Step Outside - Washington WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 Step Outside - Washington 144 144 Wed, 22 May 2019 13:38:55 -0500 10 Best Ski Destinations for Families in Washington State The Pacific Northwest features some truly majestic mountain ranges, making it a prime location to put on a pair of skis and take full advantage of the winter. Whether you enjoy a leisurely ride down beginner-level slopes or tearing it up at the terrain park, these awesome ski destinations are perfect for everyone’s taste. 

If you’re looking for a friendly, affordable, and fun place to take the family this winter and you love outdoor sports like skiing and snowboarding, check out Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area in Port Angeles, Washington. Located high in Olympic National Park, this mile-high ridge has some of the most amazing scenic views anywhere in the state. Small and family friendly, there’s an average of 400 inches of natural snowfall every year at Hurricane Ridge, making it a premier destination for winter fun. Open mid-December through March each year on weekends and some holidays, there are 10 trails to explore, youth and educational programs like ski and snowboard schools for toddlers, groups, and individuals.

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Mount Baker in Bellingham, Washington, is classified as an active glacier volcano that gets an average of 682 inches of snow a year. There are over 1,000 acres for skiing, eight lifts, and 38 runs. Part of the Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ski Area is happy to be your family’s winter skiing destination. They make special efforts to give thorough instruction for beginners, and packages for ages seven and up include a lesson, ski rental, and all-day lift ticket. 

Family fun and adventure await for families with children aged three and up at The Summit at Snoqualmie near Seattle, Washington. A fun-filled half-day program called Alpentykes is available for little ones, and there’s a Try before You Buy program that lets you convert your ticket into a season pass if you fall in love with the snow. Military and group discounts are available.

Your family’s first ski trip should be memorable, and a trip to Crystal Mountain in Enumclaw, Washington, is just the place to make sure that happens. This family friendly winter ski destination offers quick and easy loading and unloading zones, and ticket centers, restrooms, lockers, ATMs, and restaurants are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Playing outdoors is sure to build a healthy appetite, but no need to worry with a nice variety of places to eat that feature kid favorites like pizza, chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, and burgers to grown up favorites and the best hot cocoa around.

The mission of Loup Loup Ski Bowl, located in Winthrop, Washington, is to make sure there’s a fun and safe place for families and individuals who love outdoor sports. Staffed by experienced skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, you can rest assured that your young ones and you will get the best instruction on safety and having fun on your winter vacation. There are over 300 acres of terrain that fits beginners to advanced skiers and snow boarders, and don’t worry if you’ve forgotten something at home. Stop by the rental shop for apparel, boots, kids’ and adult rental equipment, and other necessities.

When you’ve been around for almost 90 years, you learn a few things. This renowned skiing community at Leavenworth Trails in Washington knows about outdoor winter activities. They have world-class Nordic and alpine trails for skiing and snowboarding for those with a competitive and adventurous spirit, but the main mission is to promote health, fitness, and fun when participating in skiing and other winter activities. There’s a tubing park that takes you belly first down a 100-foot drop, and you can snowshoe, ski jump up to 27 feet. And don’t put your bike away for the winter! Try the fat biking program for some extra special fun. 

Don’t let the polar bears and penguins have all the winter fun this year! Plan your winter family vacation at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort in Wenatchee, Washington. This volcanic ridge is the perfect place to experience snow-capped peaks and valleys and provides one of the best places for beginners to learn. First trip or fiftieth, you’ll find everything you need on site like skis, boots, and other gear and apparel items from national brands. There are lessons available for groups and individuals, and kids from age three through adults. 

More than 350 inches of snow falls annually at White Pass in Naches, Washington, and there are 45 runs for beginners through experts covering more than 1,400 acres of some of the most scenic areas in the Evergreen State. Winter activities include cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, nature watching, and more for you and your family. Lodging is available at the base of the mountain and higher up. Whatever your favorite winter sport is, you’ll find your next family adventure here. 

Located in the southwestern part of Washington near Dayton, Ski Bluewood is perfect for your next family winter vacation. With more than 300 inches of the frosty white powder annually, it’s great for snowboarding, skiing, sledding, and tubing for all ages and skill levels. There are great local restaurants and lodging choices and over 400 acres of skiable family fun that includes 24 trails, three terrain parks. There’s something for everyone.

49 Degrees North Mountain Resort near Chewelah, Washington, is no small ski area. With over 2,300 acres and 54 runs with five lifts, once you visit, you’ll find it hard to leave. This winter wonderland and playground first opened in 1935, but is now known as one of the premier spots for winter fun. The EZ 1-2-3 Program encourages everyone five years-old and up to get out on the snow and learn to ski or snowboard. They even have a Little Nugget Program for little ones aged two to six, and a Mommy/Daddy and Me program. Fun for all!

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10 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Washington State Whether you’re looking for ideas for a romantic getaway for two, a place where you can go with the family to escape the winter blues, or a fun friends weekend away, winter doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying the great outdoors. Washington is a beautiful state where you can sit back and relax or get out and enjoy the winter wonderland. Here are the 10 best winter cabin camping spots in the state. 

Winter recreation was never more fun than at Dash Point State Park in Federal Way, Washington. Add to your winter fun by staying overnight in one of the modern camping cabins near Puget Sound. Each cabin can house up to five guests, and a small kitchenette is provided. Cabins are rustic, however, so you’ll want to bring along warm clothing and linens. Pets are permitted in specific cabins only and for an additional fee. Bathrooms and showers are separate from the cabins, but just a short walk away. 

You can have your own private retreat at one of the nine cabins offered at Alpine Lakes High Camp in Leavenworth, Washington. Whether you want a romantic weekend getaway or a family vacation, you’ll find the right cabin for your activity level. Each private one-room cabin has a gas stove, propane wall lamps and cook stove, dishes and cookware in the kitchen area, and mattresses and pillows. All you need is food, drink, sleeping linens, and your imagination. Larger cabins can sleep 6-10 people and may have a loft above the main room. 

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This gorgeous log cabin is a special part of Alta Crystal Resort in Greenwater, Washington, and is the perfect place to say, “I love you” whether it’s your honeymoon, your 50th anniversary, or when you just want to remind your special someone. Built for two over 30 years ago, each detail of the interior was carefully planned and created for comfort. There’s a large stone fireplace where you can cuddle up and enjoy a glass of wine or hot cocoa, a small fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower and tub, and a heated tub outside. This is a true “glamping” experience.   

