Ancient Lakes from Quincy Lakes Trailhead

An east-central Washington hike where trail conditions allow very early season visits (and the heat discourages anything later). March and April are a good time to visit Ancient Lake. The vegetation is green, flowers are in bloom and the air is cool. Plus the waterfalls are running strong, making for good photos. In very earlyContinue reading “Ancient Lakes from Quincy Lakes Trailhead”

Sage Hills & Horse Lake Mountain

This lowland wildflower garden is a Mecca for those seeking early season dry hikes! There are multiple trailheads in Wenatchee, Washington, to access this preserve, but the highest and largest parking area is the Horse Lake Trailhead on Horselake Road. Trail conditions are superb. The trails are a mix of easy paths and old roads.Continue reading “Sage Hills & Horse Lake Mountain”

North Cascades: Tricouni, Junction, Park Creek Pass, Stehekin

Beautiful alpine scenery!! And easy hiking. The trail was well maintained within the Ross Lake National Recreation Area and as far as Tricouni Camp. All water crossings as far as Thunder Basin Camp were bridges or easy rock hops. Our first night’s camp was Tricouni Camp, a 2-site campground roughed out of the woods. OurContinue reading “North Cascades: Tricouni, Junction, Park Creek Pass, Stehekin”

Tips for social distancing and the outdoors

Getting some fresh air and exercise is a good way to keep yourself healthy—physically and mentally. But we all need to do so responsibly. If you choose to head outdoors, consider possible effects on vulnerable individuals as well as our healthcare system, taking steps to minimize risk. Make sure to continue practicing social distancing and properContinue reading “Tips for social distancing and the outdoors”