It seems like forever ago that I was conditioning for Mt. St. Helens with challenging hikes in the greater Seattle area. After Mount Townsend, the next one on my list was West Tiger 3 near Issaquah.
Once I returned from my awesome Cali roadtrip in June, I knew I had to buckle down and hit the trails to prepare for an August summit of Mount St. Helens. Next up was one of the areas most-loved conditioning hikes–Mount Townsend.
During any roadtrip that goes through northern California, the Avenue of the Giants is a requisite stop. This 31-mile highway used to be part of the famous 101 Highway, but now it is a can’t-miss detour.
Maybe it’s my city-girl bias talking, but in the last year, twice I’ve been genuinely surprised to greatly enjoy beer from a small-town brewery. If people are coming to the only brewery around for miles, I guess I thought some places would skimp on taste or quality. But not in Long Beach!