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The Evergreen State is home to incredible diversity: the Olympics, Mount Rainier, Mount St Helens, North Cascades, a beautiful, rugged coastline and the arid deserts.

Trip Reports

Backpacking the Pasayten’s Hidden Lakes

In 2017 the Hidden Lakes area of the central Pasayten was badly burned by fire. 3 days backpacking here made me realize there is immense beauty in devastation and that nature is extraordinarily resilient. …

November 19, 2019
Trip Guides

Washington State Lake Hiking Challenges

Exploring alpine lakes is perfect for summer or when higher peaks are snowed in. Check off one or more of these four lake lists and if you're a Mountaineers member, you can earn some cool awards! …

March 7, 2019
Trip Guides

Washington State Hiking and Mountaineering Challenges

Need a fun way to challenge yourself this year? Consider tackling one or more of these 8 Washington State Peak Lists. Some can be completed in a season and others might take your whole life, but whether you're a hiker, scrambler, or mountaineer, each…

March 7, 2019
Fire Lookouts Trip Reports

Fastpacking Miner’s Ridge

An incredible 30+ mile ultralight overnight to Miner's Ridge Lookout, deep in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. This was lookout #46 for me and I enjoyed not only surprising solitude, but one of the most fantastic mountain sunrises I've ever seen!…

June 29, 2018
Trip Guides

Exploring Eastern Washington Coulee Country

With its plentiful blue skies, sunshine, and warm temps, Eastern Washington's Coulee Country offers a fantastic spring reprieve from Western Washington's drizzle as well as some of the state's most amazing geological wonders! The earth's once largest waterfall? A soapy lake similar in alkalinity…

April 6, 2018
Trip Guides

Best Fall Hikes in the North Cascades

Fall is one of my favorite seasons for getting outside and the North Cascades, with their iridescent green-ish/gold larches and fiery red and orange foliage, put on the best show in the state! Check out my favorite four fall hikes! …

September 17, 2017
Trip Reports

Conquering Fear: Sea Kayaking the San Juans

All of us have fears, yet living in fear keeps us from truly living. Since my childhood I've been terrified of the water and it's taken me over 30 years to finally defeat it. Recently I was able to fulfill a dream to sea…

August 23, 2017