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We are the parks’ sponsors

As beloved a Northwest icon as Rainier beer's "R" is, nobody wants to see its neon curves perched atop its namesake mountain.Nor is anyone suggesting it should, but the National Parks Service, as it

Date: 05/22/2016 | Editorials

Flood damage delays opening of several camping sites

DARRINGTON — Flooding and root rot have set back plans to open all campsites at the Buck Creek and Sulphur Creek campgrounds up the Suiattle River Road.Last year, the Suiattle River Recreation Area...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Local News

Hiker found safe in remote area north of Index

INDEX — Searchers found a hiker safe and healthy Sunday afternoon after she spent the night lost in the wilderness near Blanca Lake.

Date: 05/08/2016 | Local News

Where danger lurks

Caution around water urged after drowning near ice caves

Date: 05/02/2016 | Local News

Boy, 3, survives fall from Oregon cliff that kills his mother

PORTLAND, Ore.— A 3-year-old boy survived a 50-foot fall at a popular Oregon hiking trail that killed his 37-year-old mother.

Date: 05/02/2016 | Northwest

Hiker found dead after fall in Alaska’s Denali National Park

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska — A hiker has been found dead in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve, and authorities believe he fell and suffered a fatal head injury.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Northwest

Trail to dangerous ice caves reopens with new warning signs

VERLOT — The Big Four Ice Caves trail reopened Friday for the first time since a deadly collapse of the caves last July.The Mountain Loop Highway reopened at Deer Creek, about 12 miles east of Verlot, after its annual winter closure. The ice caves trail reopened as well.

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News

Graffiti mars Utah's Arches National Park

SALT LAKE CITY — Rangers at Utah's Arches National Park were investigating large graffiti Thursday that was carved so deeply into a famous red rock arch that it might be impossible to erase, officials said.

Date: 04/29/2016 | Nation & World

Fires leave gaps in California parts of Pacific Crest Trail

CABAZON, Calif. (AP) — Vast wildfires have created lengthy gaps in Southern California sections of the famed Pacific Crest Trail, which hikers must bypass via shuttles or alternate routes to avoid dangerous conditions.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Northwest

Family-friendly hikes

An expert suggests 10 nearby and easy treks

Date: 04/24/2016 | Explore NW

Montana Wilderness Association launches online hiking guide

BOZEMAN, Mont. — A blast of cold, snowy weather swept across southwest Montana the first week of spring, coating the mountains in fresh powder and providing a chilly reminder of winter. But now warmth has finally arrived, and with sunny skies and pleasant weather on the horizon, it’s time to...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Life

Epic rain damages Olympic park trails

The passwords for happy hiking in the Olympic National Park are “caution” and “call ahead.”The fourth wettest winter in 75 years of keeping records in the park’s Elwha Valley has brought out repair crews and closure signs. The rain was 138 percent of normal at the Elwha Ranger Station.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Life

Celebrate, support our National Parks

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."—John Muir, naturalist and author, 1834-1918John Muir, who led President Teddy Roosevelt into...

Date: 04/14/2016 | Editorials

New trails with easier access coming to park near Index

INDEX — More recreation options are coming to Heybrook Ridge, one of the most scenic spots in east Snohomish County.Construction is ongoing on a new trail system on county land that will connect with the U.S. Forest Service lookout trail, county Parks Director Tom Teigen said.

Date: 04/11/2016 | Local News

Eugene buys 100 acres, plans to make it part of trail system

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene has bought 100 acres of forestland that includes a hill with sweeping views and plans to make it part of the city’s ridgeline trail system.

Date: 04/10/2016 | Northwest

Embrace navigation tools, expert urges

Steve McClure wants to change the way wilderness wanderers think about navigation tools.McClure, 57, has been hiking, climbing and scrambling since he took his first trip to Mount Rainier’s Klapatche Park as a child in the 1960s. Navigation piqued his interest from the start.

Date: 04/10/2016 | Life

Sleep at the top of the world in a fire lookout

here is something about splitting wood on the top of a mountain and carrying the logs into a lookout cabin for the evening’s fire that feels perfectly removed from the modern era.

