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I thought climbers might be interested in this list of post-recreation eateries around the state. Hikers and other recreationists contribute millions cheeburga_ron.gif of dollars to local economies in the Cascades and Olympics, and it's important that these establishments know you support them.




Hiking group doles out “Hungry Hikers” awards to the

state’s most loved post-hike eateries


SEATTLE – Most avid hikers are familiar with a scene such as this: you're on the third night of a backpacking trip deep in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and you're starting to get a hankering for something besides freeze-dried food. Suddenly the milkshake and onion ring daydreams start, and there is no turning back.


“It's one of my favorite hiking pastimes...imagining all the great grub I’m going to chow on once I’m back in civilization,” said Andrew Engelson, editor of Washington Trails magazine and author of the online hiking blog The Signpost. “Burgers, double cheese pizza, maybe some chile rellenos washed down with a margarita. And of course, maple bars and apple fritters.”


The May 2006 issue of Washington Trails magazine is dedicated to tasty backcountry trail food, and among the features is WTA's 2006 Hungry Hikers awards, honoring the most loved post-hike eateries around the state. This award list recognizes the 43 best restaurants, diners, drive-ins, bakeries, and espresso stands close to hiking trails where Washington state’s most avid hikers love to eat and relax after a day or even a week of hiking.




“We encourage hikers unfamiliar with these eateries to check them out, and if you happen to chat up your server or a restaurant owner, let them know you're a hiker,” said Engelson. “Hikers contribute millions of dollars to local economies in the Cascades and Olympics, and it's important that these establishments know you support them.”


And you should support them. Because they're good. Cinnamon Twisps at the Twisp Bakery. Melt-in-your mouth ribs at Rhodie's Smokin BBQ. And deep-fried mac & cheese at the North Bend Bar & Grill. (Trust us on this one).


For the whole list of our 2006 Hungry Hiker Award winners, click here:



Do you have a favorite after-hiking dining establishment the list doesn’t mention? You can add your own favorite hungry hiker hangouts on The Signpost blog, at www.wta.org.


Washington Trails magazine is the membership publication for Washington Trails Association, with an audience of more than 12,000 outdoor enthusiasts. Washington Trails Association is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization working to preserve, enhance and promote hiking opportunities in Washington state through collaboration, education, advocacy, and trail maintenance.




Washington Trails Association is the voice for hikers in Washington state. We protect hiking trails and wild lands, take volunteers out to maintain trails, and promote hiking as a healthy, fun way to explore the outdoors.

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