It’s fitting that the year-round cabins at Dosewallips State Park in Brinnon are surrounded by evergreen trees since Washington is known as the Evergreen State. Escape every day routines for a weekend or longer in the rustic cabins available. Each has electric heating and lighting, and bathrooms are located within walking distance. Up to five guests can sleep overnight, and there is a cabin that’s handicap accessible. Bring your own linens. Cooking is permitted in cabins with kitchenettes. 

Don’t let the name of this Washington state park fool you. Deception Pass State Park, located on Whidbey Island, is anything but deceptive. With breathtaking views of Puget Sound and Mount Baker right outside your windows, you can rest comfortably in safety and security in one of the six cabins available year-round. Designed for rustic cabin camping, each unit has plenty of sleeping space, a small kitchenette, and electricity for heat and cooking. Bathrooms with showers are located nearby, and pets can come along for an additional fee in some cabins. 

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Need a break to beat the winter blues? Come to scenic Ike Kinswa State Park in Southwest Washington for a getaway from the mundane. Bring along up to four family members or friends and make it a fun getaway with beautiful views of Mayfield Lake. Cabins have electric heat and lighting and most have kitchenettes for cooking your favorite wintertime meal. Bathrooms with showers are available nearby, and you can choose to enjoy the quiet or venture out in the winter wonderland. Open year-round.

When you experience the serenity at Twin Harbors State Park near Westport, Washington, you may not want to leave. This secluded and beautiful area of the state is the perfect getaway for friends or family to reconnect and have fun this winter. Stay in one of the five rustic cabins available. You can take turns cooking your favorite comfort foods in the kitchenette, play games, share stories, and just chill in the electric-heated units. Bathrooms and showers are located a short distance away. Open year round, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of this before. 

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Gorgeous and comfortable, you’ll find everything you need for a winter getaway at Shuksan. This three-bedroom two-bathroom cabin is the perfect mountain getaway with wood-burning fireplace for cozy evenings in. Open year round, ask about other cabins available for rent during the winter. 

Ever wonder what winter was like in the mountains? Pearrygin Lake State Park in Winthrop, Washington, is a destination you have to experience to believe. Located in the Methow Valley in the north central part of the state, you and your family or friends can stay overnight in one of the rustic cabins that include electricity, a small kitchen with microwave, coffee pot, cooktop, and refrigerator, and bathroom. Showers are located nearby, but separate from the cabin. Linens aren’t provided, so make sure to pack your favorite warm blankets to cuddle up with at night. Pets can come along for an additional fee in certain cabins. 

Not your typical winter camping cabin, Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout in Mount Spokane State Park is a unique experience. There is no electricity in the lookout, but you can bring your own food to prepare on the propane stove. Step outside on the wraparound deck and view the amazing landscape of the valley and mountains from 5,000 feet up. Up to four people can stay overnight, but pets can’t. 

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9 Best Winter Camping Spots Around Washington, D.C. Winter camping offers the perfect opportunity to escape from reality and explore nature in one of its most beautiful, albeit tough seasons. Washingtonians are lucky to have innumerable camping spots nearby to explore, regardless of the season. Bundle up, pack your firewood, and head out to any of the following below! 

Algonkian Regional Park is a great spot near Washington, D.C. to camp in the winter. In fact, they even have discounts on winter bookings! The park has trails, an 18-hole golf course, and more. 

Adventure Bound Camping is a well-known chain of camping resorts throughout the country, and their Washington D.C. location is well-equipped for the winter camper. They offer full hookup sites, pull thru, back-in, and primitive sites.

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George Washington and Jefferson National Forests covers over 1.8 million acres and boasts a large section of the Appalachian Trail. Winter campers will find plenty to love at their cabin, campground, dispersed camping, group camping, and RV camping sites.

Bull Run Regional Park is only 27 miles outside of Washington, D.C., making it a perfect spot for district winter campers to find a campground. The park is open year-round, but check their website to find which amenities are available during the winter.

Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Maryland, boasts that it’s the closest RV park and campground to D.C., making it one of the easiest spots to pitch your RV. You can even take public transportation to and from the district. They’re open all year.

In the mood for a unique winter camping experience? You won’t do better than the Treehouse Camp in Rohrersville, Maryland. Choose from tree houses, tree cottages, wooded tent sites, and field tent sites, each with different prices. 

Green Ridge State Forest is open year-round, and is totally free to enter. The forest offers 100 primitive campsites and beautiful woodland surroundings, making for a cozy setting by the campfire. 

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Greenbelt Park is only 12 miles outside of Washington, D.C. and features 174 campsites, three picnic areas, and nine miles of trails. While you likely won’t be hiking much depending on the weather, the park is an easy spot to travel to step outside of the city.

The Dolly Sods Wilderness stretches across Grant, Randolph, and Tucker Counties in West Virginia, and is not for the faint of heart even when the weather is good. In the winter, the Wilderness provides a true challenge, as the best spots require hiking to find campsites to pitch a tent. But the wintry views are magical, so if you’re up for a challenge, don’t rule it out. 

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9 Best Apres Ski Activities at Leavenworth Winter Sports Club For those who love winter and everything it brings, Washington state’s beautiful Leavenworth is a great place to visit. The entire town is reminiscent of a Bavarian village with restaurants, skiing, sledding, snowboarding, winter festivities, great food, and more just waiting for you. Next time you’re visiting Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, check out the abundance of wonderful apres ski activities to enjoy!  

If you’re craving a beer garden after a day on the slopes, this place will certainly quench your thirst and give you a fun time. München Haus is an outdoor courtyard that “loves bringing people together through great craft beer and food experiences.”

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Snowshoeing has become a very popular and fun winter activity, and visitors to Leavenworth will love the Snowshoe Adventure Trail at Icicle River with trails that take you over the river and through the woods, to the wonderful terrain that await!

Fat bikes are designed with extra wide tires so you can navigate on snow, and the Fat Bike Trail at Icicle River is one of the best around. You’ll see gorgeous winter sights of the Cascade Mountains in the distance as you ride around well-marked trails. Who said bikes were only good on dirt?

Kids (and adults) of all ages will enjoy riding downhill on their own sledding tube, and your tubing ticket is good for six runs on the same day. No reservations are necessary, and there’s a lift to take you back to the top. 

