45 – Goose Rock and Pass Island

Said to be the most visited state park in Washington, with its rugged coastal headlands, beautiful coves, old-growth forests, and nearly 40 miles of trails, it is no wonder I have been visiting Deception Pass State Park since the early 1970s. Beginning at the parking lot near North Beach, today's hike included Goose Rock, Pass Island and North Beach.... Continue Reading →

44 – Birding Stimpson Family Nature Reserve

Joining friends of the Whatcom Land Trust and the North Cascades Audubon Society on a four-mile bird walk through the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, even though I recently hiked these trails (see Hike 31 - Stimpson Family Nature Reserve), I enjoyed the opportunity to view the reserve from this slightly different perspective. At times proceeding slowly along the trail, with ears carefully tuned... Continue Reading →

43 – Little Cranberry Lake and Big Beaver Pond

Parking near the water tank at the end of 29th Street, we grabbed our Anacortes Community Forest Land's (ACFL) map for Little Cranberry Lake and began our hike. With an incredible maze of trails through the forest, around several lakes, beaver ponds, swamps and wetlands, I would not recommend hiking too far into this reserve without a map. Following the shore of... Continue Reading →

42 – Saddle Rock

Located in Wenatchee, Saddle Rock is one of my favorite hikes. Visible from almost all locations in town, the rock formations on top resemble a saddle. From the trailhead at the bottom to its saddle on the top, the hike up Saddle Rock Mountain is a short, but steep, mile and a half. Sometimes feeling like a fast... Continue Reading →

39 – Padilla Bay

My original intent was to power up Chuckanut Mountain to Fragrance Lake, follow the loop trail around the lake and cross that hike off my list - but there was absolutely no parking to be had. Really, it seemed too beautiful of a day to be hiking through a dense, dark forest anyway, so I just kept on... Continue Reading →

38 – Racehorse Falls

Feeling lately as if I had covered most of the hiking trails from sea level on up to about the 1,800' level in the Blanchard Mountain, Chuckanut Mountain, Bellingham, even on up to the Canadian boarder areas, with snow still falling in our higher elevations, how exciting it felt to be hiking along a trail that was completely new to me - to Racehorse Falls. While... Continue Reading →

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