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

Dosewallips State Park

Located near Brinnon, Washington on the Hood Canal, Dosewallips State Park has lots of options for marine related activities. The Dosewallips River runs through the park, and there is a large stretch of Hood Canal beach. To access the beach, take the road that is just north of the Dosewallips River. You drive past a field and there is a parking lot. You walk through … Continue reading Dosewallips State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment is located on the very southwestern tip of Washington State, and is just north of the mouth of the Columbia River. It’s one of the foggiest places in the U.S., but luckily I visited the park on a clear sunny day.  This area was visited by early European explorers and the military used the land to protect the Columbia River from threats during the … Continue reading Cape Disappointment State Park

Fort Casey State Park

As one of the members of the “triangle of fire” (the other two are Fort Worden and Fort Flager), Fort Casey was strategically placed on Whidbey Island to help protect the inner Puget Sound. Fort Casey State Park is a huge area with a conference center, pool, bunkers and batteries to explore, a light house to tour, and lots of walking trails. It’s a great … Continue reading Fort Casey 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

Birch Bay State Park

Birch Bay State Park is located on the southern part of Birch Bay. The community of Birch Bay is small, welcoming, and definitely a great little get-away spot. The state park easy to find with accessible beach access. There are many options for a day-use activities with many picnic tables along the beach, two shelters, a basketball court, and miles of hiking trails. The camping … Continue reading Birch Bay State Park

Spencer Spit State Park

Located on Lopez Island, Spencer Spit State Park is a great option for those that want to car camp on the San Juan Islands. There are many drive up tent sites, some walk-in beach sites for those arriving on the Cascadia Marine Trail. The campsites are wooded with plenty of shade. This is a popular campground, so make sure you reserve the campsite in advance. … Continue reading Spencer Spit State Park

Lake Crescent

The beautiful Lake Crescent is about 18 miles west of Port Angeles within the Olympic National Park. This pristine lake was created from landslide around 7,000 years ago. There are many recreational activities at Lake Crescent. You can choose from many hikes (including a lakeside trail), camping, boating, or enjoy a paddle on a kayak or canoe. The Lake Crescent lodge has boat rentals (check their … Continue reading Lake Crescent

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.  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