Deschutes Falls Park

After being closed for 25 years, Deschutes Falls Park is open again and it’s a beauty. The park was used as a campground from the 1940’s to 1980’s, and Thurston County purchased the land and it’s been closed since the 1990’s. The park is easy to find off google maps (the address is 25005 Bald Hill Rd SE, Yelm, WA 98597), and there are county … Continue reading Deschutes Falls Park

Tolmie State Park

Last Thursday, we have one last glorious 80 degree day. To send summer off, I headed over to Tolmie State Park. I’m slowly trying to check out things to do in the South Sound. Tolmie State Park is located just northeast of Olympia. It’s a marine park with a nice stretch of calm beach to explore. There are 3 miles of hiking trails in a … Continue reading Tolmie State Park

Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail

Ebey’s Landing is a National Historic Reserve (the first one in the Unite States) that has a beautiful hike along the bluff overlooking the Puget Sound. To access the Bluff Trail. you can park near the cemetery and walk through the prairie. This route will allow you to see the historic homestead of Jacob and Sarah Ebey. If you are short on time, you can … Continue reading Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail

Glacier Basin Hike

The Glacier Basin Trail is located within the White River Campground at the Sunrise entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. At one point, the trail was an old mining road, and it is pretty wide at times. Along the trail, there are many beautiful waterfalls and it was full of wildflowers. The trail gradually inclines up to the Glacier Basin Camp and just past the … Continue reading Glacier Basin Hike

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was the most disastrous volcanic eruption in U.S. History. Fifty-seven people lost their lives, hundreds of homes were destroyed, bridges were moved, and miles of railway and highway were torn up. Ash blew all over the Pacific Northwest and as far as the Mideast. The MSH Natonal Volcanic Monument opened two years after the eruption for research, recreation, … Continue reading Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Tolmie Peak Lookout Hike

The Tolmie Peak fire lookout was built in 1933 during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The lookout sits on the top of Tolmie Peak with amazing views of Mount Rainier, Eunice Lake., and the surrounding areas. The trail is located in the Carbon River Entrance of the Mount Rainier National Park. Take the gravel road toward Mowich Lake and the trail head … Continue reading Tolmie Peak Lookout Hike

Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

Located outside of Little Rock, Washington is a prairie of natural dome-like hills called Mima mounds. The origin of these mounds is still a bit of a mystery. Some speculate large gophers created these hills, others think they were formed from wind blown sentiments. Mima mounds are found in various states west of the Mississippi River. The Mima Mounds Natural Area in Thurston County is … Continue reading Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve