Washington Hikes: Mount Pilchuck

This weekend we FINALLY got around to hiking Mount Pilchuck! This hike has been on our list since we moved to Washington, but for some reason we managed to hike multiple other hikes around it while avoiding this big one. It’s actually not a ‘big one’ compared to most—it’s a little under six miles roundtrip …

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Washington Hikes: Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

The weekend after my master's degree classes ended (HOORAY!) we set out mid-morning for one of the longer bike-and-hikes we've tackled in a while. Our destination: Lake Serene. By the time we arrived parking at the trailhead was scarce and I was glad we were on our bikes and able to sneak into an available …

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Washington Hikes: Heybrook Lookout

We set out Saturday morning to tackle a new hike near Steven's Pass on the western side of the Cascade Mountains called Heybrook Lookout. This short but steep hike to the lookout ended up being about 2.5 miles roundtrip with 992 feet of elevation gain. You better believe our hearts were pumping after that mile …

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Washington Hikes: Big Four Ice Caves

We started our new year with a hike to the Big Four Ice Caves near Granite Falls, Washington. We learned about the ice caves shortly after we moved to the Pacific Northwest, but unfortunately because a woman died there when tons of snow and ice collapsed at the mouth of the cave. My public service …

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Washington Hikes: Lime Kiln Trail

Although it's not Brian's preference, some weekends we opt for length over gain when it comes to selecting a hike. That was the case when we landed on exploring the Lime Kiln Trail near Granite Falls. We ended up loving this snowy, seven-mile round-trip trek along an abandoned 1800s railway bed to a historic lime …

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Washington Hikes: Teneriffe Falls

We talked all week about hitting the trail on Saturday morning but it wasn’t until Friday night that we realized we hadn’t actually decided where we wanted to hike! Planning out our hikes in advance is not a reflection of my need to be constantly organized, although it certainly eases my mind to have a …

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