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70002 Squamish Valley Rd, Brackendale, BC V0N 1H0, Canada
An hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, just a little past Squamish, you’ll find the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it community of Brackendale. Hidden away down a bumpy logging road is one of my favourite places to get...
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Squamish, BC V0N 1T0, Canada
It may be a longer hike and a bit of a drive, but the Chief is 100 percent worth it: The trail offers unparalleled views of Howe Sound and the contiguous mountains of Garibaldi Provincial Park. The hike is well-marked and a suitable challenge for...
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Lummi Island, WA 98262, USA
On Lummi Island, about three hours from Seattle, you can bike miles of farm roads, search for an ancient Native American petroglyph on Sunset Beach, and take a “wild foraging-and-feasting” sea kayaking trip with Elakah Expeditions to prowl the...
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1303 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
On a summer day in Seattle, get out on the water. Rent a kayak from Agua Verde Paddle Club on Portage Bay; dodge the boat traffic, be a polite voyeur among the houseboats, dart under bridges...Afterwards, when you return the kayak, head...
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3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199, USA
Seattle's largest public park sits on a sea bluff that's high enough to pierce the city's infamous fog, revealing gorgeous views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Wander its 11 miles (18 km) of paths through forest groves, meadows...
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Marblemount, WA 98267, USA
Summer arrives somewhat late in the Pacific NW--but when sun finally parts the clouds in July, it's glorious. The "Mountain Loop Highway" running east from the town of Granite Falls into the central Cascades is the gateway to numerous hikers' and...
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Granite Falls, WA 98252, USA
The Big Four Ice Caves are located in the North Cascades, and can be reached via a one and a half hour drive northeast of Seattle. During the summer months, an easy forest hike in (little over a mile, on a well maintained path for all levels of...
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Wenatchee, WA 98807, USA
A challenging dayhike with a glacial-lake view at the end, and then Bratwurst-und-Bier for dinner: a perfect summer's day in Washington State's central Cascades! Take Icicle Creek Road from the town of Leavenworth to Eight Mile Road, then turn...
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3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA
Hiking along the Washington Coast can be an adventure. Hiking along the beach and through the rain forest is definitely an experience not to miss. Sea stacks pop out of the water along the coast, which is a site most beach hikes will not offer....
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Neah Bay, WA, USA
Cape Flattery is the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States. It is in Clallam County, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca joins the Pacific Ocean. It is also part of the Makah Reservation, and is...
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2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Located on the shores of Lake Washington, the 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum is a lesser-known Seattle gem. It features a large botanical garden, a Japanese garden, a fragrance garden, and a waterfront walking trail. There are bike trails,...
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Sucia Dr, Eastsound, WA 98245, USA
Outer Island Expeditions have many tours to choose from. After selecting the whale watching tour and kayaking tour for our Orcas Island weekend, we were set for adventure. During our whale watching tour, we skipped across the Puget Sound to see...
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Wenatchee, WA 98807, USA
Central WA is a beautiful place. It's where families are on camping trips and avid outdoors enthusiasts intersect. Blue Lake is a great place to stretch your legs from a long drive on Hwy 20. It is an easy 4.4 mile roundtrip hike in the shade --...
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Level 2 Fun..That explains the experience getting to 10,000 ft on Mount Rainier; it's rough getting there but when you're done you realize it was rewarding and totally fun! The morning was crystal clear but winds were blowing at 50 mph-down from...
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Paradise, WA 98361, USA
From Paradise Meadow, there are several short and easy hikes, even if you didn’t bring your hiking boots. The one-mile hike to Myrtle Falls is a gentle, paved slope that’s even wheelchair-accessible with assistance. Your reward is a stunning view,...
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Mt Adams, Washington, USA
If you're on a flight from the East Coast of the U.S. to Portland, Oregon, try to get a window seat on the right side of the plane. As you approach Portland, look out the window and you just might catch a glimpse of two of the Pacific Northwest's...
