Hazel Trailhead

There’s a little gravel pull-off along the side of Highway 530 between Arlington and Darrington, Wa. You wouldn’t think from just driving by that there is plenty to explore here as well as richness in history of a town long forgotten. From the parking area you have the choice to let your eyes feast upriver…

Monte Cristo Townsite

From 1899 to 1907 Monte Cristo was a mining town. Harvesting mainly gold and Silver. Later on it became a resort town and now a well preserved ghost town. Something we don’t see enough of in the dampness of the great PNW. The hike out to the townsite is an adventure in its own. You…

Hidden Lake Lookout

In the back country of Marblemount, Wa is a long, steep trail that leads you on an a painstaking adventure you will never forget. Like every hike there is a beginning a middle and an end, but this one has well defined chapters. The first leg of your journey gets you to work right away…

Elliot Creek and Goat Lake

I had a day to myself and decided to go on a solo hike to one my favorite local hikes. The Elliot Creek & Goat Lake Trail is situated along the Mountain Loop Highway between Granite Falls and Darrington, Wa. It’s a long 10.4 miles roundtrip with a 1400 foot elevation gain. Not too far…

Frog Lake

Frog Lake in Darrington, WA is well named because it is actually full of frogs. Visit here in Spring and Summer and I bet you will spot a few. At 1.5 acres it’s just a tiny little lake with a quiet, Northwest setting. There’s just enough room from the bank to cast a line or…

Trail at Marblemount Boat Launch

If there’s something I’ve learned while collecting adventures in this modern world is that not all the beautiful places are listed on the internet. This trail I took today didn’t really seem to have a name, just a well defined trail into the great beyond. Some folks chase rainbows, but for me, I know that…

White Chuck Bench Trail

I showed up to the trailhead to the White Chuck Bench Trail outside of Darrington, Wa and found these signs. “Trail work ahead closed to public use” and “Workers riding motorcycles may be on trail.” Normally the thought of missing out on a trail would bum me out, but I am totally excited about this….

Evan and Boardman Lake

I have done this hike so many times I could probably do it blindfolded. That being said, and due to its popularity, there is usually other hikers there. Today, however, these beauties were all mine. A very rare and special treat! Getting to this trailhead is a journey in itself. Once you leave the Mountain…

Peak-a-boo Lake Recon Mission

Earlier this year my cousin Tom and I attempted a Snowshoe Trip to Peak-a-boo Lake in Darrington, Wa. Unfortunately, the snow just got too deep and we had to turn back. Nothing bothers me more than a failed mission, so this last weekend I drug my husband and dog with me to finally finish what…

Greider Lakes

I much prefer to write about an adventure freshly after it was had. Most of our adventures are, but in this case I am just anxious to tell you about this place. Facebook memories reminded me that this time last year was when my cousin Tom and I had set out on our great hunt…

Forgotten Creek Natural Area

Everett, Wa has become quite developed over the years and where there was once thriving forests and babbling brooks there now stands a sort of concrete jungle. However, if you look hard enough one can find little gems such as the Forgotten Creek Natural Area. A place that gives respite from the hustle and bustle…

Red Mountain Lookout

The hike to Red Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area of Washington is one that will bring you back in time. It’s one of the most remote areas of the state. The trail is swarmed with ancient old growth along with several culturally modified trees from early Native American inhabitants. Being there was…

Abandoned Dearinger Campground

William C. Dearinger State Forest Campground is a mouthful to say, so most just call it Dearinger Campground. William was an employee with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources with a passion for preserving the natural state of the area. In 1981, after his death, the land along the Suiattle River was dedicated in…

Deadwater Slough

With a name like Deadwater Slough one must wonder if somewhere in history there lies a story. I did some research and encountered trouble finding its origins, but what did surface was an account of the Tragedy at Deadwater Slough. It was the winter of 1917 and temperatures were nearing freezing. Somewhere around 1:30 a.m….

Fort Ebey State Park

Fort Ebey State Park is an all day experience with 25 miles of walking and biking trails. Our first stop upon entering the park was the gun battery, a coastal defense fort built into a bluff overlooking Admiralty Point on Whidbey Island during World War II. It never saw any real action, but it certainly…

Lookout Tree Trail

I am inclined to tell you that this is an easy hike down to Lookout Tree, but it is a 200ft drop taking you through 1/4 mile of not very well trodden wilderness. So, yes it is short, but you will be feeling the calf burn on the way back up. The hike used to…

Beaver Lake Trail

It sure was a beautiful, hot Spring day as my husband and I made our way to Beaver Lake just outside of Darrington, Wa. A 4.2 mile roundtrip trek with 100 feet in elevation gain. We took our time to really explore as this is one we’ve done a few times already. In 1926 a…

