Not Far Far Away: 4 'Star Wars' Planets You Can Hike to Here in Washington
You don't have to travel to a galaxy far far away to imagine yourself partying with Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor or fighting to stay warm on the ice world of Hoth (we recommend wool and fleece over tauntaun guts).
You don't have to travel to a galaxy far far away to imagine yourself partying with Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor or fighting to stay warm on the ice world of Hoth (we recommend wool and fleece over tauntaun guts). While you anticipate GiveBIG and the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you can find your own connection to the force on the trails of Washington.
We've compiled a few ideas to ignite your imagination, and we'd also love to know where in Washington you feel most like you're immersed in the Star Wars universe. (Share in the comments below.)
Hoth: Blue Glacier
Hike through old growth forest along the Hoh River until reaching the heavily-crevassed Blue Glacier. The seracs and endless ice will make you feel as though you've stepped out of a hidden rebel base to patrol for Empire forces on the hostile surface of Hoth.
Dagobah: Old Sauk River Trail
Hike it, you will. Certain sections of the Old Sauk River Trail mirror the eerie swamp of Dagobah. This family-friendly trail is worth a visit, even if you aren't looking for a Jedi master.
Tatooine: White Bluffs
Hike through sand dunes on this trail through a natural coulee. The arid landscape of the White Bluffs will feel like the deserts of Tatooine. And at White Bluffs, you don't need to worry about stumbling into the Great Pit of Carkoon.
Endor: Lena Lake & West Fork Foss
The old growth forests found along many of Washington's trails evoke a stroll among the giants of Endor. Visit Lena Lake in the Olympic Peninsula or the West Fork Foss River off of Hwy 2, and you'll find yourself looking up and picking out trees you'd most like to live in with a few Ewoks for neighbors.
Bonus: Summer backpacking trips for stargazing
If you're more interested in the stars than the planets, then perhaps a stargazing backpacking trip this summer is in order. Here are a few suggestions, along with upcoming meteor showers.
Family hiking tip: turn your kid into a Star Wars fan (by hiking!)
Are you a Star Wars parent who can't get your Disney Princess-obsessed kid to give a hoot about hiking or the Millennium Falcon? Make the fact that Princess Leia is now a Disney princess work for you.