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15 San Juan Park Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, USA
For a day or a week, paddle in the brisk clear waters of the San Juan Islands and get close with Orca (killer) whales, porpoise, seals, marine birds...relaxing sunsets and intimate campgrounds. Ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, then paddling...
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554 Voice of America Rd W, Sequim, WA 98382, USA
The lush Olympic Penisula has the rainforest, vampire movie settings, Second Beach for camping and the Dungeness Spit. At 5.5 miles in length, the Dungeness Spit is the world's longest naturally occurring sandspit and makes a fabulous hike. Home...
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Yakima, WA, WA, USA
Start from either end of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and hike a couple miles in, seeing the desert geology take shape. Take the spur uphill marked by hand-painted signs to "the winery" and end up at Wilridge Vineyard Estate, make yourself at...
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12076 Sol Duc Hot Springs Rd., Port Angeles, WA 98363, USA
Tucked in the Olympic National Forest are the Sol Duc Hot Springs (not exactly a "resort"). Drive beyond them to the trailhead. From there you can hike as much as you like, but it's well worth it to at least take the very short hike to the...
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Mercer Slough, Bellevue, WA, USA
This nature preserve has everything. Kayaking down the slough is so peaceful and fun; it’s amazing how something so quiet can be happening in sight of downtown Bellevue. I also love running or walking on the trails and listening to the birds. Make...
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Marblemount, WA 98267, USA
With the trailhead located just about an hours drive from Seattle - this day hike to an alpine lake with Mt. Index towering above is a great reason to get out of the city. I put this hike in my totally worth it basket - in spite of the amount of...
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North Bend, WA 98045, USA
What does one do when they visit the green, gorgeous state of Washington? Go hiking of course. Since I was a newbie (and my hometown doesn’t exactly have mountains), a friend suggested I start with Rattlesnake. It’s about a 4 mile hike (up & back)...
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Perfection Lake, Washington 98826, USA
Recently, I obtained a hiking permit to experience one of the best hikes Washington has to offer. With alpine meadows and lakes, one cannot help but fall in love with the scenery. The only catch is hiking the elevation to get access to this...
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2358 W, US-101, Port Angeles, WA 98363, USA
Washington's Olympic Peninsula possesses the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer from alpine peaks to temperate rainforests and rugged coastline. Kayaking along the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a great way to explore the various coves along the...
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Located just inside the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the Ira Spring Trail to Mason Lake is a relatively short hike in terms of distance, about six miles out and back. The elevation gain is what gets you on this hike - in only three miles the trail...
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18113 Upper Hoh Rd, Forks, WA 98331, USA
Stunning and green in the summer...and a great place for hikes. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the only temperate rain forests in the country, and the largest in the Pacific northwest. The ancient rain forest was formed thousands of years ago by...
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Oregon, USA
If you have never had the opportunity to see Crater Lake in person, nothing can quite prepare you for the intense azul waters reflecting the sky. The deepest lake in the US, it is made up completely of collected water from melted snow and rain...
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325 Galice Rd, Merlin, OR 97532, USA
In the late 1800s, a band of gold miners cleared a trail deep into southwest Oregon’s Rogue River Canyon, along the charging river and through old-growth Douglas fir forest. This is the route you’ll hike during Rogue Wilderness Adventure’s...
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Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, OR 97112, USA
The Oregon Coast is always spectacular, but on warm, sunny days like this, there are not many better places to be. This photo is looking north from the top of the sand dunes at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. Climbing these dunes in a few minutes...
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The appropriately named Trail of Ten Falls is absolutely worth the 60-mile drive south of Portland. The loop features falls short, tall, wide, and small, white water streams and shallow pools galore. You'll feel like you're strolling through your...
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Terrebonne, OR 97760, USA
Even on a cold, gray day in winter, this state park is something to be celebrated. (The last time I was this impressed with a six-mile hike I was in the diverse and mind-blowing landscape known as the South Island of New Zealand.) Smith Rock State...
