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Olympic Hikes: Pumpkin Seed Lake

When we rebuilt Trailcooking from ground up this past year, I lost every trip report I had written from 2004 to current when we couldn't transfer the older version of the blog. There are some hikes I truly loved that I never wrote about, including Pumpkin Seed Lake in the Olympic National Park, in Washington… Continue reading Olympic Hikes: Pumpkin Seed Lake

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Green In The Outdoors

The past few years has brought environment, green living, zero waste, and minimalist living to a forefront in hiking and the outdoors (and beyond into daily life). The pitch is your life choices will save (or help) the environment. From articles to products, there is a lot out there. But are these recommendations actually good?… Continue reading Green In The Outdoors

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Carbon River Backpack

Some weeks call for a backpacking trip that isn't hard nor long. Carbon River, Mount Rainier National Park, in early summer is that. 4.5 miles each way with about 500 feet elevation gain. No snow as it sits in the 2,000 foot elevation profile. The hardest part is getting a free permit due to how… Continue reading Carbon River Backpack

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Cross Country in Seattle Park

Cross country backpacking is to me what backpacking once was. Finding a campsite that will suit, and treading gently on the land. It isn't for everyone, and you must have compass and navigating skills and preferably a lot of nights under oneself before trying it. Always follow all rules, especially in National Parks. Tori, Ford… Continue reading Cross Country in Seattle Park

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PCT Hiking: Stevens Pass To Snoqualmie Pass (Section J)

If there is a section of the Pacific Crest Trail that is seen as the pinnacle of Washington State, it may well be Section J, which is between I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass and to Highway 2 at Stevens Pass. We choose to hike southbound to make getting home faster. The section spends much of it… Continue reading PCT Hiking: Stevens Pass To Snoqualmie Pass (Section J)