Stop by the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm for “a warm, personal & unforgettable experience.” The farm offers you a chance to get up close and personal with these beauties! Much like these creatures, you spend your days thriving in these lovely winter conditions. For all the animal lovers out there, a stop at the farm is a MUST.

What else would you expect to find in a bakery called by this name than traditional gingerbread cookies? Winter wouldn’t be the same without this tasty treat, and if you really love all things gingerbread, there are houses and other goodies to enjoy. With a tasteful menu of sweets and savory eats, it’s a great place to gather and share stories of your time on the slopes. 

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This is a great place to sit back and relax while enjoying a European atmosphere. You’ll need to refuel after spending the day in the snow and there isn’t a better place in Leavenworth to do it! With a great selection of beer, wine, and house-made cocktails, you can listen to live music on Friday nights while you feast on signature menu items like the eight-ounce bourbon burger, roasted port hocks, Sauerbraten, wild boar, and smoked venison bratwurst.

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With over 7,000 nutcrackers, you’ll have a ball deciding which one is your favorite if you can! Visited each year by people from around the world, self-guided tours occur every day, and there’s even a special scavenger hunt. This is the perfect place to bring the whole family.  

This is what Leavenworth is called in the winter months. That’s because the entire village is adorned with over a half-million colored lights from the beginning of December through mid-February. It’s a sight to see, so make sure to walk around after a day filled with carving the mountain. There are holiday festivals to enjoy and live musical concerts throughout the winter season. 

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Best Winter Weekend Getaway at Lake Wenatchee State Park Washington is a state full of scenic beauty and Lake Wenatchee State Park near Leavenworth is one of the best. This sprawling postcard-worthy park affords numerous outdoor activities to its visitors. From an invigorating hike, downhill skiing, tubing, and ice climbing to enjoying a wonderful meal in a cozy restaurant or sitting by a fire with your favorite hot beverage, you’ll have plenty of fun to share with friends or family. Here’s how to have the best winter weekend getaway at Lake Wenatchee State Park. 

This beautiful nearly 500-acre park features the perfect example of what Washington is known for: cross-country skiing, sledding and snowshoe hiking opportunities, dogsledding, snowmobiling, camping, and year-round fishing. With an average snowfall of around 150 inches, this truly is a winter wonderland. 

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If fishing is your thing and the idea of winter fishing really sounds appealing, Wenatchee Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities to bait and cast. Carp, salmon, whitefish, steelhead, and cutthroat are just some of the species you’ll find in this peaceful natural lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Check the website for seasonal weather-related closures and make sure to have your fishing license. 

When planning your winter adventure, there are several places to consider. If you like the idea of cozy overnight accommodations with a rustic look and feel, you’ll love Pine River Ranch B&B. There’s a package for whatever adventure you want to have, and amenities include rock fireplaces in each room, jetted tubs, and a delicious homemade breakfast delivered to your room every morning. The breakfast scones served here are legendary. 

If you’re a person who can’t get enough of the outdoors, the campground at Lake Wenatchee State Park is the place for your winter weekend getaway. Open year round, they have first come first serve standard camping available. You’ll wake up to the sounds of nature after a peaceful night sleep and be prepared for whatever the day brings. Fearing the cold? No need to worry, there are heated restrooms, hot showers, warming shelters, and plenty of activities throughout the park to get your heart racing and your body warm.

If you love rock climbing, you’ll love ice climbing, and with a little advanced planning, you can add that to your itinerary. The Northwest Mountain School has experienced guides who can help organize your frosty adventure and make sure everything is for a safe and fun experience. Organized around the Leavenworth area during mid-December to February, contact the school directly for more information and weather conditions. 

You might not be going to Grandma’s house, but you’ll have the time of your life on your old-fashioned sleigh ride as you go over the fields and through the woods. Imagine snuggling under a warm blanket on an open sleigh pulled by not one, but two sturdy draft horses and enjoying the crisp mountain air and snow-covered surroundings. It might be time for a round of Jingle Bells. Afterwards, sit by a warm fire and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.

No trip to Leavenworth would be complete without visiting the Bavarian Village. Holiday lights stay up through the winter until mid-February creating a magical glow all through the town. You’ll hear carols being sung, see chestnuts being roasted over an open fire, and get to taste authentic German foods prepared at several restaurants in the area. And best of all, you’ll get to experience the culture with all the sights and sounds of the German Alps without traveling out of the country. 

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With more than 5,000 nutcrackers on display from around the world, the Nutcracker Museum is another place you don’t want to miss. There has never been a device created in so many designs and from so many different materials than the famous nutcracker. There really are many ways to crack a hard nut! Children especially love this museum, and there are fun activities and information available. 

Leavenworth is one of the best places for all-terrain adventures in any season. Winter is an especially good time to rent a snowmobile because there are over 200 miles of trails to explore. Whether you’re an expert on wheels or this is your first time, this company can equip you with the right machine, give advice on how to navigate the area, and even provide guides to make sure you have a great and safe time. 

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For a great meal featuring German sausages, potato salad, pretzels and mustard, craft beer, and great service in a traditional Alpine setting, check out Munchen Haus. No visit to Leavenworth is complete without experiencing this dining delight. They even have a store, so you can grab your favorite items to take home and share with friends. 

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SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Riverside State Park Located in Nine Mile Falls in the Eastern Rocky Mountain Region of Washington, Riverside State Park is an outdoor lover’s dream come true year round. The largest state park in Washington, Riverside is a true gem. From picturesque hiking trails, to historic sites, to cozy overnight accommodations, here are the best things to do in and around Riverside State Park!  

Known as the largest state park in the state, visitors will have plenty to do in this 10,000-acre recreational wonderland. Rich in diverse landscapes, there are more than 37 miles of hiking and running trails along the Centennial Trail, 55 miles of biking trails, great terrain for rock climbing near Deep Creek Canyon, and 40 miles of trails available for weekend horseback riding every season except winter. There’s even a unique 600-acre ORV area for dirt bikes and snowmobiles that’s open every day from 6:30 a.m. to dusk and 8 a.m. to dusk in the winter. Besides snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skiing are popular activities in the winter. 

