126 Miles thru Glacier National Park – Part III

Day 7: Granite Park to Fifty Mountain Campground (12 miles + 3-mile return side trip to Sue Lake) Our luck with the weather had run out. It rained all through the night and we woke up in a wet tent under a thick cloud cover. The trek to our next destination, Fifty Mountain Campground, was…

126 Miles thru Glacier National Park – Part II

Day 4: Red Eagle Lake To Gunsight Campground (19.8 miles) Though our daily mileage had been increasing each day, our pace (and the daylight hours) stayed the same. So this morning we ate breakfast in the dark, attempting to get an extra early start on our first 20-miler. We had 13 miles of flat walking…

126 Miles thru Glacier National Park – Part I

The average tourist spends 2.5 hours in Glacier National Park, which is about what it takes to drive the Going to the Sun Road. But you can’t even scratch the surface of Glacier’s 1 million acres of preserved wilderness in 2.5 hours. To experience more of what this park has to offer, we decided to…

Olympic Coast & Ozette Loop Trail

For those planning a backpacking trip in Washington State (or any popular trekking destination, really), I offer you this simple advice: shoulder season. The Olympic National Park is one of the most touristed areas in the Pacific Northwest. Over 4 million people travel to view and explore the nearly one million acres of wilderness the…

Mount Saint Helens – Summit

Can I have two tickets for the top of Saint Helen’s, please? … $22 each? … Do you take American Express? That is about what it takes to commit yourself to summiting Mount Saint Helens, an active volcano located in the Pacific Northwest’s aptly named “Ring of Fire”. As described in an earlier post, K and I…

Mount Saint Helens – Loowit Trail

Fourth of July weekend is a great time for a tramp. While the hoards head for the city to partake in the parades, fried food and fireworks, K and I prefer to travel in the opposite direction: to the parks. This year we decided to celebrate Independence Day on the Loowit Trail, a 36-mile loop…