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About This Guide
With the warm weather comes more opportunities to step away from our screens and enjoy the outdoors. This guide provides resources for a safe and relaxing start to summer, from hiking to biking, canoeing, and foraging. We hope everyone will have a chance to take a break and explore. Whether on a meditative solo trip or enjoying the company of others, there are many opportunities in our areas for everyone to get out and have some fun in the sun.
National Park Service (NPS): Mount Rainier
Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
National Park Service (NPS): Olympic
With its incredible range of precipitation and elevation, diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. Encompassing nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline.
Washington Park Arboretum
The Arboretum is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Jointly managed by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the City of Seattle, its 230 acres are a dynamic assortment of plants, some found nowhere else in the Northwest.
Washington Trails Association (WTA): Hiking Guide
WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content from eight guidebooks, user submitted info, and data compiled by WTA.
Books and Ebooks Available from the Highline Library
Stay Safe: Covid-19 Resources
Additional BIPOC Resources