Category Archives: Dog Friendly Hikes

Diablo Lake

I just got back from a trip to North Cascades National Park. Had a great time hiking and exploring around there. This is Diablo Lake taken from the Thunder Knob Trail. I couldn’t believe how green the water was. Looked like something out of the Canadian Rockies.

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. – Luke 6:27-28

Diablo Lake

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Brandywine Falls

Here’s one of Brandywine Falls in Whistler, Canada. The falls are pretty easy to get to from the vantage point I took the picture below from. I think it was about 10 minutes from the parking lot and that’s at a 3 year old’s pace. I really wanted to get down to the bottom to photograph the falls but I didn’t know if there was a trail and it probably wouldn’t have been a good idea to take a pregnant wife and 3 year old bushwacking. So, I kept it safe and photograph the falls from up above where I could see a nice rainbow.

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king” – Daniel 2:20-23

Brandywine Falls

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Naches Trail

You know you have a three year old daughter when you see smooth rocks in the middle of a trail and the fixer-upper song the trolls sing in Frozen goes through your head. Quite embarrassing but my wife mentioned the same thing happened to her so at least I’m not the only one.

This is from the Naches Trail in the Federation Forest State Park, Washington. A nearby trail kiosk mentioned that the smoothness of the rocks came from them being part of an old river bed.

“When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain” – Isaiah 57:13

Naches Trail Federation Forest

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Greenlees Grove

Greenlees Grove is located in Federation Forest State Park off of Highway 410. I’ve driven by this small state park many times on my way to Mount Rainier National Park and the surrounding area but I’ve never stopped there. Well this past Mother’s Day my wife wanted to do a hike so we headed out to this place. We started on a trail from the parking lot that took us down by the White River and the trail was pretty overgrown and in desperate need of clearing. There were fallen trees everywhere and it was a little hard to pick up the trail. We eventually made it back up a hill to a nice loop trail that goes by Greenlees Grove that has some pretty impressive trees. I thought it was cool and I just read that there’s a little Hobbit Village there. I will for sure head back there to check it out.

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed'” – Isaiah 56:1

Greenlees Grove

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The Trail to Skookum Falls

The past weekend we hiked to Skookum Falls in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The trail is actually just outside of Mt Rainier National Park so don’t let the name of the national forest it’s located in fool you. Anyway, there are two trail that get to the falls. One is 4.2 miles and the other is 7.8. We had our 1 and 3 year old with us and we’ve done the 7.8 mile trail before so we opted for the shorter trial. The trail was pretty muddy in parts but overall it was in pretty good shape. I’ve hiked up to the base of the falls before but this time when I got there I had trouble finding the path to it. The only way I could see getting there was to scramble up a lot of mossy boulders. I didn’t have much time for boulder hopping so unfortunately I had to pass. I would have been more bummed if I hadn’t been up to it before but I didn’t want to leave my kids and wife hanging around for me that long. It was a little cold anyways.

“He will swallow up death permanently. The sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from every face, and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. Indeed, the LORD has announced it!” – Isaiah 25:8

Trail to Skookum Falls

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Closer Than You Think

The first time I went to Flaming Geyser State Park in Washington I thought I’d see a geyser like Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. Not as big of course but something shooting out water. So, I did a little hike around the area and saw Bubbling Creek where ground has turned gray from the methane coming up. When I was finished with the hike I was disappointing that I didn’t see a geyser. I thought that was weird that I didn’t see it since I was on the main trail. I went back to the start and saw a small crater in the ground which I passed thinking it was a fire pit or something. Well that was it. The geyser wasn’t a geyser of water but a spot where the methane coming out of the ground was lit creating a geyser of fire. Hence the name “Flaming” geyser.

Closer Than You Think

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Flaming Geyser State Park

I guess it’s been a while since I’ve been to a state park in Washington State but I was unpleasantly surprised to find out they cost $10 for a day pass per car. I know that’s not that much but they used to be free and I had some visitors in a separate car with me. I felt bad having them pay when we’d only be there for maybe 2 hours.

When I got into the part of the park I wanted to photograph there was a construction gate blocking it off saying that you would be fined $87 if you went through. It was open but I didn’t feel like risking it so I went back to my car really annoyed. Luckily, on the way back to my car I heard someone asking a park ranger about it and the response seemed positive but I couldn’t fully hear what was said. So, I went and asked him and he said they weren’t doing construction on the weekend so you could go through. I asked him about the sign and he kind of laughed and said they forget to take the sign down when they’re done working. My first thought was why didn’t he take it down? Who knows how many people turned around like I almost did.

Flaming Geyser State Park

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Naches Peak Loop Lake

Here’s one of the lakes along the Naches Peak Loop Trail in Mount Rainier National Park. We stopped here for lunch in the shade of the trees which was nice because it was a hot and sunny day. Part of the trail is outside of the park so you could bring your dog or pet chimpanzee if you like. How awesome would that be to see a hiking chimpanzee. Maybe dress him in some lederhosen and have him carry my camera gear. I could pay him in bananas which is like $.40 per pound at Walmart so I’d have a really cheap assistant. I’d make sure to treat him real nice just in case monkeys decide to take over the world like in Planet of the Apes.

Naches Peak Loop Lake

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The Path to Greenwater

It’s funny how sometimes you’ll be hiking and not see anyone for long periods of time but once you set your tripod down, that’s when everyone comes. It also seems like once you’re just about ready to take the shot you have to move to let someone pass by. Maybe it’s just me or maybe there are people in the forest waiting in the shadows (with bright green and yellow shirts) for that perfect photo bomb.

This photo is along the Greenwater Lakes trail just outside of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.

The Path to Greenwater

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Down by the River

I can always tell when I’m dehydrated while I’m hiking because with any lake or river I pass by I just want to stick my head in and drink all of it. It’s too bad that you can’t really do that because of the risk of getting sick. I have a friend that doesn’t use a filter and he hasn’t gotten sick yet. It only takes one time though and it’s better to be safe than sorry especially when you’re in the back country.

This shot is along the Green Water Lakes trail. The bridge photo I posted previously is of the bridge in the distance.

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