5 Winter Walks in Washington

Winter is in full swing around the country (well…at least west of the Rockies), which means it’s time to get out an enjoy the cool, crisp air, the snow flurries on the ground, and the leave-less wonders. In Washington, get out and about this season with these five fun walks! Wildside – De Leo WallContinue reading “5 Winter Walks in Washington”

A Hidden Hike: Panther Creek Falls

  A long drive from Portland, down an obscure road, Panther Creek Falls is a hidden gem worth an afternoon away. From the parking lot, it is just a short hike (like really short) to a viewing platform. But if you are up for an adventure, take the scramble trail off to the left toContinue reading “A Hidden Hike: Panther Creek Falls”

Exploring the Tatoosh Range: Plummer Peak

While riding in the back seat of my dad’s Nissan Pathfinder truck up a curving road to cascade forests, all my childhood memories of hiking as a family rushed back. That amazing view from Tolmie Fire Lookout, the wildflowers and bees at Spray Park, hot afternoons, and cold camping nights. I definitely inherited the adventureContinue reading “Exploring the Tatoosh Range: Plummer Peak”

Take a Hot Hike to Cool Off at Falls Creek Falls

After weeks in the mid to high 90s in Portland, it was time for me to get out of the city and cool off with another waterfall hike. So this last weekend, I headed over the the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge to check out a few that I’d never been to before. HalfContinue reading “Take a Hot Hike to Cool Off at Falls Creek Falls”

Fourth of July Trail in the Middle of Winter

You can’t hike in the winter, said no one. And especially this season in the Pacific Northwest. With less than 10% of the typical annual snow-pack on most of the ski resorts around Washington and Oregon, you don’t have to look far to find snow-free trails to hike. On a birthday trip to Leavenworth –Continue reading “Fourth of July Trail in the Middle of Winter”

A Rainy Mt. Rainier Weekend

Over Labor Day weekend, I attempted my first glacier mountain climb. I practiced, gathered gear and got as much sleep as possible before heading to Mt. Rainier for the early morning start. And after a summer of record heat in Washington and Oregon, alas the climb didn’t go as planned. Rain, rain, rain, downpour andContinue reading “A Rainy Mt. Rainier Weekend”

Starting the New Year on Table Mountain

I hope my first hike of the year isn’t a sign of things to come in 2014…or maybe I do? Beautiful yet grueling, Table Mountain from the Bonneville Dam Trailhead stretches your endurance along 15.8 miles of weaving paths and tests your resolve to make it to the top with 3350-feet elevation gain. With someContinue reading “Starting the New Year on Table Mountain”

Ape Caves and Lava Canyon

Crawling over boulders 100 feet below the earth’s surface, I was consumed by excitement and pitch black. A damp chill clung to the walls of the lava tube and any exposed skin. The only light, the one I carried. Behind the shadow of the south rim of Mt. St. Helens, ancient lava tubes known asContinue reading “Ape Caves and Lava Canyon”

A Snowy Hike up Granite Mountain

With the year’s first snow accumulation crunching under our feet and melting quickly in the October sun, I climbed, slipped and shimmied to the top of Granite Mountain for amazing views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains with my Everest Base Camp hiking buddies. Taking advantage of the sunny weather this fall in theContinue reading “A Snowy Hike up Granite Mountain”

Return to Rainier Sweepstakes

Originally posted on ESCAPE YOUR EVERYDAY:
From the snow-white peak of Mt. Rainier to the lush, green rainforests on the Olympic Peninsula, the National Parks are finally back open! Can you hear the corks popping and our team getting out our hiking boots? This week we’re returning to Oregon and Washington’s parks on our regular,…