Ozette Triangle Day 2: Hunting for Petroglyphs at Wedding Rocks

We awoke on Saturday morning in a cloud of fog. Droplets of mist hung in the air and soaked the tent. I was glad Daniel talked me into affixing the rainfly last night or we would have gotten soaked. I walked south to filter water and find the privvy. During my PCT hike last year, my fellow hikers and I made a game of rating the trail toilets. This was not the worst toilet I had ever seen…

Ozette Triangle Day 1: Dodging Bears at Sand Point

The Ozette Triangle has been on my bucket list for a long time. Located in Olympic National Park, this 9.4-mile loop hike includes both lush green forests and rugged coastal beaches. An easy elevation profile combined with several options for beach camping make this a favorite backpacking trip for hikers of varying levels of ability. We reserved a wilderness permit several months ago as permits are required for overnight camping. And so Friday morning found us heading west toward the Olympic Peninsula via the Bainbridge Island Ferry.

Alpine Sunset: Backpacking Mt. Baker’s Chain Lakes Loop

I sat with my back against a rock, watching the mountains reflected in the lake below. As the sun slowly dipped over the horizon and twilight descended around me, I sighed with happiness. This is what I have been missing since I left the PCT last fall. I started my adventure earlier that morning, scrambling to readjust as my original hiking plans for the weekend fell through…

The Trail Not Taken: Misadventures on the Smithbrook Trail to Lake Janus

We found ourselves with some unexpected free time this past weekend and so Daniel and I decided to take a last minute backpacking trip. The night beforehand , I spent hours pouring over maps agonizing over what route to take. I was hoping for a trail near an alpine lake or with alpine views (or both!) – but with a relatively easy level of difficulty. Daniel is slowly recovering from a torn meniscus in his right knee and I’m worried he may re-injure it if we push too hard.

Sunset in the Desert: Backpacking Ancient Lakes

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.