The Carbon River Flood of 2006

The Carbon River at Mount Rainier National Park was long a problem. In many spots the road was below the height of the river - and it ran right next to the river, with a thin separation of trees. Not shockingly, it often got flooded in off season and the road was slowly being eaten… Continue reading The Carbon River Flood of 2006

Hiking · Local Adventures

Local Adventures: Moyers Trail

Moyers Trail is the main trail at Joseph Whidbey State Park, on the north end of Whidbey Island. The park is 112 acres in size, a nice greenbelt to enjoy. The park has a PDF map of the main trail system to print, however for best detail, take a screenshot of Google Maps before you… Continue reading Local Adventures: Moyers Trail


Naches Peak Loop In Fall

When I first moved to King County, in Washington State, one of my first subalpine hikes in summer in the Cascades near Mount Rainier was Naches Peak Loop, at Chinook Pass on Hwy 410. I hiked it every year we lived in King County, from 2003 to 2017. My last hike of the loop was… Continue reading Naches Peak Loop In Fall


Hiking to Tolmie Peak

To experience Tolmie Peak one must rise before dawn, in the middle of Summer, as the wildflowers are wakening. Sometime in mid to late July. The drive is long no matter which direction you come from, as you must drive hwy 165, which is a winding 2 lane road that then turns into a 2-ish… Continue reading Hiking to Tolmie Peak


PCT Hiking – Kendall Katwalk

The first time I hiked to Kendall Katwalk on the Pacific Crest Trail was 2003. We had just moved to King County in the spring, and I worked my way East up the I-90 hikes as the snow melted. Somewhere I have a picture of Ford and I at the end of the Katwalk. He… Continue reading PCT Hiking – Kendall Katwalk