Outcider: Paddling Lake Cushman with Herb
Located on the southwest border of Washington’s Olympic National Park, Lake Cushman formed in a deep glacial claw-mark carved out along the Skokomish River. The 4,000-acre lake is a particularly picturesque place to kayak. The stunning view from the top of Mount Ellinor turns on itself trading the sweeping panorama for the intimacy of the Skokomish River valley and steep slopes.
Peaks & Pints bartenders Erin Miller and Michelle Cove paddled Cushman Tuesday, Aug. 18 with Herb. The Peaks duo raised their Herb’s Cider Triplet cans toward Ellinor as they glided under partly cloudy skies. The crisp and dry cider is made from organic apples co-fermented with lemons and limes. It offers notes of fresh melon, green apple, and white wine with a tart citrus finish. It’s available in the Peaks & Pints cooler with many other canned cider options.
Pro tip: For those who don’t have their own equipment, Lake Cushman Resort offers kayak and canoe rentals.
Directions: Lake Cushman is an hour and 45-minute drive from Tacoma. From I-5 south, follow US Highway 101 north for 35 miles to Hoodsport. Take WA 119 north for 12.5 miles until you reach the lake.
Other canned cider options in the Peaks & Pints cooler
2 Towns Cosmic Crisp
Avid Pineapple Mango
Channel Marker Sunset Surf Session
Ciders of Spain Chai and Dry
Elemental Blood Orange
Incline Prickly Pear
Independent Lavender Perry
Longdrop Vanilla Honey
Portland Tangerine Dreamsicle
Republic of Cider Hibiscus Rose Julep
Reverend Nat’s Revival
Reverend Nat’s Viva La Pineapple
Reverend Nat’s Summer Punch
Schilling Grapefruit & Chill
Schilling Big Zesty Guava Lemonade
Seattle Cider Semi Sweet
Seattle Cider Dry
Superstition Super Station
Swift Tropic Haze
Tieton Bourbon Barrel Peach
Tieton Hazy Strawberry
Tumalo Huckleberry lemon
Union Hill DJ Dry