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Washington's Mountain Vacation Homes

Washington’s Mountain Vacation Homes

Looking for a vacation home or a weekend rental close to the mountains? This sampler will give you

SNOQUALMIEA small mountain town with historic attractions and a decent brewery, Snoqualmie offers proximity to the city while maintaining a distinct sense of rustic charm. Own141 Kearny Drive, Snoqualmie Pass$475,000Annual property tax: $2,800Elevation: 3,000 feetTwo-story cabin-style home with four bedrooms and two full baths that was previously used as a vacation rental, complete with cozy…

New to Climbing and Hiking? A 101 on Hiring the Right Guide

New to Climbing and Hiking? A 101 on Hiring the Right Guide

Unless you’re a pro mountaineer, hiring a guide service is key to summiting success. Here are a few

MOUNTAINEERING GUIDES Rainier Mountaineering Inc.Mount Rainier, Mount Shuksan, Forbidden PeakBased in Ashford, RMI is one of the oldest and most established guide companies leading climbs on Mount Rainier. Founded in 1969 by legendary mountaineer Lou Whittaker and attorney Jerry Lynch, RMI boasts some of the biggest names in the business among its guides. Basic local…

Mountain Road Trips: Drivable Summits

Mountain Road Trips: Drivable Summits

Some people respond to the call of the wild with nothing but a sharpened stick and a bag of granola.

Besides the oft-traveled road to Hurricane Ridge outside Port Angeles (see page 107), here are five more Washington mountains you can summit in the relative comfort of your automobile. Mount Spokane: Twenty-five miles north of Spokane in the Selkirk Range is Mount Spokane State Park, a 13,919-acre forested camping park rich with wildlife and hiking…

101 on Washington State Volcanoes

101 on Washington State Volcanoes

If you live in the Northwest, you know: Those eye-popping mountain views come with a serious price t

Our state is home to five active or potentially active stratovolcanoes—tall, conical mountains built up over the centuries by layer upon layer of volcanic material. Until Mount St. Helens’ catastrophic blast in 1980, these mountains were the stuff of science fairs and history books. Now, many of us know terms such as pyroclastic flow (a…

The Truth About Bigfoot

The Truth About Bigfoot

From canyon to cave, the Sasquatch legend persists.

Rumors have circulated for years that Washington’s Cascades are the native habitat of Bigfoot (aka Sasquatch). Some certainly emanate from events that occurred (or not) one evening in 1924 in a canyon—ever since known as Ape Canyon (elevation: 4,200 feet)—southeast of Mount St. Helens. A group of miners shot at a mysterious 7-foot-tall apelike creature…

Ski Resorts and Crowd Free Trails

Ski Resorts and Crowd Free Trails

When winter arrives, we strap skis or boards to our feet and let gravity do its thing.

Going Downhill Here’s a handful of familiar snowsport options, plus one that’s a little out there. Visit skiwashington.com for more. The Summit at Snoqualmie (elevation: 5,420 feet)For a quick after-work ski session, head to Seattle’s closest resort. For the price of one lift ticket, you can enjoy four ski areas that accommodate the shy beginner…

9 Can't-miss Peaks

9 Can’t-miss Peaks

They’re massive. Magical. Magnificent. Northwest mountains to put on your bucket list.

We’ve all asked (and answered) the classic vacation question: The mountains or the shore? As it happens, we feel strongly both ways. But after publishing our Ultimate Coast Guide three years ago, we knew we had created an obvious imperative. And so we present our paean to Washington’s magnificent mountains. Why? Well, to paraphrase the…

Rachel Hart's Mountain High

Rachel Hart’s Mountain High

Our fearless leader talks mountains, chocolate cake and Seattle's soul.

That whole thing about climbing a mountain because it is there? Yeah, I’ve never quite understood that philosophy—unless it’s a metaphor that applies to something like a big piece of chocolate cake that happens to be in my line of vision. Many years ago, my husband and I were hiking Mount Rainier—this was pre-kids, so…

Get Scenic at the Columbia River Gorge

Get Scenic at the Columbia River Gorge

Take an artsy road trip to the first annual Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Discovery Month.

WHERE: The Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. WHY: For the first annual Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Discovery Month (columbiagorgeartsandculture.com), wherein 19 arts organizations spanning the Gorge celebrate local art, music and culture. Events include the Columbia Gorge Fiddle Contest (May 6-8 in Hood River, OR; columbiagorgefiddlecontest.com), featuring the best fiddlers in the west, plus…

Disney Cruises to Embark from Seattle Starting May 28, 2012: Pro or Con?

Disney Cruises to Embark from Seattle Starting May 28, 2012: Pro or Con?

Family-friendly Seatle vacations just got a boost with the announcement of Disney Cruises departing

Just got word today that starting May 28, 2012, Disney Cruises will sail from Seattle to Alaska, making stops at Tracy Arm, Skagway (aren’t they they known for pie or something like that?), Juneau and Ketchikan as well as Victoria, B.C. We’ve never been on a Disney cruise (or any cruise for that matter, though…

Outdoors: Put On Your Sailing Shoes

Outdoors: Put On Your Sailing Shoes

The Mountaineers Will Tie Them For You

How can you live in Seattle — right between the ocean and the lake — and not know how to sail? Now is your chance to make it right. The Mountaineers‘ Seattle four week sailing course begins on April 6, and includes four Wednesday evening classroom programs as well as at least one training sail…

Outdoors: Consider Rediscovering Discovery Park

Outdoors: Consider Rediscovering Discovery Park

Follow a Docent on a Hike Through Seattle's Premiere Park

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of touring Discovery Park in Magnolia, join a Seattle Park’s docent on a 3.5 mile walk there this coming Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. (ages 18+ only). Plan on some slight elevation gain and, given that this is Seattle, be prepared for mud and rain….

Outdoors: The North Cascade Institute's New Slate of 2011 Programs

Outdoors: The North Cascade Institute’s New Slate of 2011 Programs

North Cascades Institute Launches 2011 Programs

This week the North Cascades Institute, which is celebrating its 25th year conserving and protecting Northwest environments through experiential outdoor education, announced an exciting slate of learning programs and field excursions as part of its 2011 schedule. This year the Institute made a special effort to bring back some of its favorite field instructors from its…

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