I recently went on a backpacking trip near Leavenworth, WA to one of the most coveted campsites in all of Washington. Although, backpacking in this area is available by permit only, day hikes are available to all.
Zoe and I arrived at the trailhead to a dusting of snow while it was still dark outside. The one thing that was visible was the cloud cover. There was a heavy fog everywhere. Our plan was to hike two miles to an overlook and take photos at sunrise, but I was beginning to wonder if it would be worth the time, considering we could get the same foggy images where we were.
In the last few years, I’ve come to love hiking, and if I have a free weekend, you can count on me to be on the trails. This last year I’m proud to say I logged 175 miles, and in the past three years I’ve done over 60 unique hikes in Washington. Now, I’m happy to share my favorites of those hikes with you.
My husband, Zach, and I backpacked to Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon in April of 2018. It felt unbelievably surreal while we were there, and it still doesn’t feel like it really happened.
Havasupai and Mooney Falls are two of the most famous waterfalls in the world, and rightly so. Their turquoise waters, surrounded by red rocks, are stunning. The trip there is quite the trek though — 10 miles each way, to be specific.
High Rock Lookout, right outside of Rainier National Park, has all the perks of eloping inside the park with out the need of a permit, park entrance fees, or the crowds. This hike boasts of 360 degrees of jaw dropping views, dramatic cliff sides, the perfect view of Rainier, and access to the historical fire lookout in case of inclement weather .