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Why You Should Explore Washington's Deadliest Volcano

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Mt Rainier is ranked as one of the worlds deadliest volcanoes and here's why you might still go play on its slopes.

Luckily for us the volcano is currently classified dormant with the most recent significant activity happening in the 1800's. Let's be honest though, that's not that long ago... If it were to blow again it would be massively devastating for the residential areas surrounding it. It's effect would be seen and felt by most of the west coast hence its deadly classification. On a cl...

Hiking with kids adds an extra exciting element to exploring the outdoors. Things like elevation gain, miles covered, and steps taken are all entirely meaningless to the kids. They typically don't even care about the grand views and epic destinations. Kids are more concerned with exactly what's in front of them at the moment. So finding a trail interesting enough for them seems to sometimes be the biggest challenge. So picking a hike with minimal elevations, realistic milage, and also entertaini...

Everyone knows Washington gets a little dark and dreary in the winter, but don't be fooled into thinking that means you have to sit on your couch and watch Netflix for 5 months. All the rain down at sea level is snow just a few minutes into the mountains. Washington is full of winter activities that are worth getting excited about. We've compiled a short list to help you keep exploring the outdoors and making memories with friends and family all year round. 

* Many of our destinations are recomme...

Palouse Falls is located inside the State Park and offers obvious spectacular views. This is Washington's official State Waterfall and is one of the few remaining Ice Age flood plain waterfalls. You've likely seen pictures of the place somewhere online and when you make the trip your pretty much guaranteed to find a few photographers smashing the buttons on their cameras. 

Palouse falls makes for a great picnic destination, is a great "stretch your legs" spot if you happen to be road tripping thr...

Mt Erie is a great drive up destination located on Fidalgo Island just north of Deception Pass. Because of the communication towers located at the top there's a paved, but still fairly rough, road all the way to the top. You'll also find the eagle featured at the end of the video ;) A paved road to the top and being only minutes from Anacortes make this one of the best view-for-effort spots in our state. At the top you'll find a few different paths to take, all with a top notch camera worthy pho...

If you'd like to get your feet wet and learn to play in the Olympics a bit this year then the Lena Lake Trail is a good place to get introduced to these set of mountains. The trail provides access to some obviously gorgeous views, while taking you through some old growth forest, giant ancient boulder fields left by glaciers of the past, bridges, water falls, streams, and some epic lake views at the top. 

Up for more than just a day hike? Bring your gear and you can claim a camping site (first com...

This alien looking landscape is right here in our backyard! 

Potholes is a large reservoir located at the southern end of Moses Lake. The reservoir, let's just call it a lake, is pretty big and provides a variety of activities but what makes it so unique is the northern half of the lake.

Thousands of sand dunes slip into the water creating a labyrinth of roads, islands, and pockets of water that make it perfect for fishing, unique camping spots, and an ORV (off road vehicle) park that allows you t...

Here's a State Park unlike any other in the country. Where should we start?

The bridge I guess... the 2 sections of bridge span 1500' in length 180' above the water. Connecting Whidbey Island's norther end to Fidalgo Island the bridge is located smack dab in the middle of the park. On both ends of the bridge have small parking lots and pull off's for visitors to park and take in the views. There is a walkway the entire length of the bridge allowing you to see the beaches, the strong (and dangerou...

On your drive across the state on I-90 you'll find the very obvious bridge across the Columbia River. On the east side of the bridge is a scenic pull off worth taking at the Wild Horse Monument. There is room to stretch your legs and find a good scenic view amongst the rocks if this is part of a longer road trip. If you're up for a short hill climb you can walk right up to the old rusted horse statues for a closer view. 

The statues themselves were part of an art project by Chewelah sculptor Davi...

Washington has many very different types of ocean experiences yet we are only connected to one ocean. Our glacial history has shaped quite a landscape to explore. We have seaside cliffs, the country's longest sandy beach, wildlife in every direction, and almost every type of beach you can imagine (except those hot tropical ones, sorry). So keep reading as we share some of our favorite coastal spots. The spots that you can drive on the beaches, where you can get your dose of Pacific salty breeze,...

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