Looking for easily accessible yet off-the-beaten-path outdoor adventures you can do year-round in the mountains near Seattle, Portland, and Bend? Look no further!
Imagine escaping to old-growth forests, snow-capped peaks, waterfalls, and hot springs. This beginner-friendly guide will show you where to go, what to do, and what to look for while you’re there.
Covering the Olympics and West Cascades (Olympic Peninsula, Mount Baker, Central Cascades, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, Deschutes National Forest, and Crater Lake) the book features a robust basics section with tips, gear guides, nature ID, geology, and safety info. Each mountain location includes background information, getaways (to campgrounds, cabins, lodges, fire lookouts, and yurts), and activities (green season and snow season). Green season features spring/summer/fall hikes and backpacking trips, while snow season includes downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hikes, and more. Activities are coded with icons (accessible, near campground, wildflower, berry picking, bird watching, dogs allowed, wow-factor, waterfall) and are indexed by icon at the end. This book will inspire you to get outdoors all year long with beautiful photography and illustrations, evocative descriptions, maps, and all the basics you need to know to go.
NANCY BLAKEY is the author of By the Shore: Explore the Pacific Northwest Like a Local. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives and writes on an island in Puget Sound. The Mountains Are Calling led her to fall in love with volcanoes and waterfalls.
"[A]n easy-access guidebook to the trails, plants, and wildlife that give the Pacific Northwest's mountains their majesty. . . filled with illustrations, packing tips, hiking trails, and mountain cabin getaways. You’ll also find plenty of sumptuous photographs. In short, it’s a vision board for anyone who wants to spend more time in local mountains."
—KING 5, Evening Magazine