Echo Ridge Mountain Biking

About 30 minutes from the town of Chelan, Washington is a Nordic ski area called Echo Ridge. During the summer months, the ski area becomes a great place to mountain bike or hike. The higher elevation ridge provides some relief from the hot summer temperatures of Lake Chelan. The 30 miles of mountain bike trails have views of wildflowers, Lake Chelan, and the Columbia River … Continue reading Echo Ridge Mountain Biking

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

Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens

Click here to see my previous post about some of the things to do as you drive out to the Johnston Ridge Observatory.Β  The Johnston Ridge Observatory sits just five miles away from the base of Mount St. Helens. This is a fee area, so plan to bring your wallet or your National Park Pass. The observatory has amazing views of the mountain and the … Continue reading Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens

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

Winter in the Methow Valley

I’ve been visiting the Methow Valley for a few years now, but this was my first winter trip. When planning the trip a year ago, we decided that this would be our time to try Nordic or skate skiing. Β After all, the Methow Valley has over 120 miles of trails. Maybe it was the fact that we were so excited about our new snowshoes, but … Continue reading Winter in the Methow Valley