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Riverside State Park has numerous natural areas like Nine Mile Recreational Area and freshwater marshes, rivers, lakes, and some of the most beautiful scenic areas in the region making it home to an abundance of wildlife and plants. For those who enjoy birding, there are active eagle and osprey nesting areas, and opportunity for photography. Nine Mile Recreational Area is open mid-May to mid-September and offers opportunities for picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, rafts, and kayaking on Lake Spokane. There are two docks and a boat ramp for launching boats. 

The Spokane House Interpretive Center was the first permanent white settlement in the state, and provides demonstrations and exhibits about the early fur trade and Native Americans in the area. Visitors can use any of the 10 sheltered and 122 unsheltered the first-come, first-serve picnic shelters in the park, or reserve the kitchen shelter for a group up to 50 people. 

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Make sure to stop by the kiosk at Seven Mile Camp to learn about the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps in building the park in the 1930s. The CCC was responsible for building bridges, fire lookout towers, service buildings, and marking trails in areas that were or would become state and national parks throughout the U.S.

Eagle’s Nest Expresso is a great place to stop and pick up a great cup of coffee for an energy boost. Fast friendly service with a smile is what awaits you, and they serve breakfast and lunch. Great for adults and kids, they have indoor and outdoor seating if you want to sit and enjoy your beverage and food. 

This quaint and charming bed and breakfast invites guests to “wake up to the aroma of your favorite homemade baked goods.” Now that sounds good to us! If you’re looking for an overnight accommodation after your long day spent exploring Riverside, head to the River House Bed & Breakfast. The home is situated on 5.5 private acres with area activities including kayaking and fishing to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

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5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Washington State Summer is upon us, and that means getting outside and into nature for us Northwesterners. There’s nothing quite like getting outdoors when the weather is nice, and a great way to experience it is through the rip-roaring excitement of an all-terrain vehicle. If you want to fly through some beautiful trails, here are five cool spots for ATV off-roading in the Evergreen State. 

Ahtanum State Forest offers many miles of off-roading trails for every enthusiast. Most trails are plenty wide for the beginner, and the trail system has plenty of direct trail access camping areas with picnic tables. This Yakima wilderness area is absolutely gorgeous with ponderosa pine forests and lakes along the trails. Make sure to come prepared for rugged camping and tons of fun! 

Go explore the northwest here at Cle Elum, which offers riders a chance to delve into nature. This large trail system offers seemingly endless miles of great off-roading opportunities, and provides multiple campgrounds and trailheads to choose from. Manastach Campground has a novice-friendly ATV loop perfect for those just starting out. The ORV area is densely forested and offers views of surrounding mountains and lakes. Cle Elum should be your next off-roading destination!

Capitol State Forest near Olympia gives riders many miles of off-roading adventure easily accessible from the state’s capital. The northern section of the state forest is open to motorists to camp, ride, and enjoy the beautifully forested area. The southern part of the forest is closed off to motorists but open to non-motorists like hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, so there’s no excuse not to bring the whole family! 

Evans Creek ORV Area near Buckley is a stunning place to go off-roading! With over 40 miles of designated off-roading trails that loop through forests, up and down mountains and meadows, Evans Creek is definitely one of the best spots in Washington to go off-roading! The designated campsite has 23 sites and provide a fire ring and picnic table for the whole family to enjoy. There are no RV hookups, but a water pump and vault toilet are available. A Northwest Forest pass is required and can be purchased online.  

Situated just outside of Cathlamet, the Bradley ORV Area attracts off-roading thrill seekers from across the state and even into Oregon, for its many awesome miles of off-roading trails. There is nothing quite like exploring the beautiful forests of the state than on the back of an all-terrain vehicle. For the ultimate in off-roading exploration, check out Bradley ORV area.

*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.

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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Washington State As summer starts to fade and the air changes to crisp and cool, many people love to step out into nature and enjoy the new beauty of the fall season. The golden honey tones, fiery reds, and lingering shadows are just part of the allure of hiking in Washington State, where the bustle of summer is replaced by the more mellow enchantment of autumn. Below are five of the most stunning foliage hikes in Washington State that will satisfy your yearning to experience nature’s paintbrush. 

One of the most spectacular trails in this part of Washington State is the Ptarmigan Ridge Trail which starts at the Chain Lakes Trail near Glacier, Washington. The trail is rocky and challenging and there is snow on the mountain year-round, so hikers should always have a compass and appropriate gear with them when taking this journey. While on the trail, you’ll see stunning panoramic views from creeks and lakes, and you may be fortunate enough to see some of the local wildlife. After a few miles, you’ll come to a lava field and from here you’ll be able to see the gem of the forest, Mt. Baker, part of the Snoqualmie National Forest. There are many ups and downs along the trail and you’ll encounter places where you have to cross water flowing down the side of the mountain. You’ll see breathtaking views of majestic lupines and sedges with occasional blueberry patches along the trail. The rugged ridges of the mountain peaks are often hidden by a dense fog that eventually lifts on good days. 

No area in Washington State is more interesting than Mount St. Helens. Thirty years ago, the quiet volcano boasted a dense growth of flora and old growth forests. All that changed drastically and forever with the violent and historic eruption of the volcano in 1980, when there was a massive avalanche and earthquake that left a one-mile wide crater on the side of the mountain, sent ash, mud, and lava down, and buried the landscape as it was known until then. What exists now is nature reborn. There are new lakes, valleys, and even a glacier that formed the first winter after the explosion. There are also over 200 miles of trails that can be explored and they provide excellent opportunities for novice and experienced hikers to see the amazing landscape. Every season is a special treat with wildflowers and new forest growth, but fall may be the best time to discover Mount St. Helens. There are three points of access and all provide a different perspective and view. Permits are required and animals are not permitted due to the fragile ecosystem. Hikers should always take plenty of water with them, too, since there is little available on the trails. 

Each season brings something special in color and beauty, but there’s something unique about fall at Larch Lake. Located near Entiat, Washington, the 3.5-mile trail meanders up and down along the Entiat River. The golden needles of the larch trees practically glow in the reflection of Myrtle Lake on the way up to Larch Lakes Trail. Just when you think you’ve seen all there is to see, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by an age-old waterfall cascading down rocks and boulders. Once over the next hill, you’ll encounter a small alpine lake, only to be amazed by a larger one a little further up the trail. You’ll think you’re in another time and place in these surreal surroundings, but after a rest and swim in the brisk lake water, you’ll be able to head down and enjoy the sights again. 

