I grew up hearing stories about Kamiak Butte. With an elevation of 3641 feet, it’s a forested island that towers above the rolling hills of wheat, alfalfa and barley so typical of the Palouse region. My parents are originally from the town of Palouse and have fond memories of hiking Kamiak Butte years ago. It’s one of the few options for hiking available in a region primarily dominated by rolling agricultural fields.
Over Memorial Day weekend, I headed east of the mountains with my sweetie, Daniel. We planned to visit my aunt and stopped off at the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area for a quick overnight backpacking trip. I was already familiar with the area as I had recently day-hiked an 11-mile loop starting from the upper Ancient Lakes Trailhead. This time, we chose a shorter route starting from the lower Ancient Lakes & Dusty Lakes Trailhead.
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.