REI

August 2012

Hiking in the Goat Rocks: Snowgrass Flats – Goat Lake Loop

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Have you heard the rumors that the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Southwest Washington is a popular spot for hiking? Believe them. And boy, are there reasons a-plenty! This loop is a classic hike of intense beauty and grandeur. Snowgrass Flat – Goat Lake Loop is 13-miles round trip and climbs a total of 1900 feet in elevation – […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Dash Point State Park

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Dash Point State Park sits on Puget Sound just northeast of Browns Point, Commencement Bay and downtown Tacoma. It’s a great recreational destination on its own, and particularly popular with kite flyers and swimmers. It’s also a nice spot to launch a kayak and explore the shoreline to the north and to the south. There’s a jetty […]

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Explore Saltwater State Park on Puget Sound

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Where is the closest public campground from downtown Seattle? I’d have to pull out a map to know for sure, but I’ll bet it is Saltwater State Park, a Puget Sound waterfront and forested oasis exactly half-way between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma. In fact, this park marked a symbolic turning point in the […]

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DAY TRIP: Hiking in Paradise at Mount Rainier

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Do you hear that mountain that is calling your name? It’s the most recognizable icon of Washington state’s landscape. It has three of our state’s best campgrounds and two outstanding historic lodges to sleep in. And whether you experience Mount Rainier National Park from a car, a wheelchair, a stroller or your hiking boots, it’ll […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Beverly Beach State Park

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Just to the north of Newport is a fantastic but popular camping destination, Beverly Beach State Park. You’ll camp in some lovely woods on the east side of Highway 101, but only a short distance away through a tunnel is a stretch of beach that offers miles of roaming and beachcombing. Just to the north is […]

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GO: Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

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If ever you have needed a heavy dose of scenery, this place will deliver. It’s one of the Oregon Coast’s top attractions for a number of reasons, and its rugged, beautiful scenery tops the list. The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is over 2700 acres in size and sits just two miles south of the awesome […]

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CAMP: Takhlakh Lake Campground, Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Mount Adams

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The first thing you’ll want to know is how to pronounce it: TOCK-lock. Next, you’ll want to know that Mt. Adams will loom so closely above your lakefront campsite that you’ll want to reach out and touch it. No motors are permitted here, just canoes and kayaks and tranquility. That’s why the few miles of washboard […]

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CAMP: Kalaloch Campground, Olympic National Park

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The National Park Lodge of the same name, sweet as it is, will set you back a wad of cash. Just up the coast Highway 101, though, is Kalaloch Campground, set on a spectacular bluff overlooking the ocean. It’s nestled atop one of the most accessible stretches of Olympic National Park’s 73 miles of wild coastline. Some […]

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CAMP: Ida Creek Campground near Leavenworth

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Details: 10 sites, $14 a night. RVs to 30 feet Water and vault toilets. No reservations; campsites are first-come, first-serve. Campground info. The Icicle River canyon just east of Leavenworth is one of the most beautiful areas of Washington state, and so naturally it’s a magnet for hikers and rock climbers all summer long. It’s on the confluence […]

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CAMP: Nason Creek Campground near Lake Wenatchee

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Skip the crowds camping on top of each other at Lake Wenatchee State Park and opt for this nearby US Forest Service campground, complete with flush toilets and potable water. You can walk from here to Lake Wenatchee State Park if you want a shower, canoe rental, horseback ride or ice cream cone. We especially love the tent-only […]

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