Date: 04/03/2016 | Life

Volunteer to spend a night at Green Mountain Lookout

Ah, temptation: A 360-degree view of the North Cascades, a brilliant star show and a place all your own for a summer weekend.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Life

Oyster Dome a real pearl

Improved trail off Chuckanut Drive makes hike a pleasure

Date: 03/20/2016 | Explore NW

Hike above Oregon reservoir offers memorable rewards

COVE PALISADES STATE PARK, Ore. — Fishing and boating at Lake Billy Chinook on occasion over the past few years, I have often glanced up at the steep, rugged canyon walls that line the reservoir and wondered if there was a way to reach the tops of those cliffs and explore the terrain there.

Date: 03/18/2016 | Life

Mining town cleaned up

Monte Cristo trails decontaminated, opening soon

Date: 03/08/2016 | Local News

The best Washington state appearances in Hollywood movies

Every winter, I’m somewhat embarrassed to confess, my wife and I find ourselves wasting part of a Sunday evening watching the Academy Awards.

Date: 03/05/2016 | Life


3 easy walks that make great day trips

Date: 03/05/2016 | Life

Mountain bikers' dream

Work will begin in May on 20 miles of trails near Darrington

Date: 03/01/2016 | Local News

Rescuers aiding hiker who fell on Mount Si in North Bend

NORTH BEND — Search and rescue crews were working Sunday to rescue a 41-year-old hiker who suffered a broken back in a fall on Mount Si in North Bend.The King County Sheriff’s Office says the hiker fell Sunday afternoon while hiking the 4,167-foot peak about 30 miles east of Seattle.

Date: 02/28/2016 | Northwest

If you hope to camp or backpack this summer, apply soon

With the first hints of warm weather my mind has turned to summer camping adventures. If, like me, you're dreaming of spending the night in a tent or hanging out around a campfire, you should think ahead.Many popular campgrounds fill up months in advance, especially for...

Date: 02/28/2016 | Explore NW

Crews rescue injured woman on Mailbox Peak near North Bend

NORTH BEND — Officials say crews have rescued a 21-year-old woman near the top of Mailbox Peak near North Bend.King County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West says the woman slipped off the trail Wednesday evening and may have a broken leg.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Northwest

Hiker dies after falling into Kitsap County creek

SEABECK — Authorities say a hiker died in Kitsap County over the holiday weekend after he fell into Big Beef Creek.

Date: 02/16/2016 | Northwest

Improved signs at ice caves

After deaths, Forest Service considers a safer path

Date: 02/16/2016 | Local News

Splendor in 3-D

IMAX movie celebrates America’s national parks

Date: 02/14/2016 | Explore NW

Short hike, big rewards

Sares Head trail near Anacortes is perfect for families

Date: 02/07/2016 | Explore NW

Lost Seattle hiker rescued from Mt. Hood

SEATTLE — Search crews have rescued a Seattle hiker who spent one night on Mt. Hood after he got lost hiking near the Palmer Glacier.

Date: 02/03/2016 | Northwest

Needed reforms for state parks and recreation grants program

A legislative maneuver last year threatened to politicize the objective process used to distribute grant money to recreation and wildlife projects throughout the state. But this year, rather than seeking to protect their own turf, lawmakers and the supporters of parks, recreation,...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Editorials

Trail caters to those with a variety of abilities

The 36-mile-long Spruce Railroad was built on the north side of Crescent Lake to deliver old-growth Sitka spruce logs to build airplane frames for World War I. The war ended just before the railroad was completed.

Date: 01/10/2016 | Life

State parks free on Friday; other fee-free days this year

State park free daysNo Discover Pass required to park your vehicle in state parks. Jan. 1: State Parks' First Day HikesJan. 17-18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Date: 12/31/2015 | Explore NW

Spokane hiker dies after falling in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — A hiker was killed after falling 100 feet at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas.The Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the hiker as Brian William Tracy, 25, of Spokane.

