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

East Fork Foss River

The trail along the East Fork Foss River is a beautiful and exceedingly green walk in the woods. Primarily used as a backpacking route to high alpine lakes, you can escape the crowds, and the summer's heat in the green glow of the lush forest. Relatively easy going, and wonderfully shady, the trail below Necklace Valley, … Continue reading East Fork Foss River

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

Iron Goat Trail

Take a walk back in time along the original Great Northern Railroad grade. Complete with flowers, bridges, waterfalls, tunnels, snowsheds, interpretive signs, and mysterious random artifacts, there is plenty to entertain kids and adults alike. Whether you are looking for an easy walk for all abilities or moderately challenging hike, the Iron Goat Trail delivers.   … Continue reading Iron Goat Trail

Deception Falls National Recreation Area

Beautiful enough the be a destination on its own but short enough to be a quick add-on to other area hikes or a drive on the Cascade Mountain Loop. Most who stop here only take in the view of the falls, never realizing that the best part of Deception Falls NRA can be found on … Continue reading Deception Falls National Recreation 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

Thunder Creek – North Cascades NP

This Mother's Day I decided on a change of pace from the enchanted dripping-mossy rain forests, but the upper elevations were still snow bound, so I decided to try a gentle walk in North Cascades National Park. The Thunder Creek trail provides a lovely mountain forest with trilliums and fungus of a different color, orchids, and moss of a different … Continue reading Thunder Creek – North Cascades NP

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