One Trip Reporter You Otter Get to Know
Most trip reporters are humans, but sometimes a clever critter chimes in with valuable insight from their most recent hike. Meet River, who is helping fellow hikers — and sharing a lot of joy.
Fun fact we bet you didn’t know about sea otters: They can climb, like, really steep mountains — and ski back down them.
Okay, not really. But...kind of.
Meet River the otter, aka trip reporter hikingotter. River’s been reporting about trails since 2017, and my oh my, how this little Mustelidae does get out!
Trip reports are incredibly valuable to the hiking community. They give hikers the information the need to stay safe and have fun — and they provide WTA and land managers vital details to help shape public policy and how lands are managed. And sometimes, they also bring joy the world. This otter? It brings a lot of joy.
Normally otters like sticking to aquatic habitats — places like lakes, rivers, wetlands and oceans — but not River: They’ve been to the top of Mount St. Helens and hiked the length of the North, Central and South Cascades.
And while most otters munch on a diet of fish and crustaceans, River is a vegetarian who much prefers noshing on the wild berries they often find alongside trail.
River has an absolute wealth of pro hiking tips tucked away in their fur that they’d just love to share with you. Check out hikingotter’s other trip reports, and if you see them on trail, make sure to give them a flipper high-five!
Would you like to see an otter out on trail? Check out our list of hikes around the Sound where otters and other wildlife are abundant.
Have you spotted an otter while out hiking recently? File a trip report, and if you can, include pics!
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