Rachel DavidsonExplorer

Mountain climbing, trail running, and writing all about it. New to Seattle! Hit me up to show me around or go on an adventure.

Summit South Sister via Devil's Lake Trailhead

Deschutes County, Oregon

Not only is South Sister a stunning image and visible from hundreds of miles throughout Central Oregon, but it is a great beginner climb to introduce hikers to high altitude mountain life.

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Hike Montara Mountain

Half Moon Bay, California

Montara Mountain is an easy summit to add to your Bay Area peakbagging list, a fun hike for families and dogs, or a challenging trail run that will leave your calves screaming.

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Run Leif Erikson Drive

Portland, Oregon

Leif Erikson Drive is a wide dirt road running through the heart of Forest Park that is closed to motorized vehicles…making it a magnet for those looking to add some relatively easy and scenic distan.

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Hike Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion

Portland, Oregon

Lower Macleay Park is one of most easily accessible trailheads in the city, especially during one of Portland’s rare snow years where even driving up to 500 feet of elevation can challenge your car.

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Hike the Summit Trail Loop at Smith Rock

Terrebonne, Oregon

Smith Rock State Park is an iconic PNW canyon that's become one of the rock climbing capitals of the country, and known worldwide for its sport climbing routes.

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Run or Hike the Outer Loop of Tryon Creek

Portland, Oregon

Tryon Creek State Park has a fantastic, well-maintained trail system that’s a great alternative to Portland’s downtown Washington Park and Forest Park.

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Run the Circumnavigation of Redwood Regional Park's Ultimate Trail Loop

Oakland, California

It’s difficult to have a car in San Francisco, but oh-so worth it when it comes to weekend getaways, especially with all the Bay Area has to offer.

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Run the Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail

Seattle, Washington

The Washington Park Arboretum is the perfect place to swing through if you're looking for a short and gentle trail run without leaving the city.

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Run Springwater Corridor Trail

Portland, Oregon

Springwater Corridor is a 40-mile paved trail that stretches from downtown Portland all the way to Boring.

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Run the Round Lake Loop at Lacamas Park

Camas, Washington

This trail is a great option for people who want to escape the city, without actually leaving.

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Run Sawyer Camp Trail

San Mateo County, California

The Sawyer Camp Trail is a popular paved trail that stretches alongside the Crystal Springs Reservoir all the way to Hillcrest Blvd.

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Climb the Aiguille du Midi-Plan Traverse

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

The Aiguille du Midi Cable Car is the #1 tourist destination in the world’s capital for extreme sports, Chamonix.

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Hike Mt. Bachelor Sunrise to Summit

Bend, Oregon

The Sunrise to Summit Trail on Mt. Bachelor is the easiest and most straightforward way for peakbaggers to reach the summit of one of Central Oregon’s classic volcano climbs.

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Summit Middle Sister via Renfrew Glacier

Lane County, Oregon

If you’ve been anywhere near Central Oregon, you’ve seen the Three Sisters Mountains dominate the skyline. Each of these volcanoes exceeds 10,000 ft.

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Climb Mt. Shasta via Avalanche Gulch

Siskiyou County, California

The Avalanche Gulch route is the second easiest, non-technical route to the summit of Mt. Shasta after the Clear Creek Route, but is by far the most popular.

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Climb Mt. Baker via the Easton Glacier Route

Concrete, Washington

The Easton Glacier route is one of the mountain’s most popular and likewise, most crowded. Check out Mt.

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Hike East Peak in the Wallowa Mountains

Joseph, Oregon

The Wallowa Mountains are one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon – and rightfully so. Also dubbed the “Oregon Alps,” this range has over 30 mountains over 9,000 ft. in elevation.

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Reverse Summit of Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

Mariposa County, California

Yosemite's Panorama Trail is undoubtedly one of the most scenic and worthwhile trails in the entire national park.

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Hike Kendall Peak

North Bend, Washington

Kendall Peak is an easily accessible summit hike just off of Exit 52 of I-90 that offers spectacular 360-degree views of the entire Snoqualmie range.

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Climb Mt. Shuksan via The Sulphide Glacier Route

Concrete, Washington

The Sulphide Glacier is the easiest and most popular route to the summit of Mt. Shuksan, and is a great beginner’s glacier + rock climb. More experienced climbers may enjoy the Fisher Chimneys route.

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Hike Sunday Peak

Posey, California

This short and easy summit is located just outside of Kernville, California. To get there, follow Highway 178 towards Kernville and turn left on Highway 155 towards Wofford Heights.

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Hike to Steelhead Lake through McGee Creek Canyon

Mammoth Lakes, California

Whether you’re looking for a dayhike near Mammoth Lakes, planning a backpacking trip along the JMT, or have a few extra hours to spare on a cross-California road trip, this is an easy and popular tra.

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Scramble Thompson Peak

Junction City, California

This adventure begins at the Canyon Creek Lakes in the Trinity Alps wilderness. Park at the Canyon Creek Trailhead near Junction City and hike the well-maintained and easy-to-follow trail for 8 miles.

