Golden Stairway

                               The Golden Stairway … to the Golden Fleece Far from any place anyone might even consider a place, ‘The Golden Stairway,’ is an old, lonely sheep driveway (trail) nestled ... Read More...

Virginia Lilly Loop

A high, undulating trail with changing views of surrounding hills whose south sides are carpeted by grasses and wildflowers and whose north sides are heavily wooded with Douglas firs, ponderosas, and Western la... Read More...

Buck Creek Pass to Liberty Cap

Sarah Shaffer, Liz Dunham and Tana Shaffer (the beast) with High Pass in the background. Marmot Chirps and Snow Daiquiris by Sarah Shaffer Once a year my good friend Liz and I make plans for a one or two night... Read More...

Wedge Mountain (Two Options)

Photo: Winter view from the summit of Wedge Mountain The access for this trail is a dramatic vista-view, contour-hugging Forest Service road which overlooks the Wenatchee River valley from Tumwater Canyo... Read More...

Twin Peaks-East Ridge

When my family saw the special about Steve Irwin (aka the Crocodile Hunter) in the Galapagos Islands, we all laughed when, just before jumping in the drink to harass some new animal, he looked at the camera and... Read More...

Chelan Butte

Saw my first wildflower of the season on a southwest-facing slope of Chelan Butte earlier this week. It wasn’t a Yellow Bell, as those first bloomers so often are, but a Desert Buttercup. My hike on Chelan But... Read More...

Stuart Lake

The trail climbs through shaded forests and wildflower meadows with beautiful views of Mt. Stuart. A nice hike to escape the heat of summer, the lake is a great swimming option for those needing to cool off f... Read More...

Spider Gap

Spiders and Solutions by Andy Dappen Her friends and her husband have told her she needs to do the hike to Spider Meadows and Spider Gap. “It’s a regional classic,” they tell her. There was a time when she co... Read More...