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…

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…

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…

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…

Are you a jerk?

Here at PNW Adventure Sisters we cannot stress enough the importance of taking good care of our public lands and simply being a decent human being. Below is a quiz we created to help you identify if you are making good choices out there and to make sure that you are not being a jerk!…

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…

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…

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…

Little Mountain Park

All of Skagit Valley’s beauty is laid out below when you reach the summit of Little Mountain. The farmlands are like quilt squares and the Skagit River flows like a ribbon binding it all together. In late April and early March the valley floor is ablaze with bright color from the tulip blooms. If you’re…

Franklin Ghost Town

The thing I loved most about this hike is that it has a so many different branches and off shoots.  There is so much to see here.  Franklin was a sprawling mining town with a population that fluctuated greatly. The community began in the 1890s when the railroad arrived and several coal mines were established….

Japanese Gulch

The Japanese Gulch is located in Mukilteo, Washington and is a series of heavily wooded parks totaling 98 acres. The park has miles of trails for walking, running, or biking.  If you bring your dog, make sure you keep it on a leash. While visiting we spotted a coyote on the trail. The Mukilteo Community…