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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...

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...

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: 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...

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...

How to Visit Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska for Independent Travelers

Glacier Bay is 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 a place of hope. It’s a place of repentance, reconciliation...

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...