- Happy trails -
Bryan Schaeffer is the founder of BestoftheNW.org, which aspires to improve the quality of life for families through fitness and exploration.
the Best of the NW Project
In this decade-long project our family explored peaks, valleys, beaches, and forests to bring you the best trails within a day’s drive of the Seattle metropolitan area year-round.
Eagle Scout and former Patagonia employee Bryan’s formative years were spent mountain biking, climbing and skiing in Southwest Montana.
Traveling to the NW to attend College at Pacific Lutheran University Bryan was drawn to the rock crags and Cascade Mountains. As a first generation guide of Pacific Lutheran University’s Outdoor Recreation program, Bryan organized trips and guided fellow students to some of the regions main attractions like Tacoma’s backyard Rainier National Park.
Shortly after completing a Bachelors in Fine Art/Graphic design Bryan moved to Seattle to begin his career in design. With the challenges of raising a young family in the city Bryan shifted from weekends spent on the rock to exploring new trails with kids in-tow.
Scheming the next outdoor adventure with his wife and 3 daughters. Bryan combines his passion of the outdoors and professional experience in multimedia to inspire families to get out on the trais year-round.
Washington’s hiking legacy treks on.
Part of our 10+ year journey to explore Washington's best trails. We hiked, shot video footage and GPS tracked over 200 trails and over 40 in Montana.
-In The Media -
Seattle Times Articles & Videos
Best of the NW Trails online
Park & Life Magazine
Nordic skiing article