Turtleback Mountain Hike

Turtleback Mountain was our first hike on Orcas Island, and the best one we did. Hiked: early JuneBest time to hike: year roundDistance from Seattle: not for a day trip – 2 hours to Anacortes, plus 1 hour ferry ride, and then a 10-minute drive from the ferry terminalAccessibility: Entirely paved highway and road Length…

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Thunder Knob Trail

I hiked Thunder Knob as part of a 2-hike day when I visited North Cascades. Since it’s such a drive, I really wanted to maximize my time there. Hiked: early MayBest time to hike: April-OctoberDistance from Seattle: 2 hours, 30 minutesAccessibility: Entirely paved highway and roadLength & elevation: 3.6 miles round trip, 635 elevation gainDifficulty:…

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Diablo Lake Trail

Still in my first year living in Washington, I didn’t know when the North Cascades area was accessible. Snow conditions in the mountains are still something I’m learning about and trying to understand. So when I saw a news announcement that highway 20, which crosses through the North Cascades, was entirely cleared of snow last…

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Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

I headed to Rattlesnake Ledge on a Thursday around 5 pm, shortly after the trail was reopened after being shuttered for about a year due. Historically extremely popular, I was eager to go before the word fully got out that it was open. Nonetheless, there was still a moderate amout of people on the trail.…

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Twin Falls Hike

Twin Falls is actually the very first hike I picked out in Washington–before I knew I was going to move here. We were visiting my sister and her family over the winter holidays. I wanted to plan a hike that we could bring our then 2-year-old nephew along on. Something short, something within a 45…

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Otter Falls in Winter

For our first weekend back in Seattle after 6 weeks in Ecuador, I wanted a relatively easy hike. To ease back into things, you know? I picked Otter Falls because there was no snow, it was mostly flat, and with a cloudy weather forecast, waterfalls are one of the best (if not the best) options.…

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