The area surrounding Sullivan Lake near Metaline Falls, Washington, is full of densely populated trees and undergrowth where hikers along the numerous trails may see elk, moose, deer, and caribou from the last herd in the U.S. Part of the Colville Forest Reserve created in 1907 by then-President Theodore Roosevelt and just north of the Colville Indian Reservation, the present forest offers over one million acres of the most amazing rivers, mountain ranges, and natural wooded areas in the state, 486 acres of which are used for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, and fishing. Although there are abundant and photographic scenes of beautiful flowers unique to this area, fall is especially a wondrous time around the lake when the blue sky and fluffy white clouds are reflected in the lake. 

Part of Olympic National Park near Amanda Park in the furthest northwestern part of Washington, Quinault River Valley is a 69-mile river that flows through the Enchanted Valley to the Pacific Ocean. With hiking trails available for any level of participant, you’ll be surrounded by the amazing colors of silver fir, cedar, and alder trees, different varieties of ferns and other vegetation and wildflowers common to this area of the country. You will think you’re actually in a fairytale with the tall mountains of the park in the background and hundreds of waterfalls trickling down the mountain sides earning it the name of “The Valley of 10,000 Waterfalls.” If you’re lucky, you may see bear, elk, eagles, deer, and coyotes on the trail, although caution should always be used when in the wild. Salmon can be found running upstream in the fall, and if you’re a photographer, you’ll find no lack of scenic and mind-blowing places to capture. Whether you want a great place to hike for the day or longer, you can’t go wrong at Quinault River Valley and Enchanted Valley. 

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ATV Off-Roading at Evans Creek ORV Area ATV off-road adventures present the thrill of fast-paced action and challenging trails that test your abilities and boost your adrenaline. There are many places where you can have your chance to experience this outdoor fun, but rules and regulations apply. Check out our great adventure roadmap and several other suggestions about where to find food and coffee, other exciting things to do in the area, and even overnight lodging in case you decide to stay longer! 

What a classic spot to start off your day. While a good portion of their menu features lunch-time eats (Who says you can’t kick off your off-roading day with a hearty burger?), they have several breakfast options served until noon on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends! Their breakfast sandwich features eggs, cheese, and a choice of ham, bacon, or sausage. But their Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich includes two eggs, Swiss and American cheese, ham, bacon, and the special Wally sauce. Throw in a side of hash browns, too! 

Even though there are some limits and restrictions on the vehicles used for off-road recreation, being knowledgeable and having your vehicle up to applicable state laws for compliance and safety will enable you to have an unforgettable time. Open year-round, Evans Creek ORV Area near Buckley, Washington, gives you 40 miles of trails from which to choose and you can decide the level of ride you want from easy to hard. Mount Rainier can be seen along several scenic overlooks and the stop is worth taking. Riding passes are required and can be purchased at local Chevron Gasoline stations or any U.S. Forest Service office. A parking pass is needed, also, and if you plan to stay the night, there are camping fees. 

You’ll probably have worked up quite an appetite after your off-road experience, so you’ll want to find a place that offers great food and fast service. Rainier Bar & Grill in Enumclaw, Washington, has just that. Serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every night except Friday and Saturday when they serve for an hour later, you’ll have a hard time choosing from steaks, seafood, or burgers. 

If you’re spending the night in the area and want to escape for a little adult time to relax, Room 25 in Enumclaw is a great choice. On tap beer selections, wine and the best liquors combined with a comfortable and cozy environment will be just the thing after a fun day off-roading. There are drink special every night, including Happy Hour, Men’s Night, Ladies Night, and Half-Off Apps Night.

This GuestHouse Inn makes for an excellent place to rest your head after a long day of riding! The executive king rooms feature king-sized beds, Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, coffeemaker, and microwave and refrigerator (in case you have leftovers from dinner!). Unwind and relax in a comforting environment after your day on the trails. 

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5 Best Fishing Spots in Washington State Washington State is a treasure trove of great fishing spots. The state boasts thousands of low land and alpine lakes as well as hundreds of miles of marine coastline which are perfect for a fishing adventure. So, grab your rods and head out to these five great fishing spots in Washington State.

Fish Lake is one of the region’s most popular fishing spots, catch your quota of brook trout, rainbow trout and tiger trout. Internal combustion engines are prohibited on the lake which makes for a beautifully quiet and serene fishing experience. The best months for fishing are April through September, so make sure to come on out to fish during the summer months. The state’s department of fish and wildlife keep this lake well stocked with fish, so it increases your chances of catching something great.

Lake Washington between Seattle and Bellevue offers great year-round fishing opportunities to anglers of all types! This lake holds dozens of fish species ranging from rainbow trout, small and largemouth bass, perch, and seasonal opportunities for catching chinook, coho, and steelhead salmon. Dozens of piers dot the bank giving easy access to the lake. There is good fishing all year round, but the best time for bass and trout are in the summer months.

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Nothing is quite as exhilarating or as picturesque as landing a king salmon out of the Columbia River. There is often great opportunity to catch big salmon here. The tributaries such as the Cowlitz and Kalama rivers are a good bet for fishing below the Bonneville Dam. Anglers may also catch white sturgeon here.

This 130-mile-long lake which was created after the construction of the Grand Coulee dam is a fishing paradise in eastern Washington. With over 660 miles of shoreline, choose from over 35 National Park Service run recreation areas, and search for rainbow trout, kokanee, walleye, and smallmouth bass which are the star attractions in the lake. Lake Roosevelt is a true gem of the northwest, with beautiful mountain and forest scenery. Come and catch a few fish here in this beautiful part of the state!

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This urban lake is a great fishery for those looking to get a hook in the water as soon as possible. The well-stocked waters offer rainbow and brown trout ready and willing to get hooked. Seattle Parks and Recreation maintains the entire shoreline and a number of piers along the lake which gives anglers easy access to the entire lake. The best times for fishing are from March through October. As one of the best fisheries in western Washington, Green Lake in Seattle is a must try!

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5 Awesome RV Campsites in Washington State When it comes to immersing yourself in stunning natural beauty, you can’t beat Washington. The Evergreen State is characterized by magnificent forests, breathtaking mountains, and an abundance of wildlife. This is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Next time you’re looking to pack up the family and head out on an adventure, consider an RV. Explore all of the beauty the state has to offer, all from the comfort of your mobile home. Here are five great RV campsites in Washington State.

