When the Going Gets Steep: Scrambling Up Little Bandera Mountain

While researching new trails that are within reasonable driving distance, I came across Bandera Mountain. I remember seeing the peak on a map when I previously hiked in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and I was curious to check it out. I briefly skimmed through the description on the Washington Trails Association‘s website and noted that the last section gets a bit steep. The total distance and elevation gain of the hike overall didn’t seem that bad though. How hard could it be?

Exploring the Wild and Beautiful Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River: The Pratt River Connector Trail

On Saturday, Daniel and I decided to explore the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River area. We were looking for a relatively easy trail near Seattle and I wanted to go someplace new. The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road is newly paved and winds through pristine forests along the banks of the Snoqualmie River. We passed many small turnouts and trailheads along the way that were virtually empty. I guess everyone else was too busy hiking Mailbox Peak.

Mt. Si

8 Miles Roundtrip 3150 Feet Elevation Gain Mt. Si is a popular hike located 45 minutes from Seattle in the North Bend Area.  With a 3150-foot elevation gain in four miles, it’s a great workout and a training opportunity for those who are preparing for more rigorous adventures.  Its proximity to Seattle and relatively low…