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Hike of the Month: Beckler Peak

Hike of the Month: Beckler Peak






Beckler Peak Hike A relatively new hike, Beckler Peak is absolutely stunning and much less busy than other trails in the surrounding area. You are provided with incredible views for a moderate amount of work, and a manageable distance. The trail to Beckler Peak is […]

Hike of the Month: Lake Serene

Hike of the Month: Lake Serene






Lake Serene Hike This is not a hike I would recommend to someone for whom solitude is important. However, it is beautiful and worth the trip if you can venture out midweek and are ok with encountering quite a few other hikers on the way. […]

Hike of the Month: Greider Lakes

Hike of the Month: Greider Lakes






Greider Lakes Hike I love this hike for its relative solitude. The hike itself is nice, though not stunning. And in an area full of overcrowded trails, some forest-centered quiet and privacy is incredibly valuable. This is a great early-season hike to explore when most other hikes […]

Trail Etiquette

Trail Etiquette






Over the last five years or so, there has been huge influx of people on trails in Western Washington. The population in the Seattle area is rapidly increasing, and along with it comes a loss of solitude on popular trails nearby. Generally speaking, I’m not […]

Vegan Backpacking Foods

Vegan Backpacking Foods






Backpacking season is rapidly approaching, and I’m itching to get out into the woods. Now that I have transitioned almost completely to a whole food plant-based diet, I thought it was about time that I put together a list of my favorite vegan backpacking foods.

Hike of the Month: Mount Dickerman

Hike of the Month: Mount Dickerman






Mount Dickerman Hike This hike is another leg-burner. And an unbelievably rewarding one. When I set out from home on the day of this hike, I intended to take the trail up to Mount Forgotten Meadows. However, the head of the trail had moved to […]

Hike of the Month: Blanca Lake

Hike of the Month: Blanca Lake






Blanca Lake Hike Blanca Lake is absolutely stunning. And the view is made all the more rewarding by the effort required to get here. The total round-trip distance to Blanca Lake and back is 7.5 miles. Climbing almost 3000 feet in just under three miles, […]

Hike of the Month: Mason Lake and Mount Defiance

Hike of the Month: Mason Lake and Mount Defiance






Mason Lake and Mount Defiance Hike For this venture into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, I strongly suggest making it an overnight trip – two if you can swing it. The hike is certainly doable in one day, but the trail up to the top of […]

Turkey and Avocado Collard Wraps

Turkey and Avocado Collard Wraps






These wraps are by far my favorite lunch for a day-hike. They are simple, easy to put together, aren’t too messy, and give me my veggie fix out on the trail. The wraps also make a great lunch on a full day of work or […]

Hike of the Month: Denny Creek Trail

Hike of the Month: Denny Creek Trail






Denny Creek and Melakwa Lake Hike Denny Creek Trail to Melakwa Lake is a really amazing hike. It can get busy, but the trail is long enough that it absorbs people pretty well. I went on a beautiful 80 degree Friday and the parking lot […]