Articles by: Karen Sykes

Great Spring Hikes to Take Now

Great Spring Hikes to Take Now

Below are some of our favorite late spring Washington hikes, early summer hikes with the focus on photography without much risk to life, limb and happiness. The trails described here were hiked in May/June/early July of 2012 (conditions may have changed over the winter).

by May 3, 2013 0 comments Trails
Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams – Book Review

Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams – Book Review

This book will either scare you off or inspire you to hike this trail from end to end.

by April 25, 2013 0 comments Community, Trail of the Week, Trails
Early Spring Washington Hikes

Early Spring Washington Hikes

I am apt to cringe when someone asks about my favorite photography sites in the Pacific Northwest. How can I choose when there are so many? Though it’s still winter, I am already eagerly anticipating my favorite spring hikes in Washington.

by March 25, 2013 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
Book Review: “Cairns, Messengers in Stone”

Book Review: “Cairns, Messengers in Stone”

Cairns have been with us since man walked on two legs. Today there are two camps regarding cairns: those who believe they serve a purpose[Read More…]

by March 12, 2013 0 comments Gear
Heart Lake and Other Romantic Hikes

Heart Lake and Other Romantic Hikes

Since its Valentine’s Day have you ever wondered how many Heart Lakes there are in Washington? Or sought a romantic sunset after a hike with your sweetheart? A search on The Internet turned up several Heart Lakes including Heart Lake (Anacortes), Little Heart and Big Heart Lake (West Fork Foss River), Heart Lake in the northern Olympics and a Heart Lake in the Goat Rock Wilderness.

by February 13, 2013 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
Gold Creek Pond Snowshoe

Gold Creek Pond Snowshoe

Gold Creek Pond is one of the easiest snowshoe hikes near Snoqualmie Pass with great views to the head of Gold Creek valley. The valley is situated below the formidable cliffs of Rampart Ridge, Chikamin Ridge and other Snoqualmie peaks. The loop around Gold Creek Pond is suitable for snowshoers and cross-country skiers of all ages and abilities.

by February 12, 2013 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
Snowshoeing Mount Rainier

Snowshoeing Mount Rainier

We’ve yet to meet a hiker, snowshoer, or skier who didn’t enjoy winter recreation at Mount Rainier National Park, especially Paradise. There are plenty of options for snowshoers between Longmire and Paradise ranging from short trips to more strenuous trips such as Mazama Ridge. Even non-hikers will be rewarded with the views from Paradise, especially when Mount Rainier emerges from the clouds or wears a cap of lenticular clouds tinted with alpenglow.

by January 21, 2013 0 comments Trails
Melmont Fairfax and the Foothills Trail

Melmont Fairfax and the Foothills Trail

There’s nothing that whets our appetite like word or rumors of abandoned trails or historical sites on the verge of vanishing into the mists of history. The Carbon River Valley outside Mount Rainier National Park is full of such places, long-forgotten mining and logging settlements with names almost lost except to historians and descendants of those who once lived or worked there in the coal mines or on the Northern Pacific Railroad.

by December 11, 2012 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
Pratt River Trail No 1035

Pratt River Trail No 1035

The resurrected Pratt River trail provides a good answer to the hiker’s question as to where to hike in November. The Pratt River trail is an old trail given a new life from the work of the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, the Trio Construction Company from North Idaho, Washington Trails Associations, other organizations and volunteers. It is believed that miners were the first to blaze a trail to Pratt Lake at the turn of the century; there were gold claims in the region, including claims on Chair Peak.

by November 27, 2012 0 comments Fireside, Trails
Washington Werewolves

Washington Werewolves

Her sudden scream cut across our conversation; we dropped our candy, watching in horror as something big began to drag her into the brush.

by October 30, 2012 0 comments Fireside