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…

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…

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…

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…

Miller’s Pond and the O.K. Mill

This has certainly been my most difficult research project yet, but one dear to my heart. My grandparents lived out on a homestead just a few miles away and us grandkids found lots of adventure around Miller’s Pond. The pond was once an alive and thriving community in the early 1900s and now you wouldn’t…

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…

Sauk-Suiattle Conservation Area

Not too long ago this land was rededicated to the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe for creating a healthy, productive salmon habitat along the Sauk River. I went to check up on the progress today and I couldn’t have picked a more beautiful morning. My pup, Angel, thought so too. There was still a good amount of snow…

Snowshoeing at Swede Heaven (Whitehorse Tr)

This morning I awoke to yet another blanket of fluffy snow in the neighborhood. My car was stuck in the driveway and I just had to get out. Cabin fever was setting in so I strapped my snowshoes to my back, grabbed some hiking poles and hiked out to the Swede Heaven Trailhead on the…

The Old Cloverdale Farm – Whitehorse Trail

The Whitehorse Trail spans 27 miles from Arlington to Darrington, Wa. Connecting from the Centennial trail and following the North Fork Stillaguamish River upstream along an old BNSF railroad grade. The line was originally laid in 1901 and served several mill and mining operations along the way. This afternoon I thought I would make a…

Boulder River (Falls) Trail

Here’s a hike that is just a few minutes from my house and really has quite a bit to offer. This brisk and beautiful Saturday morning I decided to take a solo trip up the Boulder River trail. It’s an 8.6 Mile round trip hike with 700 gradual feet in elevation gain, but you can…

Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve

The late Bob Heirman has been a local hero of mine since I first met him in the 9th grade. He came to my school to talk about his book Snohomish My Beloved County: an Anglers Anthology. His passion for hiking, fishing and trains struck a cord in my soul. I had to see everything…

Big Four Ice Caves – Winter Hike

The Big Four Ice Caves is a popular well trafficked hiking trail in the summer, but during the winter months the hike is less traveled and becomes a winter wonderland. During the winter months the Mountain Loop Highway is closed not far passed Verlot.  You can park at the gate and walk in along the…

Big Four Ice Caves – Winter Hike

The Big Four Ice Caves is a popular well trafficked hiking trail in the summer, but during the winter months the hike is less traveled and becomes a winter wonderland. During the winter months the Mountain Loop Highway is closed not far passed Verlot.  You can park at the gate and walk in along the…