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White River Trail from Alta Crystal Resort

Wed Oct 14, 2009

This is a great year-round trail for hiking, biking, horseback riding, trail running—and, in the winter, we snowshoe here too!

We decided to take the dogs on a quick walk last Sunday afternoon.  It was a gorgeous Fall day with clear blue skies and cool temperatures—plus the Fall colors are nearing their peak and we wanted to take some pictures.

The intersection with the White River Trail is just about a 5-minute walk from Alta Crystal Resort.  All you have to do is cross the foot bridge over Deep Creek and follow the trail where it says “Horse Traffic”. … Read Full Story

Dege Peak Hike in Mt. Rainier National Park

Mon Sep 28, 2009

This is an incredible hike—and we managed to go on the perfect fall day.  We must be doing something right!

We have a group of German exchange students who stay with us every other year.  They are from Gustrov, near the Baltic Sea, and their sister school is in Yakima.  We absolutely love having them stay with us, and have gotten to be friends with their leader and chaperone.

We’ve gone hiking with them many other times, but this was the first time they’ve come early enough in the year for us to go hiking at Sunrise—and it was incredible. … Read Full Story

Naches Peak Loop Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park

August 19, 2009. We’ve always loved this trail, so even though it was late in the afternoon, we decided to go for it.  It was our 15th wedding anniversary, and we thought it was only fitting that we do one of our favorite trails.  And, as it turned out, it was a wonderful time to day to go!

We like to start the trail on the Wenatchee National Forest side and hike it clockwise to that we get wonderful views of Mt. Rainier for its last half.  To get to this starting point, just follow Highway 410 East until you… Read Full Story