Having mountain passes around us means in Seattle it’s easy to play in the snow when wanted. But if you’re a beginner or novice, there’s a lot of equipment involved you might not want to initially purchase. Enter the Forest Service’s Winter Snowshoe program!
I got a taste of snow hiking last winter and loved it. Snow hiking is like snowshoeing, only the trail is so packed down or light with snow that you can get away without snowshoes and use gear like microspikes for traction. Armed with a new pair of microspikes from Mama Boots, I set out […]
Before my first time backpacking this September, I had many questions, most of them regarding the idea of carrying everything I needed and how much it would hurt. Luckily the boyfriendo was not a novice, but for those of you who are, here’s my tips.
After enjoying a beautiful sunny hike and exploring town day one in Winthrop, we planned for a longer hike (Pipestone Canyon) for day two. However, we awoke to the sound of driving rain on a metal roof and suddenly nine miles didn’t seem like a whole lot of fun.
For our anniversary, the boyfriendo surprised me with a weekend in Winthrop! Located northeast of Seattle, near North Cascades National Park, this town is a playground in both the winter and summer for outdoor activities–but how would the shoulder season hold up?
Labor Day weekend, I went backpacking for my first time ever. The boyfriendo has been backpacking since he was a child, and he spoke fondly of camping at Cape Alava as a backpacking trek. Armed with a new 65-liter pack and hopefully enough food, we set off!
The drive from Crater Lake home to Seattle would have been a long one. Too long. So I elected we make a short but sweet stop at Silver Falls State Park near Salem to break up the drive home. It’s considered the crown jewel of Oregon State Parks–and I’d soon learn why.
While Crater Lake National Park has a plethora of easy hikes I already detailed, the park also offers some challenges. I made it a goal to take on these challenges back when I started planning this trip in January, so I was grateful that none of my goal hikes were closed due to fires.
Like any good state or national park, Crater Lake National Park has a myriad of hiking options, from the easy to the challenging. During the course of our three-night stay, we did almost every hike that was open (sadly, much of the park was off-limits due to fires). Here were the easy hikes, perfect for […]
The inside of Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon has been shaped by not geography, but by geology. The lava lands of Newberry National Volcanic Monument offer gorgeous sites and hikes to astound you, especially if you’re used to the green trees and ferns of western Washington. With tons of options, some being only twenty […]