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Backpacker Magazine – June 2005

Ultimate Summer Escapes: The Best Dayhikes and Backpacking Trips Near You

Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.

by: Melissa Wagenburg


©Dave Schiefelbein
Camp amid sand castles at Indiana Dunes.
Seattle

In the city

Portage Bay Sea-kayak the Emerald City's exotic side, then feast on zesty fish tacos.

Rent a kayak at the Agua Verde Paddle Club, then choose your own adventure: Turn right for a nature outing, or left for a tour of the city's working waterfront. The former entails a 1.5-hour paddle to the Washington Park Arboretum past sea turtles and eagles, and a stroll amid Japanese maples. Opt for the industrial circuit, an expedition of up to 3 hours, and you'll float past old crabbing boats and shipyards where massive vessels await repairs or a fresh coat. Both options are best topped off with a catfish taco at the Agua Verde Cafe.

Get There The cafe is on NE Boat St., across Lake Union from downtown.

Get Info Kayak rental is $15 per hour, $25 for 2 hours. (206) 545-8570; www.aguaverde.com/kayak.htm

Daytrip

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Hike to an alpine ghost town.

Come Saturday, Seattle's REI-addicted, Clif Bar-fueled denizens drive east, hunting for a day's adventure off I-90; give 'em the slip by heading north on I-5. You'll find jagged mountains in every direction, including both sides of the old railroad grade to Monte Cristo (8 miles round-trip), a circa-1890 gold- and silver-mining town. Side trails riddle the ruins and roam every which way past old machinery. At the end of the townsite, take the steep 1-mile spur trail to Glacier Falls, where you'll find many a good lunch rock and sightlines to glaciers and hulking 7,000-foot peaks.

Get There The trailhead is at Barlow Pass in the town of Granite Falls, 43 miles north of Seattle.

Get Info Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, (800) 627-0062; www.fs.fed.us./r6/mbs




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steve
Jul 18, 2011

if u come to texas now bring your own ice

oscardougal
Jul 14, 2011

Ummm...sea turtles?

MJ
Jul 14, 2011

DC's "Central Park" is Rock Creek Park. Head in there and you'll forget you're in the big city!

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