Wild and majestic, the North Fork trail of the Quinault River to Wolf Bar Camp is perfect for getting the kids out, impressing a date[Read More…]
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April Hikes 2014 If you are a Seattle Backpackers Meetup organizer here are some April hikes from years past that were a lot of fun[Read More…]
She directed me to Pine City, a backcountry trail not even marked on the official NPS map. To reach it, I had to veer off the main Park Boulevard onto an unpaved road so long, at one point I wasn’t sure I’d taken the right path.
Never in my life have I felt more in the center of Muir’s flow of nature than from a high windy knob on Ball Ridge under the vertical Caroline Face of New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook.
Last July, I was entranced by the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Located in the southern Cascades of Washington State, between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams, the Goat Rocks boasts post-card views of both peaks and yes, more than a few wildflowers!
Among Yosemite National Park’s iconic sights that can be day hiked to is Vernal Fall. The 2.4-miles round trip Mist Trail leads to the 317-foot Yosemite Valley waterfall.
This is a quick hike along the beautiful Cheakamus River. This hike is only 2.5 miles roundtrip to the train wreck and back, but you can easily make this hike longer following the flank trail. You can also trail run this hike due to the lack of elevation, but there are some really rooty sections; use caution.
Mt. Zion is a lesser-known option. This 4200-foot high summit is an outlier on the east side of the Olympics. It’s like a little brother to much bigger, bolder Mt. Townsend, a few miles southwest across the valley. This hike also makes a nice starter for a weekend in the Olympics, and doesn’t require a crack of dawn start from Seattle.
Many of the Grand Canyon national park’s trails head into the backcountry by going up and down steep canyon sides, offering fantastic adventures for backpackers.
The Taneum is a sprawling complex of rivers, streams, meadows, campgrounds, memorials, peaks and trails. If you’ve got the itch to explore, this is the place.