Date: 12/27/2015 | Northwest

Start the new year with a guided hike in a state park

Begin as you mean to go on.If you mean to go on a lot of hikes in 2016, perhaps you’d like to begin with a hike. You can of course enjoy a trip on your own, or you can join in on a guided event Washington State Parks.

Date: 12/27/2015 | Explore NW

Stay low, hike far

Where to find excellent winter hiking in the I-90 area

Date: 12/27/2015 | Explore NW

Proposal would close statewide trail without rhyme or reason

Editor's note: The poem below refers to an attempt earlier this year by state lawmakers to close a 130-mile section of the 250-mile John Wayne Trail that runs from Seattle to the Spokane Valley. The legislation failed because of a typographical error.

Date: 12/26/2015 | Commentary

2 stranded hikers rescued near Snoqualmie Pass

SEATTLE — King County search and rescue teams have found two hikers who were stranded west of Snoqualmie Pass.

Date: 12/22/2015 | Northwest

Explore more

Clutter-free gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life

Date: 12/20/2015 | Explore NW

Why to hike in winter

It's a bit more work, but rewards are more than worth it

Date: 12/17/2015 | Explore NW

State closes some Palouse Falls trails

KAHLOTUS — The state has erected fences closing some unauthorized trails around scenic Palouse Falls as a safety measure.

Date: 12/01/2015 | Northwest

Record-setting speed

Edmonds hiker trained for epic hike by going off trail in Cascades

Date: 11/25/2015 | Explore NW

Tips to stay safe while playing outside in winter

Winter is clearly here. After the recent storms, it seems like a good time to check in with some safety basics. Don't let winter keep you indoors, but before you go out to play, make sure you're prepared to do it safely.Itinerary

Date: 11/20/2015 | Explore NW

Storm damaged many national forest trails and roads

Last week's storm with heavy rain, strong wind and snow caused widespread damage to roads and trails throughout Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, rangers say.U.S. 2 is closed at Skykomish due to erosion under a bridge. That blocks access to some trails, including...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Explore NW

Head for the hills

New recreation opportunities in the works in Darrington

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

Future of ice caves

After a deadly summer, the trail to Big Four is likely to reopen

Date: 11/09/2015 | Local News

A new view

St. Helens trail and nearby areas are worth a drive south

Date: 11/08/2015 | Life

Walking on water

Boardwalk at North Creek Park refurbished

Date: 11/05/2015 | Local News

Renton man dies after falling from Little Si trail

NORTH BEND — Officials say a Renton man has died while hiking on Little Si.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Northwest

Start them early

Hike it Baby connects parents and kids for outdoor fun

Date: 11/01/2015 | Explore NW

Volunteers, money sought to maintain Heybrook Lookout

INDEX — Not even scenic mountain lookouts are safe from the greedy hands of copper-wire thieves.The Heybrook Lookout, a hiking destination near Index, has been without a lightning-protection system since...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Local News

Glorious time for inland hiking, biking

SPOKANE — Fall colors, crisp air and blue skies make October a premier month to hit the region's trails on foot or by mountain bike. Whether you have a few hours or a few days, there's a colorful destination ready for your arrival.Gated old logging roads...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Life

Quintessential NW stroll

Recently expanded Guemes Channel Trail a great fall walk

Date: 10/24/2015 | Life

Lost Mercer Island hiker near Teanaway walks 16 miles to safety

ELLENSBURG — Kittitas County authorities say a hiker missing in the Teanaway area of central Washington walked 16 miles overnight to safety.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Northwest

Why the Everett wastewater treatment plant is totally worth a visit

My mother is in town visiting.So I took her to the wastewater treatment plant.I really know how to show my guests a good time.

Date: 10/20/2015 | Explore NW

N. Cascades open but smoky scent lingers

NEWHALEM — On a recent visit, my first sniff when I opened the car door at the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center on the edge of Newhalem told the story: Did you ever put your nose really close to a cold, dead campfire the morning after a wienie roast?

Date: 10/18/2015 | Life

Hiker, 24, dies in fall on Mount Pilchuck

VERLOT — A 24-year-old Snohomish man died while hiking on Mount Pilchuck east of Verlot.The man’s body was recovered late Wednesday morning by the Snohomish County search and rescue team. He was reported missing from his hiking group on Tuesday.

