Rainy Day Hike to Iconic Seattle Landmarks (and a National Park!)

Rainy Day Hike to Iconic Seattle Landmarks (and a National Park!)

It was cold, it was raining, and as far as I could tell, there wasn't going to be a break in the weather no matter which way we headed. Feeling weary of packing up my rain gear and hiking in blustery weather, I texted my hiking buddy Grace. She suggested a "Tour de Seattle" from Kerry Park in Queen Anne to Olympic Sculpture Park and beyond. Sounded great to me! 

Here's a look at the urban hike we did through downtown Seattle, with stops at Myrtle Edwards Park, Olympic Sculpture Park, Pike Place Market, The London Plane, Intrigue Chocolate, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. At the end of the post, I'll share some tips for doing an urban hike in the rain :)

Hidden Gem Spotlight: O.O. Denny Park

Hidden Gem Spotlight: O.O. Denny Park

O.O. Denny Park, a 30 minute drive northeast of Seattle, is a quiet, secluded park that is a great option when you are short on time and looking for a burst of nature. A 2.5 mile, moderately hilly loop will take you from the waterfront—with restrooms, a playground, pebbly beach, and large picnic area—to a well-groomed trail system winding through a lush ravine. Highlights are a 600+-year-old tree trunk named Sylvia, a trio of beautifully crafted wooden bridges, and the opportunity to enjoy waterfront views from benches and picnic tables in the park. 

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!