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April 17  |  By Jessi Loerch
See art and adventure meet at book release, film showing Artist, author and rock climber Jeremy Collins will present his new book and movie at 8 p.m. Monday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle.



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April 16  |  By Jessi Loerch
The two parking lots at the Big Four Ice Caves will be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18, for emergency training. The trail will also be closed.

The ice caves are on the Mountain Loop Highway, east of Granite Falls.



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April 16  |  By Jessi Loerch
National parks will be free on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the start of National Parks Week.



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April 13  |  By Jessi Loerch
2 Stevens Pass lifts will be open through Wednesday Stevens Pass Mountain Resort opened to skiers and snowboarders on Sunday and will stay open through Wednesday, conditions permitting. If more snow falls, it’s possible a few more days will be added.

Following a low snow year, the ski area had been closed since March 14.



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April 12  |  By Jessi Loerch Herald Writer
Last fall, the Suiattle River Road opened after being closed for more than a decade. The road led to a number of popular trails, including the Suiattle River Trail.

After years of little maintenance and powerful winter storms, that trail, and many others in the area, are in need of a lot of work.

The Washington Trails Association is holding a number of work parties on the trial beginning April 28. They welcome volunteers to come out and help spruce up the...

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April 10  |  
The Wonderland Trail has become so popular that Mount Rainier National Park has cut off reservations for this year already. Here's a press release from the park with details:



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April 10  |  
Patagonia gear: Patagonia gear experts will be at Feathered Friends, 119 Yale Ave. N., Seattle from noon to 7 p.m. on April 15. They will help repair gear, regardless of brand, and offer used gear for sale. If you don't have your own gear that needs fixing, they'll supply some. Fix it and you can keep it.

Free: National Parks will waive entrance fees on April 18-19 to celebrate the beginning of National Park Week. And on April 22, state...

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April 10  |  By Jessi Loerch
See the tulips from above in mesmerizing drone video Have you been up to see the tulips yet?

With such an early spring, they bloomed early. Farmers have already started topping some tulips. (Topping means clipping off the faded blooms.) But plenty of fields still have color and the farmers' display gardens will be kept up as long as possibly.



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April 8  |  By Jessi Loerch
Craig Romano, who has written many books about hiking in Washington, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way.



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April 7  |  By Jessi Loerch
Last chance to visit Monte Cristo before area closes April 15 Monte Cristo townsite, a popular hiking destination off of the Mountain Loop Highway, will be off-limits beginning April 15. The area will be closed to allow work to clean up toxic metals that are leftover from mining in the area.

You can read more about the clean-up work in an earlier story here.



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April 7  |  By Jessi Loerch
Take an easy stroll to Sultan River on new trail I am continuing my campaign to convince my daughter, 4, that hiking is awesome.



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April 5  |  By Jessi Loerch Herald Writer
Spectacular gorge on Sultan River will open to kayakers April 25 Kayakers have had few opportunities to paddle the Sultan River since a dam went up in the 1980's. Now, thanks to an agreement with the PUD, they'll get a few guaranteed days to play each year. The first is coming up soon.

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April 3  |  By Jessi Loerch
When you can't be on trails, find fellow hikers online About a year ago, Lee Jacobson noticed a Facebook group for hikers. It had members from all over the world. He liked the idea, but thought it would be even better with a local focus.

So, he told a friend, Michael Restivo, that he wanted to create a local Facebook page and asked if he'd be the first member. Restivo agree and Jacobson created Washington Hikers and Climbers.

Jacobson had modest...

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April 3  |  
Salish sea: Meet Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph K. Gaydos, the authors of the new book "The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest" and learn about the Salish Sea at 6:30 p.m. on April at Jackson Center, EvCC. Since 2008, the Salish Sea has been the name of the combined inland marine waters of Washington and British Columbia. Complementing the colorful and compelling book will be a showing of the independent film "The Unknown Sea: A Voyage...

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April 2  |  By Jessi Loerch
You won't need to pay to park at state parks on Saturday. Each year, Washington State Parks designate a number of free days. Saturday is the third this year. Check out where to find state parks here. (The North Puget Sound region and

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April 1  |  Herald staff
North Cascades Highway will open on Friday The North Cascades Highway will open at 10 a.m. on Friday. Here's a press release with details from the WSDOT:

WINTHROP – In one of the fastest reopening efforts in the North Cascades Highway’s 42-year history, Washington State Department of Transportation crews expect to swing open the winter closure gates to traffic at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3.