Date: 10/14/2015 | Local News

Precarious perch

Volunteers tackle tough job at Three Fingers Lookout

Date: 10/11/2015 | Explore NW

A perfect fall day

Fast bikes, disc golf and bear tracks at Stevens Pass

Date: 10/08/2015 | Explore NW

The passage of time

How photographer created gorgeous image of Alpine Lakes

Date: 10/07/2015 | Explore NW

7 hikes to do now

Bugs are gone, crowds have thinned and it's time to hit the trail

Date: 10/04/2015 | Explore NW

Edmonds woman sets speed record for Appalachian Trail

A Edmonds woman, 34, has set an unsupported speed record for hiking the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail through 14 states from Maine to Georgia in 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes.Heather Anderson (trail name "Anish") is no fleeting moment in trail-record history. In...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Local News

Sheriff’s office: Mill Creek hiker falls to death near North Bend

NORTH BEND — The King County Sheriff’s Office says a 58-year-old Mill Creek man fell to his death while hiking in Twin Falls State Park near North Bend.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest

For Bothell backpacker, Pacific Crest Trail is a multi-year adventure

Liz Fallin of Bothell grew up spending time outdoors: hiking, sailing, skiing. Her parents were members of The Mountaineers and the fondness for being outside was passed along.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Explore NW

9 days of wilderness

PCT trip is challenging, beautiful and peaceful

Date: 09/27/2015 | Explore NW

Lawmakers’ effort to close part of John Wayne Trail stalls

PULLMAN — A legislative effort to close a substantial portion of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which spans much of Washington, has been temporarily stalled by a wording error.

Date: 09/27/2015 | Life

87 wild miles

Pacific Crest Trail in county is rugged and rewarding

Date: 09/27/2015 | Local News

Trip on the PCT is life changing for creator of popular podcast

When Daniel "Ratatouille" Hepokoski decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, his family and friends wanted him to keep a blog about the trip.

Date: 09/27/2015 | Explore NW

Youth volunteers spend two weeks working on PCT

In late August, a group of 11 teenagers spent 16 days on the Pacific Crest Trail. Sixteen days on the trail is impressive enough, but for most of this trip, the teens weren't only hiking. They were working. Hard. 

Date: 09/27/2015 | Explore NW

Teen survives 50-foot fall in central Oregon

BEND, Ore. — A teen is recovering from injuries he suffered after falling about 50 feet down a cliff in central Oregon while trying to retrieve his dropped cellphone.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Northwest

State parks, national parks, forest service sites will be free on Saturday

Saturday is National Public Lands Day. Entrance will be free to state parks and national parks and parking passes won't be required at Forest Service trailheads. 

Date: 09/23/2015 | Explore NW

Fortunate on the trail

An Edmonds woman's broken hip could have been worse

Date: 09/21/2015 | Local News

4-paw training

How to hit the trail, safely, with your dog

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

A day on the trail with a wilderness ranger

BEND, Ore. — When Drew Peterson tells people he works as a U.S. Forest Service wilderness ranger, they may assume his job is defined by solitude.But that is not always the case: On a busy summer day, a wilderness ranger may stop to talk with as many as 300 people, like...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Northwest

Make way for walkers and cyclists

Here's how great our concern for the condition of our roads, bridges and the other parts of our transportation infrastructure has grown in recent years: At least at the state level, Republicans were the ones to step forward with a gas tax increase to fund a $16 billion transportation...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Editorials

Updated hiking guide to Snohomish County available for free

An updated guide to hiking in Snohomish County is now available. The free guide was written by guidebook author Craig Romano for the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Explore NW

Ice cave deaths predicted

Emails reveal efforts to warn of danger

Date: 09/06/2015 | Local News

Trails less traveled

N. Fork Skykomish offers stunning hikes and backpacks

Date: 09/06/2015 | Explore NW

360-degree views

See 3 volcanoes on this long, but relatively easy, hike

Date: 09/01/2015 | Explore NW

Hike then swim

Boardman Lake is a short, easy trail to a refreshing little lake

Date: 08/27/2015 | Explore NW

Yellowstone park officials execute a grizzly for being a bear

Officials at Yellowstone National Park say they euthanized the grizzly bear who killed and partially consumed a hiker. It was more like an execution.The bear was killed last Thursday, six days after the body of veteran hiker Lance Crosby, 63, was found partially consumed,...

