North Cascades

Q: Peak Wildflowers at Mt. Rainier National Park?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: I am trying to decide between Ohanapecosh and Cougar Rock campgrounds for a reservation this summer.  I would like to be able to go view wildflowers towards the end of July. Is Paradise or Sunrise better for that and based on that which campground would you suggest? – Mary S. Dear Mary, At […]

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GO: Carbon River Rain Forest at Mt. Rainier

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This guest post is by Kim Brown, photographer and naturalist. See more of her great finds at exploringpacnw.net. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

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Quick Escape: See the Skagit Bald Eagles

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Have you been up to see the eagles? One of the very first day trips I made after moving to Seattle was up to the Skagit River in January to see the eagles. I’d relocated from Wisconsin, a state where small flocks of bald eagles commonly gathered along fish-bearing rivers in winter. So off I […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Icicle Creek Canyon

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No reservations? No problem. Get our FREE GUIDE to Last-Minute Camping in the Pacific Northwest. The Icicle Creek Canyon may be a tad far away to be Seattle’s outdoor playground (five to six hours of drive time, round-trip) but for many Central Puget Sound hikers and rock climbers, it is anyway. Simply put, it’s totally worth […]

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Q: Where to Camp at Mt. Rainier?

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No reservations? No problem. Get our FREE GUIDE to Last-Minute Camping in the Pacific Northwest. Dear TripFinder, Q: I want to plan a family trip to Mt. Rainier National Park in August. Which Mt. Rainier campground would be best as a base camp for a family visiting the Paradise area for hiking? How essential are campground […]

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Quick Escape: Nordic Ski Trip to Lake Wenatchee

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Wondering where to go for fun in the snow? I happen to love cross-country skiing, and prefer to make a weekend trip around it when I can. We live in Seattle and if we have more than a short weekend for a getaway, we’ll head to the Methow Valley, a Nordic skier’s paradise.  Much closer […]

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Quick Escape: Cross-Country Skiing in the Methow Valley

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When you long to escape the mist and the moss of the west side for a real winter wonderland, go east. The Methow Valley stretches like a slender finger into the heart of the North Cascades. Snow-capped peaks surround the valley, making for a postcard-perfect backdrop. Rolling hills and quiet pastures flank the winding Methow […]

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Q: Best Hike in North Cascades National Park?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Help! What one hike should we do in North Cascades National Park? – Brian  Schmidt, @BWandering Dear Brian, If I had only one day to hike in North Cascades National Park, I’d make it count. Cascade Pass to Sahale Arm is considered by many to be the most spectacular day hike in Washington […]

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Stay & Play: Mount Baker

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There are two kinds of Northwesterners – those who know about the awesomeness of Mount Baker, and those who don’t (yet). I’m about to put you in the first camp, and once you visit Baker for the first time you will go back, again and again. The Mount Baker Highway (Hwy 542) is a spur route that […]

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Almost Alone at Lake Wenatchee

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This past weekend, we drove across the crest to see some Cascadian beauty. Just a few miles off Highway 2 east of Stevens Pass, you get out of your car and while standing in the parking lot, you see this. Of course in the summertime, this scene looks very different. Think bathing suits and pedal […]

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