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Bike Hike Trails

Western Washington, bikepacking, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails. Hike and Bike Trails Western Washington is known for its precipitation and cascading waterfalls. The forces of nature unleash powerful storms from time-to-time washing out roads and access to remote areas. While some roads like the Suiattle River Road have been repaired […]

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Sloan Peak – West Face

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails. Given a forecast of hot sunny weather Reid and I decided to forego the glacier on the Corkscrew route and spend the day on the rock. We were eager to get up into high alpine country and soak up the ambiance on “The Matterhorn of […]

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60 Hikes 60 Miles: Seattle Guidebook Review

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails. 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle Western Washington is a special place with a wealth of scenic hiking opportunities. Welcome to the Best of the Northwest. With sea kayak access to the trailhead at Tillicum Village we hiked the Blake Island loop with co-author Bryce […]

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Alpine Traverses

The Classic Alpine Traverses of Western WA Western Washington, Hiking, Climbing, Best of the NW Year-round trails. Connecting corridors through these less trodden secret passages unlock alpine magic and surefire mountain adventure. Enchantments Traverse The turning of the larch colors signals the peak of the fall hiking season in the Pacific NW. The Enchantments Traverse […]

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Boulder River Trail

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails.   Boulder River Trail Darrington National Forest HWY 530   Minimal Elevation gain through old growth forest to a serene waterfalls makes the Boulder River Trail a popular family-friendly hike year round. West of Darrington the Boulder River Trail meanders above the Boulder River through […]

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Goat Lake

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails. The Mountain Loop Highway Henry M Jackson Wilderness. Gradually climbing along the Elliot Creek Drainage Goat Lake sits at the Northern flank of Monte Christo Peak. First tier trails in this region like Pilchuck overshadow some of the deeper tracks like this one. A well-maintained […]

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