The outdoors have been a source of solace for many people in the Pacific Northwest throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you’re just looking for an excuse to get out of the house or want to meet friends or family in a safe environment, the many trails scattered throughout Washington state offer an opportunity to get some exercise in a peaceful setting.
In the winter months, traveling long distances or planning lengthy hikes can be a challenge for some, but local gardens can be an ideal compromise that get you outside and can accommodate most levels of physical activity.
In the article 18 Gardens to Wander in this Winter, the Washington Trails Association features gardens from around the state that offer beauty throughout the year. With little to no elevation gain and usually snow-free, they are also accessible for the whole family.
Looking for a longer hike to enjoy this winter? Check out the Washington Trails Association’s website, wta.org, which includes sections on Winter Destinations, recent trip reports by fellow hikers that you can filter by location, and much more to help you get outside and enjoy the outdoors.