The Olympic Peninsula/Port Angeles (OPPA) KOA is just about as great as it gets. With a proximity to beautiful forests, waterfalls, hot springs, and of course, the immaculate Olympic Mountain Range—you’ll get to experience the grandeur of Washington to its fullest at this KOA. Amenities include a hot tub and sauna, bike rentals, a dog park, a playground, and more. Participate in regular activities such as bingo, ice cream socials, movie nights, and more. OPPA will quickly feel like a home away from home. 

Lose yourself in nature at this Bothell RV park. Lake Pleasant is conveniently located not far from Seattle and all its exciting attractions, so if you feel like going into the city for the night, it’s no hassle. This is a big rig-friendly site with amenities that include paved interior roads, fishing, nature trails, and Wi-Fi. You’ll find just the escape you’re looking for (without removing yourself too much!) at Lake Pleasant RV Park. 

You’ll have to catch your breath when you first get a glimpse of this stunning state park. At Birch Bay, you’ll find serene seclusion without being too far removed from modern conveniences. This 194-acre park boasts 8,255 feet of saltwater shoreline along Birch Bay and 14,923 feet of freshwater shoreline along Terrell Creek. Terrell Creek Marsh is an estuary in the historic Puget Sound. At the park, you’ll find boating, swimming, and fishing opportunities, an amphitheater, basketball court, six fire circles, and plenty of wildlife viewing. 

Fun fact: Lewis and Clark explored the Starbucks/Lyons Ferry Marina area in 1805 as they headed down the Snake River. This campground is characterized by the 200-foot Palouse Falls, incredible rock formations, and Joso Bridge. Amenities at the site include a snack bar, fishing opportunities, a dog park, playground, kayak rentals, and even an espresso bar! You’ll find everything from no hook-ups to back in, 50-amp, full hook-ups at this KOA. 

You will find both thrilling fun and serenity at Harmony Lake RV Park. Harmony Lake features 80 sites and is big rig-friendly. You’ll be greeted by beautiful lakeside views. There’s a laundromat on-site, fire rings, pedal boats, fishing boats, and canoe rentals. Nearby activities and attractions include the Southwest Washington State Fair (held in August), the Vintage Motorcycle Museum, a dinner steam train, and even a rodeo! 

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5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Washington State Washington has some of the most beautiful places to see the brilliant colors of fall. The fiery reds, golden hues, and earthy browns of autumn come alive all over the state and there are many opportunities to experience this season. Fall hikes, camping, picnics, and scenic drives are time well spent. You simply have to visit these five perfect fall camping spots in the state.   

Don’t put away your camping gear yet. Instead, head up to Ohanapecosh Campgrounds in Mount Rainier National Park, where you’ll experience the vibrant colors and crisp air of autumn. With an elevation of around 1,914 feet and located in Packwood, Washington, Ohanapecosh is just a short distance from Paradise and Sunrise on the southeastern side of Mount Rainier. There are 188 sites and two for larger groups. RVs and tents are welcome and many of the sites can be reserved, while others are first-come, first-served. You’ll have no lack of things to do at this beautiful location, with a hot spring, hiking trails, waterfalls, and amazing scenic views all within a short distance from the campgrounds. The name of the campground means “standing on the edge” and applies to the Ohanapecosh River whose banks rise and fall with the water that runs down the mountain. You can’t see the mountain directly from the campgrounds, but it can be seen from other parts of the park. This is somewhat primitive camping with no showers available and a pass is required to enter the park. Come prepared to purchase firewood on-site and for sudden changes in weather. 

You’ll have the opportunity to experience many adventures at Salt Creek, part of the 196-acre Salt Creek Recreation Area County Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Located on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula, this park was originally used as a military base during World War II, and is now known for being a family-friendly campsite with spaces for RVs and 90 sites for tent camping, half of which can be reserved. While it may be a bit chilly to dip your toes in the reflective lake waters in the fall months, you’ll still be able to picnic, boat, and hike, or photograph the changing colors of the season. The park is free and open all year for day use, but reservations are limited during winter months for camping and a small fee applies. There are plenty of things to do for young and old alike, from kayaking and scuba diving to outdoor sports like volleyball and horseshoes. And if you just enjoy being outside in nature, there’s no better place to look to the stars on a clear night. Those who like to bird watch will be excited to know that part Salt Creek is on National Audubon’s Olympic Loop of the Greater Washington State Birding Trail. 

Meet up with nature in a powerful way at Cape Disappointment State Park in the farthest southwestern corner of Washington. This 1,882-acre camping park is located on Long Beach Peninsula, and visitors who stay up till the sun goes down will experience an ocean sunset from the beach that they won’t soon forget. Imagine standing close to the same spot where early explorers Lewis and Clark stood when they made their journey to the Pacific Northwest. There is so much to do at this park between the hidden coves, hiking trails, two lighthouses, several historic buildings, and awesome beach front camping sites, including yurts and cabins. You can be out on a trail on a sunny autumn day or relax on the beach and watch the tides roll in and out, but one thing is clear—this park is no disappointment. 

You’ll have to be quick if you want to pitch your tent at Moore’s Point in Stehekin, Washington. Part of the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and the further point north on the lake, Moore Point Campground is part of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and is a secluded and limited camping area with only 4 tent sites with fire rings, picnic tables, and boat docking. While visiting for the day or overnight, there are numerous trails and backpacking adventures to enjoy and autumn is the perfect time for visiting. Imagine waking up to the sunshine glistening on the quiet lake and the vibrant fall colors of the surrounding trees reflecting on the water. Start your day basking in the sunshine and sitting on one of the huge boulders around the lake, just soaking in the quiet sounds of nature. Later, go for a hike and cross one of the many wooden walking bridges that go over a rock-laden riverbed below. If you brought a boat, you can leisurely go out on the lake and visit the hidden nooks and crannies along the shore. Return in the evening for a hearty meal cooked over an open fire and sit around the fire ring telling stories of your adventures of the day. Fall asleep for a great night’s rest under the stars. 

Timeless. Memorable. One of Washington’s best kept secrets. That’s how people describe the Staircase region of Olympic National Park. Only a small percentage of visitors travel to this amazing area, and those who do are delighted with the old-forest growth, valleys, slopes, and rivers that comprise this wilderness. Located in the western part of the state, visitors can see at least 6 of Washington’s volcanic mountain peaks, each with its own beauty and impressive landscape. It’s hard to imagine that this place is only 90 minutes from almost every major city in the state. Hikers and backpackers have their choice of several summits to scale that range from 2,000 to nearly 6,000 feet in elevation and are between 4 and 20 miles long. Although some think it’s a bit pricy for parking, there’s no fee for any of the 47 camping sites because it’s a national park. This modern campground offers clean bathrooms, water, fire pits at each campsite, and food storage, but it is first come, first serve, so get there early and check in before exploring. 