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133 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Portland by bike is Portland done right. Pedal Bike Tours has the gear, guides, and itineraries to give you a two-wheeled taste of this platinum-rated cycling city. PBT prides itself in offering a nicely maintained, easy-to-ride bike that's...
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US-101, North Bend, OR 97459, USA
This is a hike that, on a day when the weather is cooperating, is a transformative experience—it's just that beautiful. I lucked out when my arrival to the John Dellenback Dune Trailhead coincided with a break in the rain and clouds I'd seen all...
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Blue River, OR 97413, USA
A black, awe-inspiring lava landscape is the welcome mat to our trek into Oregon's iconic volcano reserve. The Three Sisters: Faith/North, Hope/Middle, and Charity/South are ringed by a trail network that includes a stretch on the infamous Pacific...
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Sandy River, Oregon, USA
This 35 mile loop ride will steal your heart. If you live in or are traveling through Portland, here's my suggested itinerary. Head out to the McMenamins Edgefield hotel property in Troutdale. Grab some serious coffee at their espresso bar in the...
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5 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Portland is frequently called America's biking city, but you're wondering where the best places are to try a casual urban cruise. Bicycle boulevards crisscross tree-lined neighborhoods dotted with cafes, vintage boutiques, craft breweries, and...
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Eagle Creek is a waterfall lover's paradise. Thirteen waterfalls are crammed into a six-mile stretch. I made the 12-mile roundtrip in November as part of a photography project I was working on. The trailhead is located very close to the Bonneville...
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Row River Trail, Oregon 97434, USA
On a recent road trip hiking and biking my way through Oregon, I fell hard for the entirely car-free, 17 miles of paved biking/walking trail just outside of Cottage Grove called the River Row Trail. Pine forests, roaring rivers, Dorena Lake—it was...
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531 SW 13th St, Bend, OR 97702, USA
During your visit to Bend, there's a high probability that you'll do the local 'float' through town on the river and end up with a cold, craft beer at the Deschutes Brewery. A classic must! If you're looking to do more than float, then head...
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McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR 97413, USA
A trip up to the Dee Wright is a required trek for all my guests who visit Oregon. If you want to experience the power and beauty of the planet, the Old McKenzie Highway delivers an eyeful. Starting in Ponderosa Pine forests and climbing to 5,300...
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Banks-Vernonia Trail, Vernonia, OR 97064, USA
An old railroad transformed into a smoothly paved multi-use path, Banks-Vernonia Trail is an essential Oregon experience for anyone with a love for biking. The trail winds its way through idyllic pastures, small farms, woodland groves, fern...
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Eagle Creek, OR, USA
L. Frank Baum could not have dreamed up a more magical adventure than Eagle Creek. The narrow trail follows a gentle incline along the titular creek, taking hikers along a narrow cliff edge, through forest and to the picturesque Punch Bowl Falls....
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U.S. 101, Brookings, OR 97415, USA
The perfect place for some dramatic, coastal hiking when you're on the Old US Highway 101 is Harris Beach State Park. After viewing Arch Rock, head south on the well marked Coastal Trail for an incredible out and back hike to the Natural Bridges...
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Short Sand Beach, Oregon 97102, USA
California is usually the state most associated with sun-drenched beaches. But in my opinion, the Oregon coastline trumps the Golden State in terms of sheer beauty. Located 10 miles south of the more popular Cannon Beach is Oswald West State Park,...
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Americas
This is not a hike for the inexperienced. It takes most people 8 to 10 hours round-trip and climbs 1400m over 5km one-way. It should only be attempted by reasonably fit people. The path begins on a long steep climb, and then flattens out at a...
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Jim Smith Lake, East Kootenay C, BC V1C, Canada
Jim Smith Lake is a nice little lake a short drive from downtown with a large grassy area to hang out on and a small sand (kind of) beach. The lake is quite small (perhaps 1 kilometer long and 1/2 kilometer wide) with a marshy area full of reeds...