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April 1  |  By Jessi Loerch
Freeze-dried haggis, alpine scuba diving and other outdoor innovations You know what I've always wanted to take on my backpacking treks? Haggis. Now, thankfully, I can finally make that a reality. Thank you, Mountain House.



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March 31  |  By Jessi Loerch
After a closure for roadwork, the south shore road at Spada Lake is open again, according to the Snohomish County PUD.

The road to Spada Lake itself also re-opened recently after damage caused by flooding.



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March 29  |  Herald staff
Take advantage of early spring with outdoor fun all around Northwest With the mild winter we've had, options for outdoors fun are different than they'd usually be at this time of year. Here's a roundup of ideas from around the region.

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March 27  |  By Jessi Loerch
North Cascades Highway could open by April 2 If everything goes smoothly, the North Cascades Highway could be open by April 2.

Barring equipment breakdowns or other unforeseen events, traffic should be able to travel across the scenic highway by Thursday, April 2, or Monday, April 6, said Don Becker, who oversees the highway opening for the Washington State Department of Transportation.



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March 25  |  By Jessi Loerch Herald Writer
SULTAN — Sultan Basin Road, which provides access to Spada Lake, is open again after two areas were damaged in early January, Snohomish County officials say.

Flooding near the Olney Creek Bridge washed out a section of road, taking out about 200 feet of asphalt. That area was repaired in mid-January. Crews used large rocks to help re-create the base for the road and then re-covered it.


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March 24  |  By Jessi Loerch
In late April, kayakers will get a rare chance to paddle the Sultan River below Spada Lake.

As part of an agreement during the relicensing of Culmback Dam, the Snohomish County Public Utilities Department agreed to release water a few times each year for kayakers.



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March 24  |  By Jessi Loerch
Sometimes, it's good to suffer on a hike "Why are we doing this again?" my friend Michelle asked as we pulled into the parking lot at Mount Rose.

Michelle is my most-frequent hiking companion and in January, over a glass of wine, we wrote down a bunch of dates for hiking. The idea was to plan hikes well in advance so they didn't get crowded out by other responsibilities. So far, it's working out well.



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March 24  |  Herald staff
With the low snow levels this year, access is opening earlier than normal to some areas at Mount Rainier National Park.

Projected opening dates have been announced for a number of areas. Visitors should note, however, that services and facilities in some areas may be limited until the summer employees begin work and facilities are dewinterized.



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March 23  |  By Jessi Loerch
The state Department of Natural Resources wants to offer more recreation opportunities for hikers, kayakers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and rock climbers in a large area along I-90.



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March 23  |  By Jessi Loerch
See elevated nature trail before it opens to the public The first public walk on the Northwest Stream Center's new elevated nature trail is from 10 a.m. to noon on April 11. The walk will be hosted by zoologist Tom Noland, naturalist Lori Powlas, and stream ecologist Tom Murdoch.

The walk will introduce people to the interconnections between forest, wetland, streams, fish and people.



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March 19  |  
New bike store: Bayside Bikes, 2707 Colby Ave., is holding a grand opening with beverages and giveaways from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. They’re also having a community kickoff featuring community leaders from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on March 25. The shop will offer bike sales, repairs and rentals. Get more info at www.baysidebikeseverett.com.

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March 19  |  By Jessi Loerch, Herald Writer
See gray whales with new trips out of Edmonds marina Each spring, quiet but impressive visitors show up in the waters between Everett and Whidbey Island. The gray whales, about a dozen each year, visit in spring, eat all the ghost shrimp they can, and then depart to continue their long journey to Alaska.

Even though they're huge, larger than a school bus, if you want to really see the whales, you need to get out on the water. On Saturday, a new boat, the Chilkat Express operated by Puget Sound Express, will begin offering...

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March 15  |  By Jessi Loerch Herald Writer
Trip on Beaver Lake trail perfect for converting a reluctant hiker "I don't like hiking," my 4-year-old daughter told me recently.

"Oh, really," I said mildly, while trying to contain my horror.

If my own daughter doesn't like hiking, I'm failing as a parent. And it's going to be a long childhood for her. We do a lot of hiking.

So, when I had a free day, I told Hazel we were going on a picnic. She was instantly on board. It turns out 90 percent of parenting is just effective marketing.

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March 13  |  
Mountaineers Books are putting passion and adventure on the stage. This is the second year for their Be Wild series. They hope the talks inspire people to seek adventure, connect with nature and work to protect wild places. The first talk is at 7 p.m. Tuesday with John Roskelley, who is best known for mountain climbing. More recently, he turned his attention to paddling. His new book, “Paddling the Columbia,” is a guidebook to the entire 1,200 miles of the river.

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