Natala Menezes

beautiful views + lakes!

we did this hike at the beginning of July as a loop. It was awesome - we had perfect weather and there were still tons of wildflowers. There were also an amazing number of mosquitoes! We camped at lunch lake - truly awesome. We jumped in the lake - a great reward after the uphill climb. We ate dinner inside our tent to avoid mossies. The sunset was amazing! The hike across the high divide is lovely - the views of mt olympus are grand. The second half of the loop back is all downhill and goes quickly. A few notes: - the signage isn't ideal -- we missed the exit to lunch lake (because the sign said 7 lakes basin!) and hiked part of the high divide! whoops... - friends went in late summer and it was really really dry, this hike seems better in spring or fall when you get wildflower or fall colors - permits can be hard to get for the best spots.

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about 5 years ago

Alpine Lake awesomeness

Pratt lake was my first camping destination in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Definitely plan enough time to get to lake to set up camp! We left late, with heavy bags and ended up camping at Olallie lake and day-hiking out to Pratt and lower and upper Tuschohochie lakes. I liked Olallie better in the end, but it is always better to end up where intended! This whole area is awesome - beware early season mosquitoes!

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about 5 years ago

run the outer loop to get a 5k

Classic lake run in Seattle. Upside - beautiful views, and other runners to pace you. Downside - dog watching! they can be a bit distracting :) Sunset runs around this lake + a crisp breeze make it a perfect fall run.

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about 5 years ago

The loop is trail running perfection

Discovery Park is my go-to for a quick run. I add a few variations off of the primary trail, including two sets of stairs, to make the loop 4 miles. With the amazing views of rainier, the sound and Elliot Bay, this loop is the best of the best. It is also a relatively easy - but still interesting - trail running grade and very well maintained.

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about 5 years ago

splish splash fun on lake union

kayaking around lake union is a ton of fun - highly recommend heading out to montlake to kayak underneath the 520 bridge and out to the arboretum. it is lovely!

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about 5 years ago

best set of stairs in SF

great views, great stairs. crowded on the weekends!

popular trail + soak-able springs

In late August the trail was hot, dusty and covered in poison oak. We did the 10-miles in, camped at Sykes, then did 10 miles out the next day. It's a good slog out there - with some nice views of the mountains (but no coastal views). The hot springs were a little "meh" -- but lazying in the river after the sun-exposed hike was nice. Because of the popularity, it can get busy...and we had a variety of neighbors that kept things interesting. There are semi-designated camp spots along the river. I'd recommend going further along the river to find more private camping locations. Definitely bring a filtration system for water.

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about 5 years ago

chilly outdoor swim, SF classic

it can be cold, but on a sunny day and with a little bit of coverage this can be a fantastic place for a swim. I usually go with a neoprene cap + silicone cap plus goggles. It is a good workout!

beautiful sunsets and sunrises, easy to hike to

We hiked from the Bear Valley ranger station to Wildcat in Mid-Sept and it was a relatively easy hike through the woods. Roundtrip was 17 miles - we took a side trip along the coastal trail. The views from wildcat are awesome. When booking, select one of the camp sites along the cliff -- the sites are still protected from wind. We had campsite 006 and had our own private cliff point overlooking the ocean. We saw amazing sunsets and sunrises. Also, each campsite has a picnic table. The bathrooms at wildcat are maintained, but when we were there they were packed with flies. This campsite is a true gem along the pacific coast.

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about 5 years ago

glampy camping

Ventana is a wonderful - but busy - campground. The location is ideal - quick access to all the wonderfulness of Big Sur, but it is also a large and popular site and can get noisy when packed. Highly recommend asking for one of the further out campsites (where you have to walk from your parked car just a few feet to your site). The redwoods are lovely. The bathrooms are awesome - beautifully designed and they have hot showers (for a fee). They sell firewood at check-in, which makes lighting a fire in the ring-fires easy. There's a fold-over grill as well! All the sites are level and large enough typically for multiple tents.