Guided Hikes in Cascadia

Posted in Mt. Rainier Hikes

Face-to-Face with Glaciers at Mt. Rainier

If there is a trail between earth and heaven, this is it. Those words, written by noted conservationist, avid hiker and guidebook author Harvey Manning,…

Posted in Mt. Rainier Hikes

A Back Door to Mt. Rainier and Grand Park

This strenuous out-and-back hike begins at a little-known backdoor into Mt. Rainier National Park, where you are sure to experience the majesty of Rainier in…

Posted in Olympic Peninsula Hikes

Into the Heart of the Olympic Mountains: Hurricane Hill

If there is any one hike that will etch the magnificence of the Olympic Mountains and the Salish Sea into your memory forever, this is…

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Hike into the Salish Sea: Dungeness Spit

Dungeness Spit is one of the world’s longest sand spits, gracefully curving 5 miles into the Salish Sea, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca…

Posted in The Great Nearby

Hike Across the Water into a Restored Estuary: Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

This is a flat hike, mostly on dikes and boardwalks that take you a full mile deep into the largest restored estuary in the Northwest,…

Atop Oyster Dome overlooking Samish Bay. San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island in the distance. B. Smithgall photo)
Posted in Puget Sound Hikes

Oyster Lovers’ Adventure: Oyster Dome Hike and Oysters on the Beach

Oyster Dome is a polished promontory atop Blanchard Mountain with a stunning view of Samish Bay and the Salish Sea, including distant views to the…

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Birds, Bluffs, and Beachcombing: Historic Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island

This adventure has it all: Historic buildings, including a restored homestead and cemetery; stunning views of the Olympics and Mt. Rainier; a shoreline and lagoon…

Posted in Seattle Adventures

Hiking Discovery Park and Watching Ships and Salmon at Ballard Locks

Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest park, at 435 acres, and the Hiram Chittenden Locks (also known as the Ballard Locks), connecting Lakes Washington and Lake…

Posted in Seattle Adventures

Wild West Seattle: Old Growth Forest, The Birthplace of Seattle, and Wildlife at Lincoln Park

You don’t have to go outside the city to witness the grandeur of old-growth Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar. The pioneering Schmitz family preserved…

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Sacred and Spectacular: Iconic Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most popular attractions in the Seattle area, with a heart-pounding cataract that plummets 268 feet, carrying an average of…