Skyline Trail: Mt. Rainier National Park
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Arguably the state’s most iconic peak, Mt. Rainier’s 14,410-foot summit can be spotted from cities across western Washington. The peak is known as Tacoma or Tahoma to indigenous tribes, meaning ’snowy mountain peak.’ Although it hasn’t had a major eruption … Read More

Mt. St. Helens: Harry’s Ridge
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Mt. St. Helens was a bit of a haul from our place in Snohomish – three hours with no one on the road, and just over four at any time of day other than the hours between midnight and 5 … Read More

Hop Hunters: Central Washington
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Being a couple of IPA enthusiasts, I’m not sure we could have spent two months in Central Washington without making a trip over to hop country. Luckily, Yakima was just a couple hours from our place in Leavenworth. The Yakima … Read More

Lake Wenatchee State Park
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Hey everyone! It’s Sanchez. I’m hijacking this post from my mom. Don’t get me wrong – she’s okay at this writing thing, but Lake Wenatchee was my absolute favorite place in Leavenworth. I want to make sure it gets the … Read More

Dirtyface Lookout
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Dirtyface Mountain is a prominent, 6,200-foot summit that sits beside Lake Wenatchee’s northwestern shore. Since arriving in Leavenworth back in March, we’ve taken Sanchez to the lake at least two or three afternoons a week. With the park absolutely devoid … Read More

Hex Mountain
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Hex Mountain is a 5,034’ peak just outside the small town of Cle Elum. It sits along the eastern shore of Cle Elum Lake with an easily-accessible trailhead just off Salmon La Sac Rd (WA-903). The 7-mile out-and-back follows a … Read More

Swakane Canyon
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About 30 minutes north of Wenatchee and less than an hour from Leavenworth, Swakane Canyon sits just across the Columbia River from Lincoln Rock State Park. Swakane Canyon seems to be a pretty lightly-trafficked area, which drove our decision when … Read More

Yakima Valley: Horse Heaven Hills
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Established in 2005 as a federally-recognized viticultural area, Horse Heaven Hills is a sizeable growing area bounded on the north by the Yakima Valley, and on the south by the Columbia River. With the river’s moderating effect on the area’s … Read More

Canyon Crest to Boundary Butte
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For the first time in the six weeks we’ve been in Leavenworth, we finally picked out a hike that was right here in town. I don’t know why it took me so long to stumble across this trail, seeing as … Read More

Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park
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When Stephan and I picked Washington state for our next temporary home, the alpine trails of the Cascade Mountains were the driving force behind that decision. However, having moved to the area in early spring of a record-setting snow year, … Read More

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