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  • Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland [Hike 38/52]

    Lake Valhalla and Mount McCausland [Hike 38/52]

    Distance: 8 miles (to both destinations), roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1500 feet to the lake, 1800 feet to the summit Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Hiked: 10.7.18 The alarm goes off at 4:45am. It’s dark and my bed is a little too comfortable. As I rub sleep out of my eyes, I grab my pre-packed daypack and […]

  • Sheep Lake [Hike 36/52]

    Sheep Lake [Hike 36/52]

    Distance: 3.6 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: 400 feet Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Hiked: 9.30.18 I loved this easy, fall hike! With the colors popping all around us, I wanted to get out and enjoy them before they were gone. In Utah, it’s mostly aspens putting on the show, so there are a lot of yellows. […]

  • Naches Peak Loop [Hike 30/52]

    Naches Peak Loop [Hike 30/52]

    Distance: 3.2 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: 600 feet Pass: Northwest Forest Pass OR National Parks Pass (depending on where you park) Hiked: 8.5.19 Wildflower, views and lush mountainsides are my favorite kind of hikes. Remember when I went wildflower hunting in Utah? I just love seeing a sea of color dotting the mountainside. Naches Peak […]

  • Summit Lake [Hike 29/52]

    Summit Lake [Hike 29/52]

    Distance: 6.1 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1300 feet Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Hiked: 7.29.18 The summer hiking season is in full swing! After a break last weekend while Brighton and I shot a wedding, we were back at the hiking challenge. Today, we were joined by Brighton’s friends from work, Tyler & his friend John, […]

  • Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls) [Hike 27/52]

    Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls) [Hike 27/52]

    Distance: 5.4 miles, roundtrip Gain: 1585 ft. Pass: Discover Pass Hiked: 7.8.18 These falls feel impressively vertical when you can walk right through them and look up! Koda enjoyed cooling down in the water and finding some sticks for fetch. The first part of the trail was very pleasant, but the second half was rocky. […]

  • Hurricane Hill (Olympic National Park) [Hike 25/52]

    Hurricane Hill (Olympic National Park) [Hike 25/52]

    Distance: 3.2 miles, roundtrip Gain: 650 ft. Pass: National Parks Pass Hiked 7.1.18 Kelli came to visit, which was a perfect excuse to get out to the Olympic peninsula and do some hiking. We woke up too early, drove for a few hours, did 2 hikes (#25 and #26—halfway!!), visited the most NW point in the […]

  • Beckler Peak [Hike 24/52]

    Beckler Peak [Hike 24/52]

    Distance: 7.6 miles, roundtrip Gain: 2240 ft. Pass: None Hiked 6.24.18 I think my tagline should be “will hike for views” because the only reason I picked this hike was for the 360 degree views of the Cascades from the top. I mean, look at this view! So. Many. Mountains.  We got a late start from […]

  • Talapus and Olallie Lakes [Hike 23/52]

    Talapus and Olallie Lakes [Hike 23/52]

    Distance: 6.2 miles, roundtrip* Gain: 1220 feet Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Hiked: 6.17.18 *We only hiked to Talapus Lake, but you can continue to do the full hike to Olallie Lake This was a family friendly, easy weekend hike up in North Bend. We wanted something nearby, and Koda wanted to go swimming with the […]

  • May Valley Loop [Hike 21/52]

    May Valley Loop [Hike 21/52]

    Distance: 6 miles, roundtrip* Elevation: Unknown Pass: Discover Pass Hiked: 6.3.18 *Due to the encounter, we only did 2-3 miles of this trail. We weren’t in the mood for a challenging hike, but we wanted to get out into nature, so we chose this hike nearby in the Issaquah Alps. It was Sunday morning, and […]

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Valley

    Skagit Valley Tulip Valley

    One of the many seasonal events in the Western Washington area is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. It happens every April, and they are in their 34th year! There are a couple main gardens that people visit— the RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town. It’s designed as a driving tour, meaning you can get in your car […]