Great Falls

Location: Great Falls National Park in McLean, Virginia. Ancestral home to the Patawomeck, Tutelo, Saponi, Shawnee, Ohio Valley tribes & likely more. Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 4ish miles/less than 200 feet Type: loop Permit: $10 park fee I just had to see Great Falls before I left town and I went literally hours before I […]

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Warrior Point

Location: Sauvie Island, Oregon. Originally known as Wappatoo Island. The ancestral home to the Multnomah Indians of the Chinook Tribe. Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 7 miles/0ish elevation gain Type: out-and-back Permit: Fish & Wildlife permit. You can get a day pass or year round one at the Cracker Barrel store. I love Sauvie Island. It […]

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Eagle Rock

Location: Warner Springs, California Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 6.6 miles/900ish ft. Type: out-and-back Permit: n/a There are so many things I loved about this trail. 1) It feels good hiking in/around San Diego. It’s adding so much dimension to the place I grew up in. Being a tourist in your hometown can be a good […]

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Saddle Mountain

Location: near Seaside, Oregon Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 5.2 miles/1600 ft Type: out-and-back Permit: n/a One maaaaajorly notable thing: TRAFFIC. I left Portland at 8am, and the traffic was stop-and-go there and back for many miles. I think I spent about 4.5 hours in the car round trip. If you’re in or around Portland, it’s […]

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Johnston Ridge Observatory

Location: Johnston Ridge Observatory, Mount St. Helens, Washington Permit: Johnston Ridge Observatory entry fee ($8). One free entry with NW Forest Pass Option 1 to viewpoint Level: easy Beginner Level: doable Round trip/Gain: 3.8 miles/400ft Type: round trip Option 2 to Harry’s Ridge Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 8 miles/1000ft Type: round trip That first view […]

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Enchanted Valley Trail to Pony Bridge

Location: Quinault, Olympic National Park, Washington Level: easy / Beginner Level: challenging Round trip/Gain: 5 miles/500ft Type: round trip Permit: Olympic National Park entrance fee or America the Beautiful pass I guess all trails in ONP are big backpacking trails and I’m super bummed that another summer has gone by where I couldn’t get my […]

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Ozette Triangle / Cape Alava Loop

Location: Olympic National Park, Washington Level: Moderate Round trip/Gain: 9.2 miles/100ft Type: Loop Permit: Olympic National Park entrance fee or America the Beautiful pass This trail is so cool! It’s a perfect triangle 3x3x3 (& some change) miles. 6 miles of boardwalk trail through forest and meadows and a sandy, rocky ocean-side stretch. It’s mostly flat, […]

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Hoh River Trail (& Hall of Mosses)

Location: Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington Level: easy / Beginner Level: challenging Round trip/Gain: 5.8 miles/300-ish ft Type: round trip Permit: Olympic National Park entrance fee or America the Beautiful pass Brie and I arrived after about four hours of sleep and four hours of driving. I know how popular this place is and […]

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