10 Incredible Summer Hikes in Washington State

Attention outdoors lovers! Are you itching for a new adventure but can’t pick a destination? Well, it’s a good time to visit The Evergreen State. You will be astonished by a stunning diversity of landscapes it has to offer. From the deserts of Eastern Washington to the rain forests and beaches of the Olympic Peninsula, and from the long range of peaks in the North Cascades to the active volcanoes of Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, Washington State is spectacular. Although it may not be known for the best weather all-year-round, the summers here are one-of-a-kind. Here’s a list of ten incredible summer hikes that show off just how beautiful this state is:

1. Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout
Mount Rainier National Park – 7.5 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Moderate

Trover photo by Mark Lloyd.

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August 2017 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to IntentionalTravelers!

Who are IntentionalTravelers? They’re Jedd & Michelle Chang, former Peace Corps volunteers turned digital nomads.

Trover Travel Scholarship Recipients - Intentional TravelersVia the IntentionalTravelers blog, Michelle & Jedd inspire & equip every-day people to seek out transformative travel experiences across the globe. They note that “experiencing a world outside of our own bubble has the power to make us better people.”

IntentionalTravelers joined Trover “to share the hidden treasures we find along our travels and to find new places to try nearby, wherever we go.” Be sure to follow IntentionalTravelers on Trover where they share life-changing discoveries from around the world.

Where to next for this globetrotting couple? IntentionalTravelers will celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary with an epic trip. During their celebratory 10 Countries, 10 Stories: Global Neighbor Project, IntentionalTravelers will share “the every-day lives, hopes, and dreams of our neighbors a world away.” You can join their journey via their blog! You can also find IntentionalTravelers on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

IntentionalTravelers’ favorite Trover finds including natural wonders & cultural experiences. (Left to right: Switzerland’s Chemins des Vignes; Uxmal, Mexico; and the Mau’umae Trail on Oahu.)

Thank you, IntentionalTravelers, for sharing your eye-opening photos & inspiring travel tips with the Trover community! We can’t wait to see what you find on your upcoming adventure! Enjoy the $500 for travel!


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#TakeAHike Photo Sweepstakes Winner

Jaw-dropping discoveries await when you explore beyond the beaten path—proven by the winning entry of our #TakeAHike Photo Sweepstakes! Congratulations to Where I’ve Been Wandering, aka Sarah Brown, for this monumental find from Alberta, Canada. Sarah is the lucky winner of a $1500 Expedia travel prize!

Hiking trail with rocky outcropping and river.

The winning #TakeAHike discovery from Alberta, Canada. Photo by Where I’ve Been Wandering.

You can experience this rockin’ river wonder on the outskirts of Banff in Johnston Canyon. Sarah serves up great info about hiking in the area and what it takes to reach this natural treasure. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your epic photo and tremendous travel tips with the Trover community. Be sure to follow Where I’ve Been Wandering on Trover to find out where she wanders next. Congrats, Sarah!

Thank you to everyone for sharing your top-notch spots to #TakeAHike! Your rise-and-shine adventures, take-your-breath away views, and quiet reflection left us ready to strap on that backpack and hit the trail. Be sure to thank your favorites and discover your next spot to #TakeAHike!

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#TakeAHike Photo Sweepstakes

Strap on that backpack, fill your lungs with fresh air, and soak up the heart-stirring vistas—it’s time to #TakeAHike! From cliffside climbs and beachside backpacking to forest trails and mountain treks, tell us where to #TakeAHike for your chance to win $1500 for travel!

Hikers on the trail at Chamonix, France

Upload your #TakeAHike photos to Trover for your chance to win. Photo by Jean-Pierre Fontaine.

Show us your favorite spot to #TakeAHike! Whether you’re a local adventurer who strolls the scenic loop and meanders rolling hills or you’re the far-flung mountaineer exploring off the beaten path and blazing trails from base camp, share your hiking photos & tips with Trover. . . You could win a $1500 Expedia Travel Prize!

Upload your photos by July 31, 2017. Write a few lines about your discovery and tag each one #TakeAHike with your description to enter into our sweepstakes for a $1500 Expedia Travel Prize. The more your share, the better your chances. Check out the full list of #TakeAHike photos for inspiration!

#TakeAHike Photo Sweepstakes – a photo list by Trover

How to Enter the #TakeAHike Photo Sweepstakes:

1) Upload an original photo of an interesting discovery or experience that prominently features a hiking activity or fits the hiking theme. You can upload to Trover.com or the iOS App or Android AppBe sure to upload before the contest ends at 11.59 p.m. PT on 31 July 2017.

2) Write a couple of lines about your discovery. This could be details about the destination or activity, tips on how to find it or what to do there, or any interesting facts or stories about your discovery. Include “#TakeAHike” in the description field.

3) Et voila! You’re entered to win the $1500 Expedia voucher!

This is a Sweepstakes. The more eligible photos you upload, the higher your chance of winning!

This sweepstake is only open to NEW Trover photos. Add yours by July 31st to be considered! 

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Questions? Talk to us at feedback@trover.com.

July 2017 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Jessica Bowler!

Who is Jessica Bowler? She’s a freelance writer and translator based in Barcelona. Originally planning to visit Spain for 6 weeks, Jessica has called it home for 6 years and counting! Be sure to follow Jessica on Trover where she shares delightful finds and detailed travel tidbits from Barcelona and beyond.

Photo of Jessica BowlerFor anyone planning a trip to Spain, Jessica suggests visiting multiple cities & regions to enjoy the distinct vibe and personality each has to offer, noting Barcelona is “worlds apart from the cities in the south of Spain…”

Jessica also recommends you “sit back and enjoy the relaxed pace of Spanish life… The sights are wonderful, of course, but take time to have a long lunch or a stroll with no particular destination in mind, and you’ll get a taste of what makes the country such a lovely place to live.”

Jessica’s recent explorations include Italy and the UK. Where to next for Jessica? “I hope it’s somewhere with a beach!” Find inspiration & tips for your own adventures on Jessica’s blog Barcelona Blonde. You can also say “Hola!” to Jessica on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

Photos from Jessica Bowler's travels, including Los Angeles & Barcelona

Jessica’s favorite Trover discoveries including unexpected finds and her favorite spots to share in Barcelona. (Left to right: L.A.’s Grand Central Market, Barcelona’s Convent of Sant Agusti & Spain’s Gracia festival.)

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos & detailed travel stories with the Trover community, Jessica! We can’t wait to see more of your adventures (perhaps from that beach!). Enjoy the $500 for travel!


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