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Friday, October 2, 2009

Hiking The Leavenworth Upper Valley

The Leavenworth Upper Valley is now getting fall weather; cold mornings, sometimes below freezing but daytime highs are still getting up around 65 degrees. There is still time to get in a few more hiking trips before the snow flies. The Leavenworth Upper Valley is home to some of the best hiking trails and scenery in the state of Washington.

With cool mornings and warm afternoons a day hike into the foothills of the Cascades would be spectacular. The scenery, birds and wild life, the great outdoors is at your finger tips. Most of the trails are still open and in great condition. The local Range Station is open on Friday and Saturday to get updated maps and information.

Reaching a ridge top and looking down at the valley is a sight to behold. With little to no clouds in the sky, you can see for miles and miles. The lush green valley floor, deep dark green trees speckled with red, orange and yellow fall colors, it’s a piece of heaven on earth.

If you’re not into hiking, try horseback riding. Local outfitters offer trail rides for groups of all sizes and experience levels. Scenic riding trails are available so be sure to bring your camera! You may get that perfect picture of an eagle or hawk flying overhead, deer or elk grazing, coyote or fox off in the distance, a moose wandering the hillside, or maybe even a bobcat or lynx strolling by, not aware of your presences.

The opportunities are endless in the Upper Valley. Relax and enjoy the world around you. Nature at it’s finest.

Featherwinds Lodging is centrally located in the Leavenworth Upper Valley with quick easy access to most activities.


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