Photos from recent trips I've led for Everett Parks and Recreation.  Photo captions are under each picture.  Navigate through the photos by clicking the arrows on the sides of the photo.  Clicking on photo will expand the size.  Enjoy!

The base of Picture Show Falls,where it tumbles into Boulder River.

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Oops-- a tree across the road added about 2/3 of a mile to our hike

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Steering clear of the puddles

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The base of Picture Show Falls,where it tumbles into Boulder River.

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Hike 11/14  Boulder River  

We braved the wind and rain on a gray autumn Tuesday to hike this wilderness trail near Darrington. The stars of this show are the giant trees, the ubiquitous greenery, and the gorgeous waterfalls. With the wet weather, the falls and the river were flowing impressively. Trail conditions were a bit sloppy, but most of the obstacles were minor, and we were able to cover about 5 miles total for the day.

Relaxing alongside the wild Nooksack River in the North Cascades

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A moody sky hung over Silver Lake

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Relaxing alongside the wild Nooksack River in the North Cascades

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Hike 11/12  Nooksack River / Silver Lake Park  

We spent a rainy Sunday exploring a trio of scenic areas in Whatcom County along the Mount Baker Highway. This day was about water--lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, not to mention the stuff coming out of the sky!  We started with a nice loop hike around the trails in Silver Lake County Park, north of Maple Falls. It's a pretty little park with campgrounds, cabins, and big picnic shelter (which came in handy at lunch time). We then hiked along the Nooksack on the gorgeous Horseshoe Bend trail near Glacier, and capped things off by stopping at the Nooksack Falls Viewpoint.

Teneriffe Falls tumbles over 250 feet down the mountainside near North Bend.

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Walked on a lot of wet leaves

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Returning to the newly-built parking lot. Probably has room for 100 cars here!

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Teneriffe Falls tumbles over 250 feet down the mountainside near North Bend.

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Hike 11/11  Teneriffe Falls  

November is great time to hike to waterfalls, and this one didn't disappoint. Located very close to North Bend and Mount Si, Teneriffe (aka Kamikaze) Falls drops over 400 feet in a series of steps. You hike up from the base of Mount Teneriffe about 1500 feet to view the longest drop, seen in the photos. Along the way is some nice forest hiking, including sections of newly-built trail that connect to a large trailhead area just opened this year. It solved a major parking crunch for this popular area. Periodic showers had little impact today, and it was an excellent workout as we logged about 6 miles total.

A pleasant walk along Puget Sound at ChambersBay , south of Tacoma

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Part of the trail climbs over the railroad tracks to access the beach

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A pleasant walk along Puget Sound at ChambersBay , south of Tacoma

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Walk 11/8  Chambers Bay Loop  

Chambers Bay is located in University Place in Pierce County, a few miles south of Tacoma. A former gravel pit and cement plant, the land was purchased by Pierce County in 1992 and was developed into a first-rate park and golf course. The course was in the spotlight in 2015 when it hosted the US Open. A wonderful 3-mile paved walking path circles the nearly-treeless course, giving vistas over the sound to various islands and the Olympic Mountains.  

A snowy setting at Cooper Lake near Roslyn

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Cooper River flowing through a green canyon near the trailhead

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A snowy setting at Cooper Lake near Roslyn

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Hike 11/4  Cooper River and Lake  

A touch of winter arrived in early November as we journeyed to the eastern slopes of the Cascades for this nice forest hike north of Roslyn. Chilly temps meant that the only precipitation falling on this day was flaky and white. A light dusting covered most everything, making for pretty surroundings but no difficulties to walk in. We took the trail alongside Cooper River for 3 miles or so before arriving at the lake of the same name. Overcast skies limited the views somewhat, but still offered some wonderful scenery.

Saw this unusual-looking deer on Orcas Island. It has a condition called piebaldism, similar to being albino.

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Eagle perched on a snag in Mountain Lake

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Saw this unusual-looking deer on Orcas Island. It has a condition called piebaldism, similar to being albino.

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Hike 11/1  Mountain Lake Loop, Orcas Island  

This trip had been postponed from two weeks prior, when a high wind warning was posted for the San Juans  right during the timeframe we'd planned to be there. No such problem this time, and we got to enjoy a nice afternoon on Orcas. An overcast morning slowly gave way to a partly sunny afternoon, and we didn't need the rain gear at all. We hiked the lovely 4-mile loop trail around Mountain Lake in Moran State Park, and then drove to the vista point on top of 2400-foot-high Mount Constitution. A beautiful sunset from the ferry heading home capped off the day nicely.