You’ve Got Mail! Hiking the Mailbox Peak Trail

Mailbox Peak – Sunday, March 18 9.4 Miles 4000 feet elevation gain Mailbox Peak has been on my bucket list for a long time. Located near North Bend in the area fondly known as “The Issaquah Alps”, Mailbox Peak is one of the more popular hikes near Seattle. And it’s also one of the most…

Tiger Mountain Trail – Poo Poo Point Trail Loop

11 Miles 2500 Feet Elevation Gain 30 lb backpack  Yesterday, I felt recovered enough from The Sick to go on a hike.  I’ve been on some easy walks around Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood to test the waters, and I felt ready.  I was originally planning a more ambitious hike, but after checking the avalanche forecast…

Angel’s Rest-Devil’s Rest Loop

11 Miles 3100 Feet Elevation Gain On Friday, February 24, I drove 3 hours south to the Columbia River Gorge for a conference.  I wanted to check out the local scenery, so I did some research and decided to hike the Angel’s Rest-Devil’s Rest Loop. Angel’s Rest is a popular there-and-back 5-mile hike to an…

Mt. Washington

9 miles roundtrip 3250 Feet Elevation Gain On Saturday I hiked Mt. Washington with my friends Jingyan and David.  Mt. Washington is a similar level of difficulty as the popular Mt. Si trail but not nearly as crowded.  The hike is located on the north slope of the mountain so the trail tends to get…

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…

Sumas Mountain

Swift Creek Trail #3 Sumas Mountain 6.5 Miles Although I now reside in Seattle, I originally hail from Whatcom County.  Most of my family still lives in that area, so I headed north to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with them like I do every year.  My mom is also a hiking enthusiast, so the day…

Mt. Dickerman 

8.2 Miles 3950 Elevation Gain Since returning from my Wonderland trail hike, I’ve stayed in shape mostly by trail running or exploring urban trails around Seattle.  The weather has been pretty consistently awful and I haven’t had a chance to make it back up to the mountains.  Last week, however, I saw a break in…