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Lake Serene in Washington

We’ve all done it; made a lofty New Year’s resolution and abandoned it by mid-March, if not sooner! On Jan. 1, 2020 I made a resolution to complete 52 hikes in a year. With my trusty trail runners, leggings and a hoodie I set off to hike Talapus Lake. I made it to the lake,…

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Lake Sylvia, Six 'Fido Friendly' Walks in Grays Harbor

Baby, it’s cold outside, but you and Fido need some outdoor exercise. Don’t let cold weather keep you or your dog cooped up during the winter months. Bundle up and explore these seven “Fido Friendly” trails in southwest Washington’s Grays Harbor County. Leashed dogs are welcome at all of these sites. Aberdeen 1. Johns River…

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backpacking spade lake

In September, my wife Regan and I had planned a hike in the North Cascades but a spate of wildfires made that hike impossible. When the smoke cleared two days into what was to have been a five-day trip, we decided to cross a shorter hike off our bucket list and set out for a…

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oregon butte hikers

When you have a window of opportunity, you take the window. Oregon Butte Lookout had been on my hiking list for the last few years and other adventures kept pushing it aside. Recently, after watching the weather for a week, the option of this hike came back on my radar. Based on what I was…

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Explore Washington State Kula Cloth

While 2020 has brought a lot of awful moments for everyone, here at Explore Washington State, we had the chance to create something amazing: our very own Kula Cloth. When we featured Kula Cloth last year, we never thought that we would have the opportunity to work with them this closely. Our Kula Cloth may…

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From The Ground Up socks Explore Washington State 2020 Gift Guide

Alright, guys! This one is for the avid outdoors woman or man in your life. Or perhaps, a little gift to yourself this holiday season. The next business from the Explore Washington State 2020 Gift Guide is From The Ground Up! When preparing for a hike (or outdoor activity) of any length, the first thing…

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liberty bell from washington pass

Washington State is known for its gloomy and rainy weather. While a lot of people want to avoid going outdoors during autumn, I think it’s the best time of the year to explore. The fall footage and the moody, foggy Pacific Northwest vibes make everything look enchanting.  Driving North Cascades Highway Whether you want to…

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hiking beneath volcano in washington

Whether you’re watching the sunrise on a dewy ridge in the North Cascades, taking a multi-day trip through the rainforest in the Olympics, overlooking one of the 700+ lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, or watching the colors dance on Mount Rainier at sunset, backpacking in Washington will leave you with phenomenal memories. The views…

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New Dungeness Light Station with beach wood

When I picture myself hiking in the Pacific Northwest, I always see myself set amongst a familiar backdrop — tall trees and even taller mountains. Winding forest streams carve their way through deep valleys of lush green foliage. It’s not hiking if there’s no tree roots to snag your boot on nor any hard rocks…

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kids hiking on a trail on Mt St. Helens

Washington State has many amazing, beautiful places to visit, but none are quite as unique as Mount St. Helens. Before its eruption in 1980, Mount St. Helens stood tall and prominent in the western Washington sky. While not able to offer the same views today, Mount St. Helens still boasts extraordinary scenery and a landscape…

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