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Click here to visit our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on conditions and hikes we’ve taken.  You can also look at tons of pictures of our adventures! 

Palisades Lake:  September 1, 2011

Fri Sep 02, 2011

Another gorgeous hike with flowers, flowers everywhere.  Enjoy great photos courtesy of our friends at Visit Rainier.

This trail starts from Sunrise Point (the large switchback on the Sunrise road, about 3 miles before the Visitor Center).  The views from Sunrise Point are exceptional, and worth a stop on their own, and there are always people in the parking lot taking pictures.  However, not many of them actually take the time to hike down to the lakes even though they’re visible from the viewpoint.

There are actually a string of 6 alpine lakes, and you can hike to all of… Read Full Story

Dewey Lakes Hike:  August 29, 2011

Tue Aug 30, 2011

Our friends, Abbie and Ian, did this hike with Ziggy and Gonzo on August 29 and took these great photos!  Check out all their photos on Alta Crystal Resort’s Facebook page by clicking here.

To get to this dog-friendly hike, take the Naches Peak Loop trail from the Chinook Pass pedestrian overpass about 1.5 miles to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail.  You’ll see a sign for Dewey Lakes to the left.  Follow the trail for about 1.3 miles to the first lake, descending about 600 feet.  You can continue about a mile along the PCT to a more… Read Full Story

The Sunrise wildflowers are at their peak!

Sun Aug 28, 2011

Check out these photos courtesy of Visit Rainier!  The flowers are Sunrise are incredible and the hiking is fantastic.

Come up after Labor Day for sunny skies and fewer crowds.  (We first visited Washington 21 years ago in September and we were hooked—the weather is that fantastic!)  There are gorgeous flowers along the road up to Sunrise, and the Silver Forest Trail from the main parking area is an easy walk for all ages with wonderful flowers. 

If you’re willing to venture a little farther afield, we particularly love the Summerland, Berkeley Park and Glacier Basin trails for huge… Read Full Story