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Tatoosh Traverse

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails. Tatoosh Traverse Connect Peaks Adjacent to Mount Rainier on trail and rock scrambles. Summit 12 summits in 10 miles Stevens, Unicorn, Foss, Castle, Pinnacle, Plummer, Denman, Lane, Wahpenayo, Chutla, and Eagle Peak, Border Peak. Contribute   Follow us to adventure.

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Greenwater Lakes

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails. Multiple river crossings, side waterfalls, massive trees and dramatic views down the Greenwater river gorge make this an engrossing hike for the entire family. There is so much to explore, so many growing living things each with their own designs all fitting together so nicely. […]

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Layser Cave

  Take a short jaunt down to a pre-historic cave used for shelter over 6,000 years ago. Native people used a near-by slot canyon to hunt elk and deer with Atlatls. Over 150 dear skeletons were found in this cave. Used for hundreds of years before the previous St Helens eruption 4,000 years ago leaving […]

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Pinnacle Peak Cal Magnusson Trail

Play & Learn Rising abruptly from flat farmlands the popular Pinnacle Peak could be considered The Mount Si of Enumclaw. This ancient volcanic cone long since overgrown with vegetation the peak’s dense forest offers occasional breaks to farmland views below. Looking north its possible to spot the Seattle city skyline appearing to be building blocks […]

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Play & Learn   Almost as convenient as a rest stop right off I5. The Nisqually National Wildife Refuge is a spectacular setting for bird and wildlife viewing. Boardwalk paths lead through forested areas and grasslands, where river and streams mix with salty seawater to provide a wide range of habitats for wildlife. Take the […]

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Point Defiance Perimeter Loop

Point Defiance Loop Busy beaches to quiet secluded forest , old growth trees, high bluffs and spectacular Puget sound views; you will see them all on the outer loop trail. Quite a range in Tacoma Backyard Playground…. Follow along Owen beach before cutting up the steep forested hillside see if you can spot, Mountaineer tree, […]

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