Seattle's Top Events: June 14-20 - Backpacker

Seattle's Top Events: June 14-20

Our 4 favorite excursions for the week.
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1. Walking the Wild Series: Trek New Zealand, Aotearoa - the Land of the Long White Cloud!
When: 7-9 pm
Where: Seattle Program Center, Seattle, WA
Cost: $10-$15 (tickets required)
Details: Imagine a landscape so familiar to Pacific Northwesterners, yet still strikingly different: Vast alpine vistas with shimmering waterfalls, golden-green sheep-dotted hills overlooked by snowy crags, deep fiords carpeted with ancient podocarp and tree fern forests, sweeping white-sand beaches with turquoise water, steaming volcanoes, exotic native birdlife…and friendly, down-to-earth, welcoming people. New Zealand is a nirvana for trekkers who love a physical challenge while surrounded by staggering unspoiled scenery. For backpackers (the Kiwis call them ‘trampers’) the country offers nine “Great Walks” – premier walking tracks of two to seven days length that pass through the full range of the country’s diverse and spectacular scenery, have well-equipped staffed huts, well-formed trails and convenient transport services, and can generally be booked in advance – as well as hundreds of long and short walking trails throughout the country with basic ‘first-come-first-served’ huts and campgrounds conveniently scattered along their length. Public bus and private transport services link the country’s towns and cities with parks, trailheads and major sights, accommodations come in a diverse range from inexpensive to luxurious but always with special “Kiwi hospitality”, and the food and wine scene is surprisingly excellent.

In this fifth presentation in the Walking the Wild series, Mountaineers Cheryl Talbert and Eileen Miller – both having been drawn back to this lovely little country multiple times – will share their experiences and photos from several of the Great Walks and stunning tramping trails, as well as suggestions for how to get around, what to pack and how to plan and book a trip there.


2. Find Your Park: Mount Rainer National Park
When: 9:30-11 am
Where: REI Bellevue, Bellevue, WA
Cost: Free (registration required)
Details: New to town? Looking to explore the great outdoors more in your own backyard? Join REI as we help you discover Mount Rainier National Park. Join us for a look at the history of the Park, where to access spectacular view points, and some favorite hiking routes that will allow you to experience the hidden natural wonders in the foothills of Rainier.


3. Volunteer Opp: Larrabee State Park
When: 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Where: Larrabee State Park, WA
Cost: Free (registration required)
Details: Come out and help WTA enhance and improve hiking opportunities in Larrabee State Park! We are completing maintenance that will keep the Parks popular trails in good shape.

About the Area

Larrabee State Park is where generations of Washingtonians go to experience the only place where the Cascade mountains touch saltwater. Its trail network features serene woodland lakes, stunning sandstone formations and unforgettable vistas.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.

Project Description

Our project will include a variety of maintenance activities. Tasks include improving drainage in places where the tread is muddy, as well as possible trail realignment, building structures where needed and clearing the trail corridor.

Hiking Information

Our hike to the project site is expected to be 1-3 miles roundtrip over hilly terrain.


  • 8:30 AM: Be ready to sign in and meet the crew, rain or shine
  • 8:35 AM: Gather for a safety briefing, then hike to the project site
  • Morning: Work at your own pace, and take breaks throughout the day
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail
  • Afternoon: Consider trying a new task before wrapping up the day's work
  • 3:30 PM: Sign out after enjoying refreshments at the trailhead

4. Urban Trail Run
When: 6-7 pm
Where: Ascent Outdoors, Seattle, WA
Cost: Free
Details: Join us each Wednesday at 6:00 PM for our weekly Urban Trail Runs. Meet at Ascent Outdoors and take off for an hour long run around the city and through the woods with our very own Store Manager/Ultra Runner, Kevin Sparrow. Every Wednesday at 6:00-7:00PM. Runs are FREE.

Meet at Ascent Outdoors
5209 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 91807

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