Wenatchee Crest Snowshoe

Wenatchee Crest Snowshoe

On New Year's Eve, Grace and I slipped on our microspikes, tethered our snowshoes to our packs, and set out on our last snowshoe of the year. Our initial choice, Indian Creek, had led us to a bare, 3.0 mile road walk—not exactly the experience we were looking for. So! We paused and hit reset, sitting in Grace's idling Subaru and thumbing through a paperback of Snowshoe Routes: Washington for another option.

We wanted something not-too-difficult, since we were going out snowshoeing on New Year's Day too, but we also wanted pretty, snow-covered views. Wenatchee Crest was only about a 20 minute drive from Indian Creek, and at 6 miles roundtrip, 400 feet elevation gain, it wouldn't break our fitness bank for the next day. Our adventure ended up being a wonderful last hurrah of 2017, with some surprises, too!

Three Spooktacular Halloween Hikes near Seattle

Three Spooktacular Halloween Hikes near Seattle

There's something skin-prickling and hair-raising about hiking in October: Leaves stir and rustle, trees creak and moan in the wind, temperatures cool, and nightfall creeps in. Embrace the spooky change in the season with one of these three family-friendly hikes that will give you a spine-tingling thrill for Halloween. Each hike includes a "Spook factor" from one to ten, with ten being a full-blown, expect-ghosts-to-emerge-out-of-the-walls creepiness. Bwah-ha-ha! :-)

10 Beautiful Fall Hikes in the Greater Seattle Area

10 Beautiful Fall Hikes in the Greater Seattle Area

It's fall season in Seattle and it's a great time of year to hike! Greenery is lit aglow in burnished red, marigold, and pumpkin orange. Warm sunrises greet shorter days and brisk mornings, and the taste of snow is on the tip of our tongues.

Now is the time to get outside and savor golden larches and fall foliage, dripping moss and sweet, earth-scented paths, and—when the rainy season kicks into gear—newly swollen rivers and waterfalls.

Fall weather can also turn on a dime, so get ready before you head out. Check the weather forecast and road and trail conditions. Pack warm layers, rain protection, and traction devices—like microspikes—for the possibility of snow.

Here are ten beautiful hikes for a taste of the fall season!

Lodge Lake

Lodge Lake

Lodge Lake is small, quiet lake tucked behind the Summit at Snoqualmie Ski area. Clocking in at 4.0 miles roundtrip and just over 800 feet cumulative elevation gain, the hike is a scenic, approachable option for beginners, families, out-of-town visitors, and if you're short on time. Starting from the trailhead, you take off south on the Pacific Crest Trail, climbing 450 feet and passing under chair lifts on the north-facing slope of the ski resort, then descend 350 feet to Lodge Lake. 

We were looking for a sub-5 mile, snow-free hike to do together and to test out how Onur's knee injury would hold up. We figured we weren't going to get a Mount Rainier view since the cloud base forecast was 6,000 - 12,000 feet, so a hike to a lake with wildflowers seemed to be a good move. It was also nice that it was less than an hour drive to the trailhead, off exit 52 on I-90.