Monte Cristo Townsite

From 1899 to 1907 Monte Cristo was a mining town. Harvesting mainly gold and Silver. Later on it became a resort town and now a well preserved ghost town. Something we don’t see enough of in the dampness of the great PNW. The hike out to the townsite is an adventure in its own. You…

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Hidden Lake Lookout

In the back country of Marblemount, Wa is a long, steep trail that leads you on an a painstaking adventure you will never forget. Like every hike there is a beginning a middle and an end, but this one has well defined chapters. The first leg of your journey gets you to work right away…

Buck Creek Campground

Buck Creek Campground is way out on the Suiattle River Road outside of Darrington, WA. It’s one of the more rustic campgrounds I’ve seen. If you like the conveniences of a reserved camping spot and access to at least a vault toilet, but want to be in the thick of nature, then you are in…

Lake Shannon

Lake Shannon outside of Concrete, Wa is a recreational paradise. This massive reservoir of the Baker River stretches 7.5 miles long and over a half mile wide when it is full. All this water is held back by an arch dam built in the 1920s for Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Hydroelectric Project. There’s a…

Vogler Lake

Just a few miles North of Concrete, Wa is pretty little Vogler Lake. It covers 3.5 acres and is fairly shallow too with an average depth of 10 feet. The best part is that you can drive right to it. Despite the shallowness it holds a decent population of Rainbow and Brook Trout. They do…

Greider Lakes

I much prefer to write about an adventure freshly after it was had. Most of our adventures are, but in this case I am just anxious to tell you about this place. Facebook memories reminded me that this time last year was when my cousin Tom and I had set out on our great hunt…

The Ancient Lakes

While backpacking to Dusty Lake, in the Quincy Lakes area of Eastern Washington, we stumbled through the Ancient Lakes. The trail is just a couple miles with little elevation gain, and great intrigue! The geology is absolutely fascinating. The path takes you through a beautiful example of a dual recessional-cataract canyon, glassy lakes, tall sage…

Backpack to Dusty Lake

On the trip over Snoqualmie Pass toward Eastern Washington you begin to see the changing of the landscape. The greens begin to quiet. In fact, all the colors seem to grow silent with a sort of golden hue. What speaks loudly, however, is the contrasting texture of the desert geology. Our destination was Dusty Lake…