Upper Wildcat Lake, WA

Starting at the Snow Lake trailhead, motor your way past the crowds and up the switchbacks some 500 feet to the saddle over looking Snow Lake.  Eye up the ridge to the northwest as you crest the saddle to orient yourself over the next 3 miles and continue down to the lake access and around the north edge of Snow Lake.  The last mile to Gem Lake pushes you up another 800 feet, but there are ample photo opportunities and scenic side trips for you to regain your legs. Continue reading “Upper Wildcat Lake, WA”

Snow Lake, WA


Starting at the Snow Lake Trail Head you climb up the boot pack or ski track of those before you (hopefully) from ~3120 ft. to ~4400 ft. at the ridge line where Snow Lake becomes visible. If there are no tracks, follow the South Fork Snoqualmie River NE and aim just east of the lowest point of the ridge line. Winter route finding may be necessary, so bring a compass, study the map, and have a contingency plan. Continue reading “Snow Lake, WA”

Third Beach, WA

Third Beach trailhead is off of La Push road and is 4 hours outside of Seattle anyway you cut it. Two options once you’re on the peninsula: Drive up from the south for awesome ocean views around Kalaloch, or drive down from the north and be blown away by Lake Crescent. Give yourself time too, because you’ll want to pull over. Getting to the trail head is really half the fun. Continue reading “Third Beach, WA”

Hoh River Trail, WA

Be blown away, turn after turn, at the magic that is the Hoh. Year round, this low elevation trail makes a great beginner backpacking trip full of wildlife and huge views of the Hoh River valley.

Grab a permit on your way in at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles or at the Quinault USFS/NFS Recreation Information center before parking at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and use the wash station and rest room before you head out on the trail. Continue reading “Hoh River Trail, WA”