Adventure is always in season in Washington. Even though the temperatures are starting to dip, there are still plenty of opportunities to get out and play in our great state. Here are four outdoor adventures for you to try in the coming months.
Looking for some of the most unreal views in the Pacific Northwest? You’ll definitely want to venture into the Cascades and hike the Gothic Basin. The trip up an old, rather primitive mining path isn’t easy, gaining more than 1,000 feet in elevation, but the payoff is awesome – sweeping views of towering mountain peaks and the breathtaking Gothic Lake once you arrive. This roughly 10-mile hike is challenging and well worth the effort.
Climb at Exit 32
Just off I-90’s Exit 32 near North Bend is Little Si, a premium sport climbing destination with some seriously challenging routes. The slick serpentine rock faces at Exit 32 make an awesome spot to test your mettle. Here, you’ll find routes varying in difficulty from 5.8 to 5.14c. No matter where you are on your climbing journey, you should be able to find a route to match.
Hit the Slopes – or Trails
The Summit at Snoqualmie, about an hour east of Bothell, offers nearly 2,000 skiable acres, 25 lifts, and even night skiing. If you’re looking for adventure on the powder, grab your ski or snowboard from your StorQuest Self Storage unit and make a weekend of it. Opening day is usually sometime in mid-December, so keep an eye out! If cross-country is more your thing, you can get your fix at the nearby Summit Nordic Center. It features more than 30 miles of trails to explore.
Ski Mount St. Helens
Prefer to skip the lift lines and earn your turns? Head south and try your hand at skiing Mount St. Helens. You might have to wait until we get a big powder dump or two, but it’s worth the wait. Start at the Marble Mountain Sno-Park and head up via the Worm Flows climbing route. This non-technical trail takes you to the summit, though the U.S. Forest Service recommends packing an ice ax and brushing up on avalanche awareness. The reward is an epic descent! Best of all, you’ll be able to say you skied an active volcano.
Create the Ultimate Adventure Locker
If you need a place for your ski, snowboard, and climbing gear between adventures, look no further than StorQuest Self Storage in Bothell. Our smaller units are a great place to drop off your gear when you’re not out conquering your bucket list.