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Ptarmigan Traverse 2016

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails. Despite inclement weather our team of 5 completed the classic “Traverse of the American Alps” in 3 nights 4 days. Highest point – 7,769’ Dome/Dana Glacier Col Lowest point – 1,499’ Downey Creek trail head (exit)     We shuttled cars, leaving 2 at the […]

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Pickets Traverse

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails. Traveling across jagged peaks inspiring the look of a Picket fence this extremely remote and rugged corner of the North Cascades demands commitment, advanced alpine skills and deep knowledge of the terrain with an adventurous attitude. Contribute Follow us to adventure.

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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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Family-Friendly Trail of the Week

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails. A Year of Best of the NW Family-Friendly Trails Want to be more active in 2016?  We make it easy with a Western Washington recommended trail a week. The full list (one revealed each week on twitter and in this blog post) 52 descriptive trail […]

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Green Mountain North Cascades

Western Washington, hiking, climbing, Best of the NW year-round trails.   Green Mountain Darrington National Forest HWY 530 Fall colors unfold across the open upper flanks of Green Mountain. With spectacular views of Glacier Peak and the North Cascades gives this trail it’s place on IRA Spring’s 100 classic hikes of Washington. Come across the […]

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