Hike Bucketlist

I have a lot of trips and a lot of plans this summer!  Between weddings, planned vacations, and moving, I’m not sure I will be able to fit all of these hikes into the summer of 2018.  So this bucket list will very likely stretch into Summer 2019 just so I can avoid general stress and fatigue.

Lulumahu Falls in O’ahu, Hawai’i during a class trip in January 2016.

One of my vacations will be to the islands of Kauai and O’ahu in Hawai’i, so I have listed three hikes in my bucket list below!  I am visiting Hawai’i as a wedding guest for a week with my boyfriend being a groomsman, so I kept my Hawai’i list short in case there are a lot of plans with the bridal/groom parties each day.
Some of these hikes will include a waterfall, and some of them will not.  I am not very experienced as a hiker, so most (if not all) of these will be day hikes.  I have been camping before, but I am not looking to bite off more than I can chew when it comes to hiking and finding great views.
I am hoping I will be in good enough health and shape to take them on when I plan on it!  I am currently dealing with patellar tendinitis in both knees, which makes stairs and hills painful at the moment.  They seem to feel better with more exercise though!  I ran an 8K this past weekend and did not push myself to take long strides or hard sprints, and my knees have been feeling a lot better this week.  I am hopeful that with more strengthening and conditioning, I will be back in shape for these hikes.
Here are the list of my bucket list hikes!  They are in western Washington and the two most western islands of Hawai’i:

  1. Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain near Issaquah, WA
  2. Cherry Creek Falls near Duvall, WA
  3. Mailbox Peak near North Bend, WA
  4. Mount Rainier, WA
  5. Myrtle Falls one the way to Mount Rainier
  6. Twin Falls near North Bend, WA
  7. Storm King near Port Angeles, WA
  8. Makaleha Falls in Kauai, Hawai’i
  9. Laie Falls in O’ahu, Hawai’i
  10. Koko Head Crater Trail in O’ahu, Hawai’i

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