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5 Fall Hikes For Students in The Pacific NorthWest

5 Fall Hikes For Students in The Pacific NorthWest

With the back-to-school season in full swing again, students in the Pacific NorthWest are back to full days in class and long nights paper writing and studying. What better way to let off some steam and get away from the busy student life than getting outdoors and enjoying the fall hikes in the great PNW?

Here’s 5 Fall Hikes for Students in the Pacific NorthWest!

1: Silver Creek Falls | Silverton, Oregon

silver creek falls

Who doesn't want to see a bunch of beautiful waterfalls on your hike? With 10 waterfalls and 24+ miles of hiking and walking trails, this hike has it all. Located just outside of Salem, Oregon, it's located in the largest state park in Oregon. This hike can be for anyone from beginners to even advanced hikers.  The most popular is the South falls, which is the most visited out of them all.

Chances are you'll see a variety of animal life in the autumn when it's usually not filled with hikers and people, and get to enjoy some really spectacular waterfalls, in fact, 10 of them! 


2: Washington: Bandera Mountain Hike.

bandera mountain hike

Found within the Snoqualmie Pass region, this is another moderate level hike. This particular route shouldn’t be undertaken by absolute beginners or those who are severely out of shape as it can be tough. But if you want a challenge and a stepping stone to some more advanced hikes, this would be ideal. Known to be easier at the beginning, you shouldn’t let this fall you, the last half mile can get a little intense, with rock fields and steep climbs.

Don’t be put off though, this 8.0 mile roundtrip hike offers amazing panoramic views of meadows and distant mountains. A popular hike, it also shares trails with other popular hikes, so may get busy, and parking can be an issue. But if you are looking for a challenge and want to see some truly spectacular sites, this is the trail for you.

**Please note you may require a NorthWest pass for parking**

3: British Columbia: Stawamus Chief Hike.



This popular and scenic hike is a perfect day out for your and your friends. With amazing panoramic views of Howe Sound, the Squamish Valley and nearby mountain peaks, as well as the town of Squamish, this moderate level hike is ideal for beginners. For an easy time, the three hour hike is perfect, but if you would like to stretch yourself, the full route takes around 6 hours. This is a varied hike and will be both challenging and relaxing. Situated about a one hours drive from Vancouver, camping is allowed on this trail, so could be ideal for a weekend getaway. With the hiking season running from March to November, you’ll have plenty of time to get away from your studies and take in the natural wonders of the region.

As the cool, crips autumn air brings colder temperatures with it, be sure to layer up and dress appropriately for your outdoor hikes. Looking for some Pacific NorthWest clothing?Stay warm and cozy with a  Pacific NorthWest Hoodie or Pacific NorthWest Sweater from Pacific NorthWest Lifestyle, made local in Vancouver, British Columbia and ships to both US & Canada. If you order over $75.00, two sweaters or a hoodie and a t-shirt, you'll get free shipping!

4: Alberta: Lake Agnes Hike.


This is a moderate level hike and takes around three hours and will take you through scenic forests, past Lake Louise and give you wonderful views of the rocky mountain peaks. Perfect for a day out, the hike ends with the welcome site of a teahouse, where you can relax and take in the sites around you. For more secluded and to take in even better views of the area, head up to the little beehive summit!  This is quite a popular trail and there are many options once you get out there to hike and explore. As always with Pacific NorthWest weather, make sure to check the weather conditions before leaving as it can change quite fast. 


5: Washington: Maple Pass Loop in the North Cascades

maple pass loop

Who doesn’t love a loop hike? This is one of the best in the Cascades, climbing moderately most of the way to a long romp along a ridge with top-of-the-world views of some of the North Cascades’ most iconic peaks.

At 4,800 feet, when you arrive and step out of your car, your first order of business is to decide whether to hike clockwise or counterclockwise. If you choose a lake with your loop, head counterclockwise and climb toward Lake Ann, a destination in itself for many hikers. At 1.3 miles, you’ll reach a signed intersection for Lake Ann; head another half-mile to reach a dreamy mountain watering hole.

At about 8.2 miles roundtrip, this is a moderate level hike with beautiful views of Mount St Helen’s and definitely one of the top on our list if you're around the Washington area. 

5 Amazing Day Hikes In Vancouver, BC This Summer!

5 Amazing Day Hikes In Vancouver, BC This Summer!

5 Amazing Day Hikes Near Vancouver, British Columbia

As Vancouver's hottest days are upon us, this is the perfect time to start planning some day hikes in the Pacific NorthWest! 

What I find most amazing about our home base in Vancouver is living in an urban environment but still having amazing backcountry wilderness on our doorstep. All of these 5 hikes are within 1-2 hours driving distance from the city of Vancouver and they can be completed in a single day. 