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Birkenhead Lake, Squamish-Lillooet C, BC V0N 1L0, Canada
Birkenhead Provincial Park is located about 15 km down a fairly well-maintained forest service road north of Pemberton, British Columbia. The Park is about 90 minutes from Whistler and three hours from Vancouver. We went in June, early in the...
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Radium Hot Springs, BC, Canada
Only the serious hiker goes much beyond this four-wheel drive up to the Bugaboo maintain range in British Columbia. Pick up a local map at the tourist office in nearby Radium Hot Springs and pack your lunch and camera. After you leave the main...
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5315 Big White Rd, Kelowna, BC V1P 1P3, Canada
At the Big White Ski Resort there is more to do than ski and snowboard which is especially useful to know when you're not a skiing Canadian like myself. Instead of hitting the slopes there are snowshoe excursions, ice wall climbing, sledding with...
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3 Library Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 1H9, Canada
A well mapped-out trail for bikers and hikers exists from the ferry north of Victoria all the way to the Pot Holes Provincial Park in Sooke, BC. The Galloping Goose Trail winds across all the area's landscapes: through the city streets to the...
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Garibaldi Lake, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC V0N, Canada
With aqua blue lakes, it is hard not to be tempted to hike into Garibaldi Lake Campground and explore the area of Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk. With phenomenal views, it is worth the work of getting there. Even though a day hike to Panorama Ridge...
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5636 Jasper Way, Kelowna, BC V1W 5L7, Canada
In 2003 Kelowna suffered a devastating fire that burned 250 homes and evacuated 30,000 residents. This image was part of that burned area and overlooks the city of Kelowna as well as Lake Okanagan. Hiking within this provincial park there are many...
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The West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island in Canada is one of the top ten trails in the world to backpack. Between walking on wooden boardwalks, climbing and descending ladders, tidal pools, and camping on beaches, you will not be disappointed....
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Mt Robson, Fraser-Fort George H, BC V0E, Canada
This is a stunning place to put your backpacking skills to the test. Last summer, my family and I headed to the British Columbia interior to do some backpacking. The trek winds its way past pristine lakes, raging rivers, towering waterfalls, and...
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Magog, Lake, East Kootenay G, BC V0A 1E0, Canada
For those enchanted with alpine meadows, Bryan Creek Trail to Lake Magog is a great hike in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, located on the Great Divide (the British Columbia and Alberta Border) and is one of the seven parks of the UNESCO listed...
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Alta Lake, Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
There are a few ways to paddle Alta Lake—you can head to Wayside Park and rent a kayak or you can head to Lakeside Park and rent a canoe or a stand-up paddleboard. Either way, drifting around amid this scenery makes a...
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789 Saunders Ln, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1C5, Canada
For those looking to explore the waters around Vancouver Island, Pacifica Paddle Sports offers kayak lessons, rentals, and tours for families, groups, and solo travelers alike. Starting in Brentwood Bay, just a half hour from Victoria, head out on...
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Ross Durrance Rd, Highlands, BC V9E 2A3, Canada
Gowlland Tod is a sprawling, beautiful park located in the British Columbia Highlands, close to Goldstream Provincial Park and Bear Mountain, with great stretches of the park overlooking the stunning Saanich Inlet. Hiking, trekking, walking,...
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Langford, BC, Canada
A short 30-minute drive from downtown Victoria, and on the doorstep of Bear Mountain, Mount Finlayson looms over Greater Victoria, and if you're up for the challenge, you can take the hour-long trek all the way to the top. For those looking for a...
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Locomotive Mountain, Squamish-Lillooet A, BC V0N, Canada
The Whistler Pemberton areas have so many amazing trails to hike, but one that is less known lies about 20km north of Pemberton. You can get to the trailhead off of the Hurley River forestry access road. In my books, I think this hike offers the...
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British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
This reserve protects three separate national treasures: the spectacular Broken Group Islands, the 16-kilometer (10-mile) sandy beach of Vancouver Island’s Wickaninnish Bay and Canada’s legendary West Coast Trail. The 75-kilometer (47-mile) trail...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...