Date: 08/23/2015 | Commentary

77-year-old hikes PCT in Oregon to support search-and-rescue

LONGVIEW — At 77 years old, Carl Lindemaier says he’s in better shape now than he was in his 20s.You need to be in order to hike close to 500 miles across Oregon like Lindemaier did.

Date: 08/22/2015 | Northwest

Tips help rescuers find hiker in Glacier Peak Wilderness

DARRINGTON — A lost hiker in the Glacier Peak Wilderness was brought to safety Tuesday morning.The man, 27, was reported missing and overdue from a hike by his family about 1 p.m. Monday, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Sirens

Journey provides fresh outlook

Man hikes from Arizona to Lynnwood to shake depression, anxiety

Date: 08/18/2015 | Local News

Longtime environmental activist Wendell Wood dies hiking

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Wendell Wood, a longtime environmental advocate and co-founder of the conservation group Oregon Wild, has died. He was 65.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Northwest

No helicopters in the wilderness

Our national forests have long been managed for multiple uses. Congress made the customary practice official in 1960 and specified that...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Editorials

Hike, fish, relax

Rainy Lake is high in the mountains yet easy to get to

Date: 08/09/2015 | Life

More tips for wheelchair-friendly hikes and a new book to savor

Two phone calls last Sunday reminded me of the pros and cons of offering a list of destination options, in this case my suggestions for accessible hikes. One reader pointed out that not everyone in a certain age...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Life

Climbing, hiking and cycling around Mount Rainier

TACOMA — I called it the Rainier Triple Crown, and finishing it proved more rewarding than I ever expected.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Northwest

Team rescues injured hiker on Olympic Peninsula

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said search teams rescued an injured hiker who fell about 100 feet over the weekend.

Date: 08/04/2015 | Northwest

Pacific Crest Trail closed near Suiattle River Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Suiattle Pass north to High Bridge due to a fire that has burned 25 square miles near Lake Chelan.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Explore NW

15 trails you can enjoy in a wheelchair

In my next life, I’m going to write a wheelchair-accessible guide to Washington state, answering all the questions that I asked for this column.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Life

Taste of wilderness

Explore the endless charms of Foss River area

Date: 08/02/2015 | Explore NW

Remains found on Mount Rainier could be missing Tacoma hiker

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — A park official says remains found on Mount Rainier may be that of a 64-year-old Tacoma man who went missing while hiking last year.The News Tribune reported that visitors exploring the Frying Pan Glacier discovered the remains Sunday.

Date: 07/28/2015 | Northwest

Hiker who injured ankle in Thunder Basin flown out

WENATCHEE — The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has rescued a hiker who injured his ankle in the North Cascades.Sheriff Brian Burnett says 51-year-old Jonathan Reiss of Bellingham was injured when he fell near the ridgeline above Thunder Basin.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest

On Wonderland Trail’s centennial, 100 things to know

TACOMA — It’s arguably Washington’s most famous trail: Ninety-three miles of ups and downs looping around Mount Rainier.As the Wonderland Trail celebrates its centennial this summer, we offer 100 things hikers ought to know about the trail:

Date: 07/26/2015 | Northwest

Adapting to limited mobility takes creativity for outdoor enthusiasts

When I was young, I ran faster than my parents (or so I thought), walked more quickly than my grandmother, climbed trees and left my aunt on the ground, and was oblivious to anyone with a cane, walker or wheelchair.Decades of hiking, kayaking, canoeing, bicycling,...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Life

Blankenship fire closing part of Pacific Crest Trail

WENATCHEE — A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington state will be closed starting Saturday because of a small wildfire in the Agnes Creek area.The Blankenship Fire has burned about 70 acres in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest since it started on July 14.

Date: 07/25/2015 | Northwest

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