Haunted Hikes For Halloween

I love Halloween!! I love ghost stories!! I love fall hiking!! So, of course, I LOVE haunted Halloween hikes! Washington is full of railroad, logging, and mining history which lends itself to stories of disasters, old relics, and ghost towns. Check out some local spooky hikes for Halloween this year and let me know which … Continue reading Haunted Hikes For Halloween

Hovander Homestead and Tennant Lake

Featuring farm animals, farm equipment, multiple gardens, superhero scarecrows, a playground, two towers - one with views of Mt Baker, an interpretive center, a wetland boardwalk, a lake, a slough, a river, and a shaded trail, these parks have just about everything you could ask for. The catch? It’s a long drive from the Seattle … Continue reading Hovander Homestead and Tennant Lake

Westport Dune Trail

The fires burning across the Pacific Northwest are devastating and tragic. Our favorite camping area and so many beautiful wild places are burning right now and smoke is filling the air for many miles, making hiking difficult to impossible. Our friends and neighbors at home have been posting pictures of cars covered in ash. We … Continue reading Westport Dune Trail

Boulder Garden Loop – WTA Hike-A-Thon Kickoff

We are finally back from our whirlwind of signal-less travel, family visits, and trips to Seattle Children's (he's fine now) and for the second year we are participating in WTA's Hike-A-Thon! Washington Trails Association is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to building, maintaining, and advocating for trails in Washington Sate. If you've hiked in Washington, … Continue reading Boulder Garden Loop – WTA Hike-A-Thon Kickoff

Paradise Valley Conservation Area

Paradise Valley Conservation Area has over 13 miles of beautifully forested, intertwining trails to wander. They are mapped and very well signed at each junction, making for an easy exploration as long as you're not too distracted by the flora. As soon as you leave the trailhead you are plunged into forest deep enough to … Continue reading Paradise Valley Conservation Area

North Creek Trail – McCollum Pioneer Park

The hikes we had planned this week got cancelled due to a blizzard in the mountains. Yes, a blizzard in mid May. So I will share a couple of my favorite lowland, rainy day hikes instead. This is not a deep rainforest of old growth or a high country hike to a mountain lake but … Continue reading North Creek Trail – McCollum Pioneer Park

Forest Loop – McCollum Pioneer Park

The hikes we had planned this week got cancelled due to a blizzard in the mountains. Yes, a blizzard in mid May. So I will share my favorite lowland, rainy day hike instead. This is not a deep rainforest of old growth or a high country hike to a mountain lake but it is an … Continue reading Forest Loop – McCollum Pioneer Park

Redmond Watershed Preserve

Full of big trees, moss, ferns, and everything you expect in the Cascade foothills, Redmond Watershed Preserve offers a surprisingly wild walk in a deep, shaded forest. Most surprising is that this beauty is just a couple miles from software central and mere steps from suburbia. The Basics: The preserve is located on the north … Continue reading Redmond Watershed Preserve

Larabee State Park – Fragrance Lake

The Fragrance Lake trail is one of many in a network of trails on Chuckanut Mountain and Larabee State Park. Somewhat steep, you get a good workout but will be too distracted by the beauty of the trail to really notice. If your child is up to the challenge of elevation gain, they can walk the … Continue reading Larabee State Park – Fragrance Lake