike has views from every step and at 6 miles round trip and 800 feet...
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