60 – Rosario Head and Pass Lake Trails

With time remaining to sneak in even a few more hikes before the big six-O rolls around, the Rosario Bay and Pass Lake Loop trails mark my sixtieth hike. Goal met! Will this be it for hiking for me? Of course not! I have always been a hiker, and while the goal of completing sixty hikes between the first of Jaunary and my... Continue Reading →

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59 – Patterson Mountain

Deciding to begin at Patterson Lake and hike to the top of Patterson Mountain as we sipped our coffee and soaked up the morning sun from the deck of our Eagle Pine Chalet, at that point, I had absolutely no clue just how beautiful the wildflowers would be, or how outstanding the view from the top of the mountain would... Continue Reading →

58 – Pipestone Canyon

Surrounded by the beautiful Methow Valley, this hike took us along the popular early Spring mountain bike route through Pipestone Canyon. The canyon walls, lined with natural rock columns that are topped with caps, called hoodoos, were naturally formed millions of years ago. An easy, approximate 5 mile (in and back) old jeep trail used for hiking, horse riding and mountain biking in the fair... Continue Reading →

55 – Fragrance Lake

With winter snow still in the high country, perhaps I thought I might run out of hikeable local trails before completing my sixtieth hike, because I had been sort of saving the Fragrance Lake hike at Larrabee State Park - or maybe I was saving it for a rainy day. Lori and I had planned to hike this afternoon,... Continue Reading →

53 – Berthusen Memorial Park

A lovely city park in the countryside near Lynden, Washington, with its impressive old-growth forest and the Berthusen homestead, Berthusen Memorial Park appears to be somewhat of a well-kept secret. This was my first visit to the park, and passing the sprawl of the red barn, constructed in 1901, as  I turned off the main road into the park... Continue Reading →

52 – Hoypus Point

While other visitors to Deception Pass State Park were at Cornet Bay to launch their boats, share a picnic on the many tables available or fish from the dock, I started from there to hike to the beach at Hoypus Point and then along the trails through the Hoypus Point Natural Forest Area. It is an... Continue Reading →

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