1. Dog Mountain

The Dog Mountain bluffs offer the best-hike-to-view ratio in the Lower Mainland. It is a quick 25 minutes drive from downtown and it only takes about 1 or 2 hours to complete.

The trailhead begins just past the Bear’s Paw lodge at the far end of the Mount Seymour parking lot. In the summer, the Dog Mountain bluffs and the other ridgelines higher up in Mount Seymour Provincial Park are an excellent place to watch meteor showers and observe the northern lights. While you can’t camp on the Dog Mountain bluffs, there are many backcountry camping spots in the park where you can camp with a view of the sparkling lights of Vancouver from your campsite.

2. Stawamus Chief

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The Stawamus Chief, or “The Chief”, is the second largest free standing granite outcropping in the world (after the Rock of Gibraltar). There are three domed summits you can hike to, all accessed by a trail that starts on the side of Stawamus Chief Provincial Park near Shannon Falls. The lowest dome takes about 3 hours and the highest dome takes 5 hours (all times are return trips).

The Chief in Squamish is also a world-famous rock climbing destination. Many professional climbers will spend the summer months living in the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park campground at the base. There are also day climbing tours available in the nearby town of Squamish to climb one of the many challenges routes on the front face.

For more info feel free to check out this link by Outdoor Vancouver

3. St. Mark’s Summit

A spectacular view over the mouth of Howe Sound. You can see Bowen Island on top left, the smaller Anvil Island to the right and the mountains of Vancouver Island fade into the clouds in the distance.

St Mark’s summit is an intermediate hike that starts by the Cypress Mountain day lodge. It winds 11 km along the Howe Sound Crest Trail. It takes about 5 hours to get to the summit and back.

If you’re really ambitious and you want to hike the entire Howe Crest Sound Trail it takes 1-2 days to hike the full 32 km. There are many other mountains along the trail that have much better views like the Binkert Lions, Unnecessary Mountain and Mount Harvey, but St. Mark’s Summit is the easiest hike and the other peaks can be difficult to reach until mid-to-late summer when the snow has melted.

4. Mount Cheam

Mount Cheam is the highest peak in the Fraser Valley but also one of the easiest climbs thanks to a logging road that gets you within a one-hour hike of the summit. The road is snowed-in for most of the year so the best time to go is between July and October.

The backcountry forest road can be accessed from Chilliwack Lake road and you will need a 4×4 vehicle. You can find more information on how to get there on the Mount Cheam hike page provided by Vancouver Trails.

5. Garibaldi Lake

The view of the aqua blue waters of Garibaldi Lake and Mount Garibaldi from the Panorama Ridge.

The 3-hour hike up to Garibaldi Lake is a tedious trek along seemingly endless switchbacks. But once you arrive at Garibaldi Lake you will be blown away by just how insanely beautiful this glacial lake is. While it can be done in a day, it is better to spend a few days at the beautiful campground along the southern shore.

Book ahead at the Garibaldi Lake Provincial Park campground and from there you can hike to Panorama Ridge, the Battleship Islands, Black Tusk (a highly recommended 3 hour hike from the campground where you can see Whistler and the Pacific Ocean from the same peak), Cheakamus Lake and the amazing wildflowers in the Black Tusk meadows (best seen between the middle of July and middle of August).

There you have it, our 5 Amazing Day Hikes in Vancouver, BC this Summer! Looking to Rep Your Pacific NorthWest on the trails? Pick up your PNW Lifestyle Swag here

After a Decade, Oregon's 40-Mile Hike is Finally Opening

After a Decade, Oregon's 40-Mile Hike is Finally Opening

The Pacific Northwest is famous for its rocky peaks, bright mineral lakes, and national parks, and with hiking season upon us, the states that make up Cascadia will soon be buzzing with backpackers. This year, a beloved Oregon hiking trail will be rejoining the ranks after spending an entire decade under repair.

The Timberline Trail is an easily-accessible backpacking route that wraps around Mount Hood, just outside of Portland, running at 38.4 miles long and reaching 8,000 feet high at its peak. After suffering a debris wash-out in 2006, the disrupted section of the path was repaired last September, making this spring season the first time in a decade that adventurers can once again take on the entire trail uninterrupted.

Taking an average of four days and three nights to traverse, the challenging hike is labeled as 'difficult' and requires preparation and experience – but the beauty of the classic Oregon route is definitely worth the sweat. Providing views of the Cascade volcanoes (including Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, and the Three Sisters), the stunning and renowned trail also provides views of the western Coast Range, Portland city, the Williamette River, the Columbia River, and the eastern desert.

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