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…

White Chuck Boat Launch

Launch your boats, cast your lines, skip some rocks or go for a nature walk at the White Chuck boat launch. I spent the day here combing the beach and hiking the fishing trail that hugs the riverside. This is a scenic spot where the White Chuck River and the Sauk River join forces. The…

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…

Buck Creek Campground

Buck Creek Campground is way out on the Suiattle River Road outside of Darrington, WA. It’s one of the more rustic campgrounds I’ve seen. If you like the conveniences of a reserved camping spot and access to at least a vault toilet, but want to be in the thick of nature, then you are in…

Backman County Park

Backman County Park in Darrington, WA is your best bet for getting your watercraft launched onto the blue waters of the Sauk River if you’re coming from the Mountain Loop Highway. There’s a decent amount of parking and a single honey bucket on site, but not much else. Just easy access to one of the…

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…

Forest Trail Park

Located in the fancy pants neighborhood of Gleneagle Estates in Arlington, Wa is Forest Trail Park. I had high expectations for this park due to its distinguished location, but found myself a little underwhelmed. There is off-street parking, a basketball hoop, small playground and a “forest trail” that ends abruptly at the saddle of a…

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….

Dot City Park

I have lived in this town for several years now and hadn’t ever stopped at Dot City Park. Even though I drive by it often I’m sure glad I did, as I really could see the work that has gone into this little pocket park in Darrington, Wa. Dorothy “Dot” Larson had donated the land…

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…

O.K. Mill Swimming Hole

Over the river and through the woods to our grandmother’s house we used to go. Literally! She lived way out in Machias, Wa and we would pass over the O.K. Mill bridge to get there every time. A landmark that helps me find my way back to my childhood. I spent the first day of…

Camping on the White Chuck River

For Father’s Day weekend I wanted to take my husband somewhere relaxing and we ended up on the banks of the White Chuck River outside of Darrington, Wa. There are several free campsites in the area with great river access. Ours was just perfect! It was secluded with sandy patches to pitch our tent on…

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…

Depot Park

Depot Park in Everett, Wa is a labor of love. Back in 1997 a group of volunteers called Friends of the Olde Everett Station and the BNSF Railroad joined forces in transforming this small strip of abandoned land into a beautiful gathering place for the community. Sitting just South of the former Train station. Once…

Maggie’s Park

This is quite possibly the tiniest park I have ever laid eyes on! Maggie’s Park in Everett, Wa is just .15 acres and consists of a single picnic bench and a lone tree. It does, however, have decent views of Puget Sound with the BNSF railway in the foreground. //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=pnwadventur0b-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B01DFDBXZ4&asins=B01DFDBXZ4&linkId=8f29555c3167bcc44d25bcb3ffb919d5&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffffAfter some research I discovered that…

Tour the Lake Part 3 (North Cove Park)

This tour around Lake Stevens began in a clockwise motion with long ago happenings at Lundeen Park and unusual history from North Lakeshore Swimming Beach. Today, we are visiting North Cove Park on the banks of Lake Stevens in Lake Stevens, Wa. This spot right here is what put this town on the map. Like…

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…

Rhodes River Ranch

Do you want to impress your friends? Well, here’s my secret spot that will charm almost anyone. Rhodes River Ranch is nestled among the foothills of the North Cascades in the quaint little town of Oso, Wa. Your first impression upon driving up are acres of white fenced horse pasture, meticulous landscaping and a mountainous…

Lowell Park & Neighborhood History

Lowell Park was established in the 1960’s when the neighborhood known as the town of Lowell was annexed by Everett, Wa. This once booming little town dates back to 1863. Nearly 30 years senior to the city of Everett. There were three major companies that kept this community thriving. They were Everett Pulp and Paper…

Foothills Park

I enjoy collecting adventures the same way some collect Star Wars figurines or old coins. Currently, I am after every Marysville, Wa park I can find. Today, I bagged Foothills Park in South Marysville. Just as predicted, it was beautiful and so well cared for. There isn’t really a parking lot for this park, and…

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….

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…

Hoover Fishing Hole

What a beautiful drive as you head down to the old Hoover Fishing Hole in Snohomish, Wa. Named after long time residents Oscar and Fay Hoover. You will pass by acres of fertile farmland before veering Off into the parking area that once served as a boat launch into the broad and powerful Snohomish River….

Squire Creek Park & Campground

I had an impromptu day off today and invited a new friend out to see The Old Growth Reserve Trail. On my way home I decided to stop and explore the Squire Creek Park and It’s campground since I had only ever really driven through it. I am really glad to have stopped. Since it…

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…

White Chuck Overlook

Sometimes you just have to do mundane things in creative ways. After work this particular evening my husband and I rushed home to pull a picnic dinner together and we set off to find a dining spot out in nature. Dinner at home just wasn’t going to cut it. We ended up going to the…

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…