Hikes of the Week 2009 Archive
These are hikes that were featured on the WTA website in 2009. Do note that conditions each year will be different - what was a great hike at a certain time in 2009, won't necessarily be a great hike this year. Also note that in September 2009, Mountaineers Books began providing content for WTA's Hiking Guide with more 800 entries to date. You can also access our Hikes of the Week archive for 2008 and 2010.
Hikes of the Week Archive for 2009
From wildlife watching to storm watching, Washington's
offers plenty of options for getting outside during the holiday season
and beyond. Take your visiting relatives on a hike, your kids sledding or simply
plan a trip to Washington's coast to watch the big surf. Read
Olympic Peninsula - North
December 16, 2009
Hop aboard the Spruce Railroad Trail for a scenic and historic hike along the sparkling shores of massive Lake Crescent. For 4 nearly flat miles you'll saunter along one of Olympic National Park's most alluring natural features. More.
Lush old-growth forest; dark, mysterious forest lakes; and a wonderful chance to meet and see wildlife await hikers here. Read more.
Puget Sound & Islandshttp://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/fragrance-lake
December 2, 2009
A popular spot in the heart of the Chuckanut Mountains, little Fragrance Lake makes for a fine destination any time of year. Read more.
Mt. Rainier National Park
November 25, 2009
It's snowing in the mountains - time to go snowshoeing! You'll get a welcome dose of alpine elixir - fresh cold air, powdery snow, and snowy peaks in every direction. Read more.
November 18, 2009
Follow Tiger Mountain's finest old rail line while exploring some of the wildest and remotest stands of forest remaining on the mountain. You'll even find some outstanding views during this long, gentle hike. Read more.
Eastern Washington - near Ellensburg
November 11, 2009
Colorful aspens still dotted Umtanum Canyon a week ago. This hike near
Ellensburg is a little known gem and one the best hikes in spring and
fall for spotting wildlife, including big horn sheep.
Mountain Loop Highway
November 4, 2009
A hike that is enjoyable and different in every season. In November, the lake is just starting to freeze and is particularly beautiful. Be prepared for ice and snow as you go, however!
October 29, 2009
Enjoy solitude and quiet of this Olympic National Forest trail. Towering old growth hemlock and fir provide the canopy and moss, mushrooms and lichen cover the understory. Tunnel Creek is a good choice on a rainy fall day. Read more.
October 21, 2009
Sublime Puget Sound and mountain views are yours when you climb Whidbey
Island's "mountain." This easy hike in Deception Park State Park is the
perfect destination for a sunny fall weekend.
Olympic National Park
September 30, 2009
Taste some salty spray along a sandy shoreline in Olympic National park. Second Beach is just right: a hike just long enough to discourage crowds, yet short enough to encourage all who want to see this beautiful beach. Read more.
Mount Rainier National ParkSeptember 24, 2009
The combination of sprawling meadows, few trails, and virgin forest for cover makes the Palisades Lakes basin a haven for wildlife, and a good choice for relative solitude. Read more.
September 2, 2009
The chillier days of early fall make it the perfect time to hike this trail that offers incredible ridgeline views but almost no shade. It starts high and stays high. Read more.
Olympic National Park
August 27, 2009
Hike to a beautiful alpine lake flanked by some of the highest, craggiest snow- and ice-covered peaks in the Olympic Mountains. Read more.
Mount Rainier National Park
August 20, 2009
Head up the cushy Wonderland Trail, where old growth, a roaring river and snow capped peaks will keep ones interest. Read more.
Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument
August 12, 2009
North Cascades - West Slope
August 8, 2009
Fall in love with Baker on this wildflower-laden trail to an impressive old lookout tower. Beware: this hike may become a favorite, but that's no problem. You will want to return in September for huckleberries and in October for fall foliage. Read more.
Olympic National Park
July 26, 2009
It's hot! Cool down with a river hike under the enchanting, shady canopy of the rainforest. Ancient trees line this Olympic National Park trail that almost guarantees solitude. Well, except for the elk. This is a great backpacking trail, and perfect for beginners that want minimal elevation gain on their first overnight in the woods. Read more.
Goat Rocks Wilderness, South Cascades
July 13, 2009
Do this hike as an 8-mile day excursion, or join it up with Goat Ridge for a 2-3 day loop hike. The fragrant fields of purple lupine and lazy marmots await you. Read more.
Timing, they say, is everything, and according to WTA Trip Report poster "Hikingqueen" this may be the time for a stroll to the gorgeous Crystal Lakes. Her report, posted in early June, told of a slushy, slippery trail. A warm and sunny month has passed and we're willing to bet the flowers are out, the trail is in better shape and the views... well the views don't need any improvement. Read more.
January 2, 2009
For a breath of nature - minus the snowshoes - visit Theler Wetlands near Belfair. Four trails navigate 100+ acres of wetlands, where kingfishers and herons, fox and mink, frogs and salamanders and more creatures of all sorts soar and scamper. Read more.