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Backpack the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Besisahar, Nepal

The Annapurna Circuit Trek continually ranks as one of the most famous and popular treks in the entire world.

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Hike Boundary Peak

Dyer, Nevada

Boundary Peak received its name because it straddles the border of California and Nevada.

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Backpack the Three Passes Everest Base Camp Trek

Khumjung, Nepal

The Three Passes Trek is a seriously challenging, seriously awe-inspiring high-altitude trek through the Nepalese Himalayas.

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Climb Kala Patthar

Khumjung, Nepal

Kala Patthar (also spelled Kala Pataar, Kala Pattar), is one of the best ways for ordinary hikers to reach extraordinary heights in the heart of the Nepal Himalayas.

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Run or Hike the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail

North Bend, Washington

This beautiful tucked-away trail offers runners, hikers, and backpackers a new view of their favorite neighboring peaks - like Mailbox Peak and Mt.

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Road Bike from Chamonix to Col des Montets

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

This classic cycling destination out of Chamonix Valley is perfect for reasonably fit people looking to summit a mountain pass on wheels.

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Backcountry Camp in the Canyon Creek Drainage

Junction City, California

The first half of the Canyon Creek Drainage is one of the most popular destinations within the Trinity Alps, but the second half goes largely unexplored and uninhabited by sojourners.

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Hike Around Gokyo Lake

Khumjung, Nepal

The Gokyo Valley lies just to the east of Renjo La Pass – the final obstacle to those completing the epic 3 Passes Trek in Nepal.

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Climb Cerro Aconcagua via the Normal Route

Luján de Cuyo, Argentina

Cerro Aconcagua is the tallest mountain outside of the Himalayas, the highest point in the Western Hemisphere, and the second-highest of the Seven Summits behind Mt. Everest.

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Backpack the Langtang Valley Trek

Syapru Besi, Nepal

The Langtang region of Nepal is also known as “the valley of glaciers” for good reason.

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Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route

Rombo, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world since it stands alone from any mountain range, making its size and height all the more impressive.

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Hike and Climb Mt. Elbrus

Terskol, Russia

Mt. Elbrus is considered to be the second simplest of the Seven Summits, after Kilimanjaro.

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Walk the Canemah Bluff Loop

Oregon City, Oregon

You'll never stumble upon Canemah Park unless you're really looking for it.

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Climb Imja Tse (Island Peak)

Khumjung, Nepal

Most people climbing Island Peak are adding this summit onto an extended 3-week long Everest Base Camp Trek, this climb occurring after a visit to EBC, between days 10 and 12.

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Run the Suttle Lake Loop

Sisters, Oregon

Beginning at the Suttle Lake Lodge just off Highway 20, the Suttle Lake Loop follows a wide dirt path that circumnavigates the entire lake.

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Climb Cheget Peak

Terskol, Russia

Cheget Peak isn’t just one of Russia’s premier ski and snowboard destinations; it’s an awesome acclimatization climb to the European peak of the Seven Summits, Mt. Elbrus (18,510 ft.).

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Run the Clackamette Park Loop

Gladstone, Oregon

Clackamette Park is known for its prime destination right off of the freeway and across from Oregon City's most popular shopping area, but it's frequented for its public boat dock, RV facilities, and.

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Hike to Kicho Tal (Ice Lakes)

Bhakra, Nepal

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most famous high-altitude trekking routes in the world, and rightfully so.

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Climb the Aiguilles Crochues Traverse

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

The valley of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is most well known for the mountain it’s named after, Western Europe’s highest peak.

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Climb Stok Kangri

Leh, India

Stok Kangri is located within the larger area of Ladakh, closest to its capital city Leh (11,562 ft.).

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Hike Above Leh Palace


Wherever you go in Leh, you won't be able to miss the Leh Royal Palace.

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Hike from Pabongka Monastery to Sera Monastery

Lasa Shi, China

This route follows a narrow goat and yak trail high up in the hills overlooking the capital of Tibet.

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Kayak Lake Phewa

Pokhara, Nepal

Looking for those postcard views of the Annapurna range you see in Lakeside stores? You'll have to work for them (or at least, wake up early).

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Take a Boat Tour on Lake Baikal

Listvyanka, Russia

Most tourists who visit Russia spend their time in the Eastern European region, staying far west in a country whose width spans over 6,000 miles.

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Take a Walking Tour of Gyantse

Rikaze Shi, China

The starting location of this adventure is set at the city's largest hotel, aptly named Gyantse Hotel.

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Run Old River Road to George Rogers Park

West Linn, Oregon

Portland and its surrounding suburbs are filled with trails and hidden treasures, including this stretch along the Willamette River.

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Take a Walking Tour of Leh

Oceanside, California

This walking tour is provided by Leh Ladakh Tours, also known as Trekking in Ladakh, and introduces tourists to this incredibly unique city in the heart of the Indian Himalayas.

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