Washington provides some beautiful scenery throughout the year. From mountain peaks to the Columbia River gorge to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, it’s hard not to find breathtaking landscapes wherever you are in the state.
We are Stacy and Brandon of Pacific North Wanderers and we’ve compiled a list of our favorite hikes. We’ll give you a brief introduction to these places and let you know what makes them special. To read more about each hike click the read more link below it to be taken to the full story on our website.
This is by far our favorite, most memorable hike and camp so far. Shi Shi Beach is part of Olympic National Park and lies along the Pacific Ocean. It’s only accessible by an hour long hike. The 2.5 miles of coastline, far away from any major city, provides hikers with tide pools, sea stacks, caves, sunrises/sunsets, stargazing, and more opportunities. On the south end of the beach is Point of the Arches, an archipelago that reaches into the sea.
Read More: www.pnwanderers.com/blog/shi-shi-beach-trail
Located in the northwest region of Mt. Rainier National Park is Spray Park and Spray Falls. Access to these spots is via a trailhead at the beautiful Lake Mowich area. Bring your rain jacket if you plan on getting close to the falls, which you’re certainly able to do. They call it Spray for a reason! After you’ve spent some time at the falls continue on the trail to Spray Park. An alpine meadow of wildlife, wildflowers and photo opportunities awaits. This is a perfect spot to have lunch!
If you’re of the more daring type, and want to live, err… hike, close to the edge, there’s no better place than Rattlesnake Ledge. Located in the Issaquah Alps this is a 4.4 mile roundtrip hike that provides views of nearby mountains and the lake below. If you’re bringing children or pets along use caution at the top as there’s a 300ft drop off the cliff.
Read More: www.pnwanderers.com/blog/rattlesnake-ledge
Another hike with dangerous cliffs is Oyster Dome. The dome provides breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands, Canadian mountain ranges, and on a clear day you can even see all the way to the Olympics. This is probably the toughest hike in this list but it is doable. The 6.5 mile round trip is steep in spots. Allow 3-4 hours to complete this one.
Read More: www.pnwanderers.com/blog/hiking-oyster-dome
There are many hikes in the region that lead to fire lookouts. This is one of them. The hike is pretty easy and should take you less than an hour to reach the top. Once at the top you can climb the stairs of the lookout tower to a viewing platform high in the sky. You’ll be able to see nearby Mt. Index, Baring Mountain, and more.
This one is more of a bonus. It isn’t your typical hike on a dirt trail that goes on for a few miles. Instead, this is a ¾ mile trail that wraps around a 848-foot monolith. The trail consists of 52 switchbacks and 22 steel bridges. This is a quick and fun hike to the top which overlooks the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge. It’s located in Beacon Rock State Park along WA-14, 36 miles east of Vancouver, WA.
Read More: www.pnwanderers.com/blog/beacon-rock-trail
Some trails are familiar, like a pair of cushioned slippers formed to your feet. Each turn is comforting and warm, as known as the pages of your favorite book. Some trails are rocky and wild, proving to you with every mile both the thrill of nature and your own limitations. For different experience levels, locations, time constraints and moods, there are likely to be a variety of trails near you that meet your needs. With some helpful resources and considerations, finding the perfect hiking trail is easy.
From hiking dog jealousy to estimating the calorie-to-weight ratio of entire grocery stores, outdoor adventurers have unique experiences all around.
Here are just a few to make you laugh, paired with watercolor interpretations of outdoorsy absurdity.
My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made, I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.
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