On this four night camping trip in the Redwoods National Park, we camped at Elk Prairie campground and hiked multiple trails to see giant and majestic redwoods.
The Duckabush River Trail is located on the Hood Canal side of the Olympic Peninsula and makes for a great early season backpacking trip with multiple camp areas in low elevation forest next to the scenic river.
I’ll never get tired of lush, green Coast Range scenery. On today’s hike, we marveled at all of the different types of mosses and lichens.
On this early spring camping trip, we stayed at the Climbers Bivouac campground for easy access to Smith Rocks’s scenic hiking trails.
When spring wildflowers are blooming, the Catherine Creek and Coyote Wall areas are popular with hikers. To avoid crowds, consider this loop hike located between these two areas.
Cape Lookout is a narrow headland that juts westward into the Pacific for over two miles. This hike to the end of the cape is moderate due to the trail condition – full of roots to maneuver and often very muddy – but worth it for the views.
On this two night camping trip, we packed in a lot of adventure –including a stop at Munson Creek Falls, hiking an extremely muddy trail to the end of Cape Lookout, and climbing steep dunes at Cape Kiwanda.
The Lyle Cherry Orchard loop hike offers amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge, and while we were there too early for wildflowers, we didn’t see the ticks, rattlesnakes, or poison oak that are abundant later in the season.
This section of the Wilson River Trail between the Jones Creek and the Footbridge trailheads provides an easy hike through coastal forest with several riverside access points.