Washington Hikes: Nisqually Vista Loop and Deadhorse Creek

Despite the overcast skies we decided to squeeze in one more hike to round out our weekend of hiking adventures when we woke up at Mt. Rainier National Park's Paradise Inn on Sunday morning. We headed over to the Nisqually Vista Loop for an easy hike to a series of overlooks that were supposed to offer great …

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Washington Hikes: Narada Falls

During our recent trip to Mt. Rainier we decided at the last minute to check out Narada Falls on the recommendation of my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. They had visited Mt. Rainier during their time here and said it was a nice, quick stop on the way out of the park. They were right--the falls is …

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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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Views and Hikes on Whitefish Mountain

One of the best parts about taking the overnight train from Everett, Washington, to Whitefish, Montana, was that we arrived in Whitefish around 8 a.m. with the whole day ahead of us! The weather forecasts were calling for rain both in Whitefish as well as in Glacier National Park so we decided to head straight …

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Washington Hikes: Sugarloaf and Mount Erie

Last Friday after dinner, I spent some time looking through my 'backpack' on the Washington Trails Association website to see what local hikes I had saved. There were a couple within an hour or so drive from our house that we were considering, but while I was opting for those with some mileage, Brian was …

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Hiking Dirtyface Mountain

We have always enjoyed spending time outdoors and have really enjoyed tackling progressively more challenging hikes since moving to the Pacific Northwest. When we moved here from Ohio, we were excited to spend more time in the mountains, which we simply didn't have the opportunity to explore back at home. What I didn't anticipate is …

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Hiking Mount Si: Lessons Learned

Usually I am the one pushing my husband to get out of the house on the weekends. It's not that he's not adventurous, it's just that after traveling for work all week, he usually needs a break on the weekends. He was a trooper for my birthday, completing his travels and then turning around and …

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Labor Day Drive Through the Mountains

We spent an incredible Labor Day weekend exploring the North Cascades Pass, Winthrop and Twisp. Our last morning we woke up early, grabbed some coffee and breakfast to go from a little stand across the street from our hotel, and set off for our drive back through the Northern Cascades and home to our beloved cat. …

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