Jennings Memorial Park

Welcome to one of the most impressive gardens in Snohomish County. A vibrant and beating heart amidst the oasis that we know as Jennings Park In Marysville, Wa. There is something for everyone here, but let us first discuss the plant life! The Master Gardner Demonstration garden (that’s a mouthful!) is volunteer ran and absolutely…

Squire Creek Trail

Just a few minutes from the town of Darrington is the trailhead to Squire Creek. There was a recent washout before the actual trailhead, but park your car at the road closure and you’re not far off. Just mind the drop off. This hike is 8.5 miles roundtrip with a 2,566 foot elevation gain. Some…

Portage Creek Wildlife Reserve

No modern day frills here. Just wild! Portage Creek Wildlife Reserve in Arlington, Wa is a 157 acre nature conserve hiding in an area you just wouldn’t suspect. There is very little signage and minimal evidence of any maintenance. The unkept look actually had a pleasantly inviting appeal. amzn_assoc_placement = “adunit0”; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “pnwadventur0b-20”; amzn_assoc_ad_mode…

The Ancient Lakes

While backpacking to Dusty Lake, in the Quincy Lakes area of Eastern Washington, we stumbled through the Ancient Lakes. The trail is just a couple miles with little elevation gain, and great intrigue! The geology is absolutely fascinating. The path takes you through a beautiful example of a dual recessional-cataract canyon, glassy lakes, tall sage…

Doleshel Park

I must admit it- sometimes I am afraid that many parks will be the same and my adventures will just end up being the same stories over and over again. This really has not been true. Each destination has been unique and exciting to discover. Doleshel Park in Marysville, Wa is a great example of…

Mother Nature’s Window

((((UPDATE: THIS PARK IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Future plans for reopening are in the works. Stay tuned! )))) Mother Nature’s Window is perfectly named. The trail to get there is unmarked and very faint, much like passing through a little window and entering into an ancient world. Sunlight dappled through the old growth…

River Meadows County Park

It was such a beautiful Spring day where the clouds parted and the sun told the flowers that they could come out and play. The drive into River Meadow County Park is just gorgeous this time of year. You wind down a lush hillside and through spacious grassland before reaching the parking lot. The 150…

Backpack to Dusty Lake

On the trip over Snoqualmie Pass toward Eastern Washington you begin to see the changing of the landscape. The greens begin to quiet. In fact, all the colors seem to grow silent with a sort of golden hue. What speaks loudly, however, is the contrasting texture of the desert geology. Our destination was Dusty Lake…

East Sauk River Bar Trail

Wow, just wow! Exploring this section of the Sauk River is an experience that will stay with you and keep you longing to come back. There is just so much beauty to take in and it calls to you from every which direction. Getting there isn’t too difficult either. You follow the Old Growth Reserve…

Saddle Rock Trail, Wenatchee

Saddle Rock is well worth the climb as the views from its summit are pure perfection. It captures the entire essence of what Wenatchee, Wa is all about. If this city is your destination, then this hike is an absolute must! The jaunt up is gradual enough, but it gets steeper as you go. You…

Old Growth Reserve Trail

Photo credit Charlie Duncan Photography The Old Growth Reserve Trail is located in an area outside of Darrington called Sauk Prairie. Once Home to the Sauk Suiattle Tribe. To experience this hidden treasure is like traveling to a mythical land. The greenery is like no other. First you will barely fit your vehicle off the…

Lake Tye Park

Lake Tye is one of those places I hate to like. It was completely man made while homes were built in tight rows beside it. It’s not really my perfect scenario for getting out in nature, but there is just something about it that keeps me coming back. The park itself is 64 acres while…

Eagle Ridge Park

Eagle Ridge Park in Lake Stevens, Wa is not your typical park with playground equipment and built in barbecues. Rather it is a playground for the imagination. No play equipment, just nature. I took my niece there today and we had the whole place to ourselves. The park grounds is shared with the Lake Stevens…

Ebey Waterfront Trail

Here I am, again, poking around in the Ebey Slough. I have stood on mountain peaks and hiked to remote areas of the great PNW, but there is always this pull in my heart that brings me to the Slough. This swampy, mucky paradise is part of an almost 2,000 square mile watershed of the…

The Eagle Trail

You know when you have found something totally cool and you are absolutely content with this place or thing exactly as it is, but then you find out it has way more features than you initially realized? That is how I feel about Haller Park. I was there recently (you might have already seen the…

Haller Park

Haller Park is named after the town that we now know as Arlington, Wa. It’s a 2.5 acre park that serves as an epicenter for all sorts of recreation in the area. Some amenities I noted while visiting are: Ample playground equipment Plumbed restrooms Covered picnic area Swinging benches that overlook the river Boat launch…

Northpointe Workout Park and Trail

We began our journey today at the Northpointe Workout Park in South Marysville, Wa. My niece and I worked up an appetite with a quick exercise circuit to test out the equipment before our picnic. Some of the equipment was just too grownup sized for her, but overall we found the park to be a…