Fairytale Hike on Heather Lake Trail

This popular hike is classified in many places as a child-friendly hike, but the big steps, fallen tree hazards, and steep inclines put this in the “adult” category for me. It’s muddy, rocky and wet, so lush vegetation abounds. On a sunny day, like the one we had, the afternoon light will hit just right through the trees and give you a whimsical sense of being in a fairyland. The diverse trail and large lake at the end make it understandable why this hike is a favorite for many. Continue reading Fairytale Hike on Heather Lake Trail

Powder Days in Washington State

As home to a mountain that claims the most snowfall of any mountain in the United States, Washington is a world-class ski and snowboard destination. Often overlooked to Colorado or Utah because of it’s distant location, Washington has some serious snow that simply can’t be beat. The fantastic snow season this year means there is no reason not to get out to the slopes and find some fresh powderand it’s not too late! Washington state has plenty of places to ride the lift, but here’s the low down on my top three: Mount Baker Ski Area, Crystal Mountain Resort, and Steven’s Pass. Continue reading Powder Days in Washington State

Washington Snowshoeing for Beginners

This is more a less a how-to on snowshoeing in Washington. I’ve gone once, so I’m claiming to be an expert like the rest of the internet. In all seriousness though, snowshoeing is easy! Easier than you think. It’s quick to learn, fun, and accessible for just about anyone in any snowy place. I had a great time renting snowshoes and taking to the powder for a few hours this month in Snoqualamie at Gold Creek Pond. Here’s how I did it, what I learned, and the advice I’d give to other newbies. Continue reading Washington Snowshoeing for Beginners

Plain, Washington: Not flashy, but definitely not boring.

Looking for a quick ski trip close to Seattle? Steven’s Pass is a favorite among local and visitors alike. While I’m not sure I’d recommend visiting the slopes on New Years weekend, we found plenty to do without waiting in lift lines. Picturesque snowy landscapes, an adventurous hike, snowmobiling, and a quaint town await in Plain, Washington. Continue reading Plain, Washington: Not flashy, but definitely not boring.

Franklin Falls: Washington’s Unofficial “Most-Instagrammed” Waterfall

You’ve seen the photos—Washington’s unofficial “most-Instagrammed” waterfall—and you wonder if it’s really all that cool. Franklin Falls is a photographer’s dream. A wild and tall falls just a quick 30 min walk to and fro, that’s suitable for absolutely any age and capability (read: very easy). It’s worth walking to in the rain or snow, and I’m looking forward to getting back there when it’s frozen. Continue reading Franklin Falls: Washington’s Unofficial “Most-Instagrammed” Waterfall