I’ve never been a fan of especially steep trails. Given the choice of a long trail with a moderate incline over a short steep trail, I’ll take the long trail any day. I’ll take all the switchbacks, please and thank you! Thus I found myself at the Chirico Trailhead on Wednesday morning, attempting the trail for the very first time.
Mt. Rainier. After my hike around the Wonderland Trail in 2016, I consider the mountain a dear friend. On sunny days, I have a clear view of Mt. Rainier every time I commute across Lake Washington. I wave a greeting to the mountain as I drive by and dream about returning for a visit. This past weekend I finally got my chance.
The Redmond Watershed Preserve is one of King County’s biggest secrets. With over seven miles of trails winding through moss-covered trees, the Preserve is a hidden gem that is only minutes away from downtown Redmond. I’ve been a regular at the Preserve for years and make a habit of rambling the trail before or after work.
This Mother’s Day, I got to spend the day with my family at Padilla Bay. A tidal bay located near Anacortes, Padilla Bay is centrally located between my home in Seattle and my family’s home in Whatcom County. I was curious to check out the Padilla Bay Trail, which is recommended as a wheelchair accessible trail as well as an easy walk for kids. It seemed like the perfect trail for our family.
Tiger Mountain is one of my go-to hiking destinations near the Seattle area when I don’t want to drive too far. Thirty minutes from downtown Seattle, it’s a short drive but miles away from city life. The mountain can draw quite the crowd on a sunny weekend, but I’ve found that most folks tend to congregate on the West Tiger #3 and Poo Poo Point Trails.
After last Sunday’s snowy adventure on Mt. Teneriffe, I was ready for a change of scenery this weekend. I recruited a couple of friends from work and we headed over the Cascade Mountains to check out Ancient Lakes in sunny, arid Eastern Washington.
Mt. Teneriffe has been on my bucket list for a while but somehow I’ve never gotten around to hiking it. Located in the North Bend area, it’s situated right next to Mt. Si but attracts only a fraction of the crowds…