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5 Great Hiking Trails in Washington State Washington State has one of the largest state park systems in the country. The Evergreen State offers beautiful landscapes, fantastic scenery, amazing wildlife, and a great reason for time well spent in beautiful nature. You will be amazed with what you can find on a journey into nature, so come explore these five excellent hiking trails in the state. 

Enjoy this beautiful eight-mile loop trail that has it all: beautiful mountain scenery, alpine lakes suitable for swimming, and gorgeous wildflowers in springtime. Suitable for all sorts of trips, go for a short loop hike, backpack trip, or day hike. Stunning views and accessible trailheads makes coming to Chain Lakes Loop in the Northern Cascades mountain range a must! Enjoy the stunning view of Mount Baker in the background as you hike the trail up to Herman Saddle. Witness panoramic views of the area and hike back down to the pristine Iceberg Lake for a refreshing plunge or a quick dip of the feet to replenish yourself. This hike is great for first timers as well as seasoned hikers.

Washington State is lucky enough to have miles and miles of beautiful, untouched coastline. Take advantage of this natural wonder while you still can, Rialto Beach to Hole-in-the-Wall is a beautiful beach hike that is perfect for families. Take an easy stroll on the beach to Hole-in-the-Wall for a pleasant four-mile round trip hike on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Enjoy that enlivening sea air as you meander north up the beach. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of migrating grey whales, orca whales, or sea otters. Get there at low tide to explore tidal pools or hike up onto the adjacent bluff to enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. There’s nothing quite like watching the sun set here.  

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Hike into some of the most beautiful scenery in the state as you take the trail up to Snowgrass Flat. Hike though beautiful wildflower meadows as volcanoes dominate the sky. See Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and even Mount Hood on a clear day. Hike in the beautiful Goat Rocks area, which is a remnant of an ancient volcano that existed well before the birth of the volcanoes we know and see today. This beautiful eight-mile loop hike starts out in stunning dense forest, then as you go up, the forest opens up to reveal the breathtaking views. 

This hike is perfect for the family or beginning backpackers. Start out in a beautiful hemlock forest and make your way up to a well-maintained pathway through wild flowered meadows. After that, you can hike your way down to Anderson and Watson Lakes. This place is particularly great for hikers of all ages, as it is a relatively short round trip hike of only six miles. As a general rule, it is always a good idea to bring insect repellant and sunscreen on all hiking adventures, especially in the peak summer months. 

This short but beautiful loop hike is perfect for a less intensive trek. Naches Peak Loop Trail offers a great range of alpine experiences including mountain views, wildflowers, and even wild berries if you catch it in season. Naches Peak Loop follows the famous Pacific Crest Trail, a long-distance trail running from Mexico to Canada. Hopefully you can meet through hikers along the way, these people are hikers who are amazingly adventurous and dedicated to traversing the entire 2,659-mile length of the PCT. 

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10 Best Archery Outfitters in Washington State It doesn’t matter if you’re a bow hunter or if you’re looking to hone your accuracy with some target shooting, finding the right bows, arrows, and safety gear is essential. Washington State treats its archers right as it boasts a wealth of high-quality local outfitters staffed by expert employees. For top-quality gear and advice, check out the 10 best archery outfitters in Washington State. 

With a great supply of professional gear and supplies for any archery need, Archery World in Vancouver, Washington, has compound and classic bows and crossbows from national brands like Bowtech, Bear, and Easton, to name just a few. No matter what you need from shooting to hunting to target gear, the experienced staff will guide you to find what you want. There are two full-service locations to serve you, and if you need repairs on existing equipment, they can do that, too. Providing great customer service and a fun family atmosphere for all ages, make Archery World your next stop.

Known as the go-to shop for archery needs in the Skagit Valley, Riverside Archery in Mt. Vernon, Washington, offers a huge inventory of supplies, clothing, and accessories to meet your archery needs. No matter what level you are, this family-owned and operated shop has been around since 1988. Featuring reliable products from PSE, Stryker, and Hoyt, the staff goes above and beyond customer service when it comes to helping you get what you need. Open every day except Monday.

Are you looking for top-quality archery supplies? Visit Rock Creek Archery in Enumclaw, Washington, for a great selection of national brands like Bowtech and Diamond. Family-owned, this pro shop has an indoor shooting range that offers leagues, practice sessions, instructional times, and fun nights for all ages and abilities. Open since 2012 and every day except Sunday, you’ll gain self-confidence and improve your archery skills by stopping by Rock Creek Archery. 

Located in Rainier, Washington, Fletch Setter Archery and Range will give you the products and services needed to boost your confidence and ability to be a better archer. With a practice indoor range and dealer certifications from Mathews, Hoyt, Easton, and more, every customer is valued. Services include bow tuning, string and cable replacement, customized arrows and special orders, and lessons starting at age five, they want your experience to be great.

Owner Ted Schindler had hunted most of his life but didn’t always know what to do and was often frustrated by lack of knowledge. As the owner of Lucky Shot Archery in Chehalis, Washington, he’s determined to help his customers overcome the same dilemma. The atmosphere inside the shop is something that sets it apart, too. Known nationwide, there’s an indoor and an outdoor shooting range, and a great fireplace where people can sit and talk and share common stories. With events scheduled to bring people in, especially families, everyone leaves a winner.

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Home of the Skookum Archers, one of the oldest and largest archery clubs in the state, Great Northwest Archery in Puyallup is a full-service shop that features Hoyt, PSE, and Mathews bows, consignment equipment, and offers private lessons and archery parties. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Saturday when they close at 6 p.m., the goal is to encourage and promote archery. If your bow needs to be serviced or repaired, they can do that, too. 

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Bear, Elite, and Black Eagle are just some of the nationally-recognized brands you’ll find at Grizzly Archery in Yakima, Washington. Whether you’re looking for a new bow or piece of gear to go with what you already have, or you need your existing gear serviced, this is the right place for high-quality service and exceptional products. Customers enjoy pressure-free service, and appreciate the attention to detail and individualized help they get. 

