Chambers Bay – University Place, WA

Having lived down in the South Sound most of my life, I have visited many sights down that way. My favorite hike in the Tacoma area is Chambers Bay. It’s a beautiful landscape overlooking the Puget Sound with their unique fescue grass. There is a good 3.25 mile trail taking you around and through the Golf Course. It’s a great place to go on an evening walk and take in the beautiful Northwest views with the Olympic Mountains out in the distance and other small islands scattered throughout the Puget Sound. 

Definitely recommend this location for those that haven’t visited already. Go take in the sights for an evening and keep your soul happy!

Skookum Falls – Enumclaw, WA

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This past weekend for Mother’s Day weekend I decided to take my Mom up towards Crystal Mountain with hopes to see Mt. Rainier off in the distance from the resort. However, we realized once we got up towards the resort that the roads to the lodge aren’t accessible with the current COVID-19 restrictions.

It had been a long time since I drove this route and it was nice getting to see this area again. Skookum Falls was definitely the best viewpoint along the route up to the resort. There are trails to get up close and personal with the Falls, but that will have to wait for another trip. There were lots of people in the area jumping into the river and cooling down during the abnormally hot 80 degree day. Definitely a cool little spot to take in nature for a few minutes before getting back on the road!

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park is one of my favorite parks to visit in the state of Washington. There is so much to explore in the park – from the beaches and waterways, to the bridge towering over the waterway. The park on beautiful days gives picturesque scenic views in all directions. You can see Mt. Baker to the east and the Olympics out west.

As you can see from the photo above the sunsets from this location are absolutely stunning and it attracts many visitors throughout the year to take in these views at dusk. If you haven’t visited, you have to get out there. Yeah it might be a drive for some, but it’s absolutely worth it!

Snoqualmie Falls – Fall City, WA

 

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One of the luxuries of living in Seattle – Bellevue metro area, there are ample hikes and natural beauties to explore within an hours drive. I returned home from Vegas this past weekend and was treated to the shot above. Snoqualmie Falls is a great location to take a short evening hike through the forest down towards the base of the Falls. From above, there are several scenic lookouts for visitors to take photographs and take in the sights and sounds. Sights like these that make the cost of living in Washington state worth while. I definitely recommend this hike for all, but especially for families who are looking for a short adventure.

Mount Rainier National Park

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(Tolmie Peak in Mount Rainier National Park)

Mount Rainier National has many iconic spots within the park limits. Tolmie Peak is the most popular and heavily trafficked hike in the park. Definitely one of the most picturesque spots you will find in all of the Pacific Northwest. Make sure you are ready for some steep terrain though as the last half mile has some serious incline. Some people after hiking to the top would take a dip in the lake on the way back towards the trail head. This hike is prime for group outings and it’s highly recommended that you get to the trail head early as parking is hard to find, especially on beautiful Northwest summer days.

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(Spray Falls in Mount Rainier National Park)

If you are one to chase waterfalls, Spray Falls is the location for you. You will more than likely have to engineer your own foot bridge to get across the creek running down the rocky hillside, or just jump from rock to rock with a large stick as a pole for added support. This location was beautiful seeing this water trickling its way over the ledge from up above. Definitely watch out for your friends if you are hiking here as there are tricky areas and it seemed like a prime spot for Cougars to be resting/stalking with thick cover and rocks all around.

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(Spray Park in Mount Rainier National Park)

My favorite hike of them all was Spray Park. This hike leads you up into heaven, opening up into lush prairies with Mount Rainier within reach. Make sure you hike with a rather large group on this one as bears will be in close proximity at the end of the hike. It’s definitely something you have to experience though, seeing black bears in their natural habitat playing in trees and eating berries. Another thing, make sure you stay with your group because I chose to stay in the prairie while my brother and friend hiked further up a ridge line and while they were away bears started coming out of the treeline which was stressful and awesome as this was my first bear encounter. Don’t freak out though if you see them! Your chances of being attacked are slim to none, especially with black bears.