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Tag: wildflowers

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...

Mother Mountain Loop Backpacking in Mt Rainier

Looking for a less-hassle or shorter alternative to the Wonderland Trail? Want to experience all Mt Rainier has to offer – epic mountain views, spectacular wildflowers, lakes, forest and the occasional marmot or black bear? Want to do a backpacking trip in a few days instead of weeks? Not...

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...

Naches Peak Loop Hike: Wildflowers and fall colors

The Naches Peak Loop hike is one of my favorite hikes in Mt Rainier National Park and even in all of Washington State! I’ve written about it before, including in my post about Mt Rainier wildflower hikes and my post for a day trip to Mt Rainier. This hike...

Annette Lake Hike: moderate day hike that has it all

Don’t freak out that there’s snow in this picture! This is an awesome summer hike too, this is just my favorite picture of Annette Lake! This particular day was early November with the first snow falling and it was still an amazing day. In the summer, the Annette Lake...

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 Sunrise is open (late June through September)! This hike has views from every step and at 6 miles round trip and 800 feet of elevation gain,...

Lopez Island Bike Camping: Last minute camping!

It’s summer! Summer is awesome around here! One thing that is not so awesome about summer is crowded places and full campgrounds and limited options if you didn’t plan months ahead of time, and sometimes you just want to be spontaneous! Enter Lopez Island bike camping, the perfect solution...

Visit Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska

Glacier Bay is one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been. It’s a place of incredible beauty in a remote wilderness. This is also a place that’s been deeply impacted by climate change and by pushing people off their land. Despite these human created hardships, this is also...

Bandera Mountain Hike: Big view hike near Seattle

Friends, this hike 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...

3 Places to Avoid Crowds in Mt Rainier

Mt Rainier National Park is a wildly popular national park with locals and visitors alike. The opportunity to get up close and personal with an active volcano is a unique opportunity not to be missed. In addition to the mountain itself, Mt Rainier has fairy tale wildflower meadows, dazzling...