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Eleven Family-Friendly Summer Trails Around Olympic National Park

Summer is finally here and after a record rainfall over the past winter, Pacific Northwest residents are drying out and are getting ready for wilderness exploration. School is out, summer vacation is just getting started and families from all over the nation are flocking to the great state of Washington to experience the natural beauty …

Three Amazing Backpacks for Day Hikers

I love backpacks. In fact, I love backpacks so much, I have an entire collection of them. I have so many backpacks, I have backpacks where I put my other backpacks. It is ridiculous. When I walk into REI or any of the other outdoor shops around the Seattle area, the first place I walk …

This Summer, Hike Olympic National Park’s Maiden Peak

The naming of Olympic National Park’s Maiden Peak is under debate, but the most likely story of why the area is called as such comes from the book Gods and Goblins. In the book, it is said that Maiden Lake and Maiden Peak got named in the summer of 1913, when a bunch of young …

Want to Date a Hiker or Kayaker? Move to the Pacific Northwest

Everyone that lives, visited, or spent time daydreaming about the Pacific Northwest knows it has endless beauty. From the stunning peaks of the Cascade Mountains in Washington and Oregon, the amazing beaches and rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula and the breathtaking wilderness in Idaho, beauty and outdoor recreation go hand in hand. Nature defines who we …

The Responsibility of Hikers: A Response to “Loving Trails to Death”

In a recent post by celebrated guidebook author Craig Romano, whose books I have reviewed, he talks about how scenic areas are becoming popular, overcrowded and a destination for outdoor groups of all shapes and sizes.  The article says that trails are being heavily used, and that traffic needs to be directed elsewhere. I agree to a …

Exploring Trails Around Mount Rainier: Bertha May Lake

We all know and love Mount Rainier, but few people outside of the hiking community take the time to explore the trails surrounding Washington State’s second-most visited National Park. In 2014, 1.3 million people visited Mount Rainier National Park, with  225,887 entering through the eastern side at the Nisqually Entrance. While the majority of those …

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Men’s Cathode Hooded Jacket

Finding the right mid-layer jacket can be a tough chore, especially if you are hoping to not break the bank. For most hikers who are looking to become serious about their hobby, locating a perfect mid-later jacket can be frustrating, with thousands of companies each touting their product as the best. While many jackets are …

Using Your Five Senses at Five Pacific Northwest National Parks

The National Parks of the West, specifically the parks of that are in Montana and Washington State, offer some of the most wild and diverse landscapes in the world. Full of wonder and awe, the five National Parks in these states give visitors experiences they can’t find anywhere else in the world. Whether in Yellowstone …