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Welcome to Spring in Washington: The Gearhouse Guide to Getting Outside This Spring

Updated: Apr 30


Spring in Washington

Spring is officially here in Washington. The sun hangs in the sky a little longer each day, and the temperatures have started rising. While we're sad to say goodbye to winter, spring’s arrival means it’s the time to dust off our hiking boots, bikes, and paddles. The longer days give us more time to spend outside doing what we love. If you're wondering how to best spend spring in Washington, continue reading below for Welcome to Spring in Washington: The Gearhouse Guide to Getting Outside This Spring.


Washington Spring Skiing


Washington Spring Skiing


While we're looking forward to hitting the trails this spring and summer and ditching the extra layers, the diehard skiers amongst us will savor our last few weeks of snow. Spring skiing in Washington may not bring the best snow conditions, but there are always the occasional late-season powder days, and bluebird days are plentiful. Spring skiing doesn't get much better than backcountry skiing on Adams or St. Helens, or other peaks. If you don’t have backcountry ski experience yet, now is the time to start thinking about the skills, gear, and fitness you’ll need to be skiing volcanos next spring.


Spring Hiking in Washington


Spring Hiking in Washington


While many of the state's high-altitude trails and backpacking routes are still covered in snow, there are plenty of low-altitude trails to explore this spring. Check out some of our favorite spring hikes near Seattle below. 


Mailbox Peak


Mailbox Peak

Located just outside of North Bend, Mailbox Peak is challenging and steep. Its trail is a 9-mile loop that gains a whopping 4,000 feet of elevation, giving hikers unreal views of the surrounding Cascades and the valley below. Make sure to pack plenty of drinking water.  


Rattlesnake Ledge


Rattlesnake Ledge

Rattlesnake is probably the most popular trail near Seattle, but it's still worth revisiting from time to time as the hike brings ever-changing vistas in close proximity to the city. The trail is located just before North Bend, off I-90. The hike takes trekkers up 1,160 feet to a ledge overlooking Rattlesnake Lake in a four-mile out-and-back.


Wallace Falls


Wallace Falls

Follow the Woody Trail along the Wallace River to the famous Wallace Falls. There are nine waterfalls total along the trail. With the 1300-foot elevation gain might seem daunting, the Lower and Middle Falls stops offer great views with a fraction of the effort. The trail is just over 5 miles to the Upper Falls and back.


Spring Mountain Biking in Washington


Spring Mountain Biking in Washington

As the days get warmer, it's time to transition from skiing and snowboarding to traveling on two wheels. While you can't hit the bike trails at your favorite ski resort until summer, there are plenty of places to ride in the spring. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced rider, Washington offers a plethora of mountain biking opportunities for all skill levels. From the rugged terrain of Tiger Mountain to the beginner-friendly trails of Duthie Hill, there's something for everyone. So, dust off your bike, grab your helmet, and get ready to hit the trails this spring.


Make the most of spring in Washington with Gearhouse. As Seattle's only outdoor social club, we host group events, outings, and trips year-round. Whether you're thinking of hitting the trail on two wheels or on foot, stop by Gearhouse for all your Seattle outdoor gear rental needs. Beyond affordable outdoor  gear rentals, a Gearhouse Membership gives you access to exclusive events and one-of-kind activities


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