Photo by @washingtontrails
Thanks to everyone who entered our 2017 photo contest! We'll be announcing winners in early January (winning photos are also featured in our annual calendar which you get by becoming a WTA member), and we'll be putting up Flora and Fauna finalists for a public vote in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for that!
While we wait for the annoucement, here's the 1st place winner in the Trail Family category from last year, taken by Brian Koning. Brian said he “settled” for this stunning campsite after the place he’d been planning to camp was already occupied. It was the first backpacking trip with his whole family, including his 4-, 6- and 8-year-old kids. For the first family trip, they chose Anderson Lake, which he calls a “high-yield hike.” “It’s not a terribly difficult hike, but the payoff of incredible scenery and relative seclusion is amazing—perfect for backpacking with kids,” he says. As his family got ready for bed, he couldn’t resist stepping away to take a photo. “It was such a great experience, filled with rockhopping, frog-catching, geocaching, marshmallow roasting, star-gazing and log-jumping, that our kids all agreed that the next time we go backpacking, we have to stay more than one night!” #washington_state_photo #findyourpark #nps100 #northcascades #npwest #pnwonderland #pnw #upperleftusa #nps #cascades #northcascades #optoutside #outdoors #outsidetime #mountrainiernps #olympicnationalpark #hurricaneridge #winterwonderland #optoutside #washingtonstate #washingtonstateferries #washingtonstatefair #washingtonstateparks #pnwonderland