The Nock Point, located in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, is a one-stop shop for everything related to archery. They can help you select and purchase the perfect bow package, build arrows to your specifications, offer instruction to improve your performance, and stock almost everything you need from top brands like Easton, Hoyt, and Carbon Tech. Sights, targets, cases, quivers, fingerslings…you name it and they have it. Best of all, they specialize in maintenance and repair work and offer warranties on all inventory. Open every day except Monday. 

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Are you new to archery and looking for a great place to find high-quality products and services? Stop by Camo’d Arrow in Chewelah, Washington. With brands like Hoyt, PSE, and Bear, experienced sales folks will walk you through whatever you need to know. Offering in-store instruction and additional lessons as needed to improve your technique so your experience is a positive one, you’ll find it hard to find better service or prices. 

If you want an exceptional shop that provides a safe and professional environment where people can learn more about and enjoy archery, then come by Spokane Valley Archery in Greenacres, Washington. With 35 years of experience, one of the main goals of this little pro shop is to encourage and promote archery as a great sport by providing the best in sales and service. They offer private individual and group lessons at reasonable prices, and families are welcome to come and take instruction together using the indoor or outdoor ranges. Are you looking for a unique place to hold the next birthday party? You can reserve a spot here where the equipment and a short lesson is included in the price. Spokane Valley Archery is the proud retailer of brands like Bowtech, Hoyt, Mathews, PSE, Bear, and Elite among many others. 

Sooo this happened and I blame my husband @nic_warwick aka #archeryaddict ๐Ÿ™Š ๐Ÿ˜˜ Still love my Hoyt and had really great seasons with it but it’s time to switch it up. So the hubby bought me the new Mathews Avail. I gained about 12-15 FPS and the shot is super smooth. It weighs less than 4 pounds so light enough for packing when you are trying to shed as much weight as possible. Thank you Justin for getting all my stuff switched over before you leave us ๐Ÿ˜ญ. We are truly gonna miss you at SVA. Thank you for all your help over the last several years. The last minute fixes for our family and the fine tuning .....We would not have been successful without you! Good luck in your new adventures! @backcountry35

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10 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Washington State From Lake Washington to the majestic Puget Sound, it’s no wonder fishing is popular in Washington State. Having the right bait and tackle and a little knowledge makes the experience even more fun. Below are some of the best bait and tackle shops around Washington State where you can get everything you need! 

Do you love fishing? Then you should stop by Gig Harbor Fly Shop and see what’s in store. With the goal of going above and beyond and providing great products to enhance the sport of fishing, Gig Harbor Fly Shop opened in 2004. Now devoted to fly fishing, they offer classes, boat rentals and sales, guided trips along Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound, and other local rivers and lakes, and the same great service and products. Open every day.

The year was 1988, and that’s when the fish around the Spokane Valley in Washington began to get nervous. Nothing makes fish more nervous than when people to shop at the independently owned and operated Silver Bow Fly Shop because that’s where anglers of all kinds find the best bait and tackle and knowledge to improve their fishing skills. With brands like Simms, Enrico Puglisi, Fishknat nets, and more, the team at Silver Bow love to talk about fly fishing. Whatever you need for your next trip, stop by Silver Bow Fly Shop any day of the week.

If you want a good selection of bait and tackle for your fishing trip, Jerry’s Bait & Tackle in Port Angeles, Washington, is a great place to stop. Highly recommended by customers on social media sites, it’s because you’ll get more than just great products. You’ll walk away with more knowledge and inspiration to improve your skills from a pro fisherman. Stop by Jerry’s for trusted fishing supplies, bait, and a little fish talk. Open every day except Sunday. 

Started in 1996, Lost Creek Fly Shop in Onalaska, Washington, has become a national supplier for fly fishing bait and tackle. Locally, Lost Creek serves four water sheds where salmon, muskie, bass, bluegill, and several varieties of trout including rainbow, brown, steelhead, and cutthroat. For the best in fly fishing gear, reels, apparel, bait, and more from brands like AirFlo, Gamakatsu, Hareline, and RIO, you can’t do better than Lost Creek Fly Shop. If you want an experienced guide to help improve your skills, they can do that, too. 

Open Tuesday through Saturday, the Confluence Fly Shop in Bellingham, Washington, exists for the sole purpose of promoting and educating about fly fishing in and around the Pacific Northwest, including North Cascades National Park and its beautiful 24-mile Ross Lake. No matter what your preferred fish is, there are freshwater and saltwater locations to try, and the Confluence Fly Shop is your one-stop shop for everything you need.

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Known as having the premier guide service for fly fishing in the central and eastern parts of Washington, there are two convenient locations for Troutwater Fly Shop—Ellensburg and Cle Elum. You can get all your fishing supplies from the fully stocked inventory of brands like R.L. Wilson Rod Co., Scott, Nautilus, and Umpqua among others. They offer special guided trips and events for all ages and gift cards are available. See the website for store hours at each location.

The serious angler knows where to go for downriggers, rods, reels, and other accessories for freshwater and saltwater fishing and crabbing. Located in Everett, Washington, John’s Sporting Goods has a complete line of everything you’ll need. Better than the large box stores, you’ll have personal attention and customer service that is second to none. Very community minded, this little bait and tackle shop should definitely be on your to-visit list. Open every day but Sunday.

For over 13 years, Pacific Fly Fishers in Mill Creek, Washington, has been offering leaders, lines, and luggage, rods, reels, and the right information to make your fishing better, safer, and more fun. They offer a large selection of materials and patterns for fly fishing, host several levels of classes on fly fishing, and have staff who can serve as knowledgeable guides on your next trip. Open seven days a week, they have an online store and free shipping, too. 

Located near Seattle, Washington, Emerald Water Anglers is a well-known and respected fly shop, offering a guide service and international travel outfitting. The shop is open seven days a week, and use the staff’s combined experience and knowledge to teach classes from beginner to expert. If you want adventure and fun, then stop by Emerald Water Anglers. 

With one of the best selections of equipment and supplies for fly fishing in the state, Puget Sound Fly Co. in Tacoma, Washington, is conveniently open every day. They offer a variety of fishing and tying classes, an extensive brand name inventory of rods, reels, flies, and apparel, and events like book signings and fundraisers and auctions to support the local community and raise awareness about fly fishing. 

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