Family Hiking To Ipsut Pass


Every year I have meant to share the Mowich Area at Mount Rainier National Park with Kirk. And I realized I had not taken Walker or Alistaire up there yet as well. So Sunday morning seemed perfect, especiually with coolwer weather forecasted. But while Mowich is incredibly close to us as the crow flies, it […]

Two New Hiking Guides for the Wonderland Trail in 2012


For many years the go-to guide-book for The Wonderland Trail was Discovering the Wonders of the Wonderland Trail: Encircling Mount Rainier. It, along with a map or two, and you were ready to go.   Bette’s book took me on my many Wonderland adventures and is still on my guidebook shelf. I have recommended this book to 100’s, […]

New Wonderland Trail Map Out


A little while ago I was excited to hear the news about the newest Mt. Rainier map that was being debuted by Green Trails. Green Trails is the king of hiking maps out here in Washington and Oregon, offering highly detailed topo maps that are overall accurate and most of all…show mileage! (nothing worse than […]

Winter Daydreaming: Planning A Wonderland Trip


~The meadow at Summerland~ Is it the economy? The hard winter for most of us? Who knows, but I can say I have seen a lot of chattering about hiking plans for this coming summer, more than usual, especially about the Wonderland Trail here in Washington – our gorgeous 93 miles loop around (well more […]

Kautz Creek Ramblings


In the summer of 2005 my friend Drew invited me on a trip at Rainier. We did a loop of sorts, starting at the Kautz Creek Trailhead along the Nisqually Road. We left a second car at Longmire, where the Wonderland Trail touches. Off we went. The Kautz Creek has changed since we did it, […]

Wandering On The Wonderland


The weather outlook was not great for today (or for Sunday either!) but after looking at the big report for Rainier it didn’t sound awful. Cloudy with chance of showers and cold temps. Better than 90% chance o’ rain, right?Last day of Spring, it really seemed right. Considering we just ended a near full 30 […]