One of the undeniable benefits of living in the fertile and lush region of the Pacific Northwest is being within a day’s drive of some of the most breathtaking hikes in the world. While yes, we might be a little biased in this matter since Yesler calls Seattle home, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strap on your boots and go investigate for yourself. Even if you are not from around this area you should still make it a goal to travel to the upper left of the United States and explore these trails.
The idea of a bicycle trips seems like the ultimate getaway – hitting the open road, winding through forests and meadows, stopping to picnic near a lake. Picturesque yes, but what about all the planning? If you’re not an avid cyclist, preparing and planning for a bike trip might sound overwhelming – especially if biking around the city has you gasping for breath. Fear not, novice cyclists of the Northwest! This list brings you five low maintenance bike trips that you can take this weekend. None of them require much planning, though some are more strenuous than others. Pack a picnic, tune up the old bicycle, and saddle up.
The Pacific Northwest is a hiking Mecca – people who live here know that getting out to explore the great outdoors is part of our identity. Many of us northwest dwellers keep a pair of hiking boots by the door, ready to be donned at at the drop of a hat, whenever adventure may call.
With all the options available, it’s hard to know where to spend our precious summer days. That’s where this list comes in. It’s a bold statement, I realize, ‘The 10 Best Summer Hikes in the Northwest,’ but I’m comfortable with that. As a long-time Northwest resident and avid adventurer, I can tell you with confidence that these are best of the northwest’s summer offerings. They should be on your bucket list, whether you live here or not. They are iconic, or breathtaking, or both. They are not all achievable at the drop of a hat, but they are all achievable by the active, but not necessarily elite, hiker. Some might take planning for future summers, some might take planning for future weekends. Most of them are not for kids, or dogs, and none of them are particularly easy – but when you are in the PNW, it’s likely you’re not that into easy anyway.
For some people, winter is a dead zone that is more likely to be endured than enjoyed. But there’s another word that begins with the letter “e” that offers much more promise than even enjoy: escape. Included here, for your consideration are seven winter escapes that would provide memories satisfying enough to propel you through the dark days of three more winters to come.
Before Cheryl Strayed hiked and wrote her memoir about the Pacific Crest Trail, and before National Geographic rated this one of The 20 Worlds most Epic Hikes, hundreds of hikers have annually traversed the 2,650 miles of trails, spanning from the US/Mexico border on one end, to the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia.
It’s not the easiest of hikes and it’s not uncommon for preparation to take just as long as the average thru-hike (5 months) if not longer. The endeavor is worth it, as hikers are rewarded with a journey through stunning vistas in unspoiled backcountry and some of the country’s most spectacular wilderness ranges. You’ll be accompanied by vivid terrains from some of the highest mountain passes in the west to the hottest desert in the US, cutting through 57 major mountain passes, 19 major canyons and past more than 1,000 lakes.