Escape to the Sun: Five Great Northwest Rainshadow Hikes

Fair weather hikers rejoice! You don’t need to hang up your hiking boots during the rainy season thanks to our rainshadows. What’s a rainshadow? It’s an effect caused by mountains capturing rain clouds on their windward slopes; then wringing them out leaving the leeward slopes dry. It can be quite dramatic like on the Olympic […]


Three Western Washington Wilderness Hikes you can do throughout the Winter

This week’s early season snowfall across much of Western Washington sure seems to support most predictions that we are in for a real winter this year. You may have grown a little spoiled after some of our recent past winters with their mild temps and low snowfalls. If you’re a seasoned hiker who has spent […]


Classic Hike Threatened with Clear-cut and Trail Closure

Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls perched within the craggy forbidden spires of Mount Index is a hike beloved by thousands of recreationists—and it’s one of my and the late Harvey Manning and Ira Springs 100 Classic Hikes in Washington. What many hikers don’t realize however is that the beginning of this hike is on […]