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
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
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
Caution around water urged after drowning near ice caves
Date: 05/02/2016 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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, 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
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
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
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
Improved trail off Chuckanut Drive makes hike a pleasure
Date: 03/20/2016 | Explore NW
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
Monte Cristo trails decontaminated, opening soon
Date: 03/08/2016 | Local News
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
Work will begin in May on 20 miles of trails near Darrington
Date: 03/01/2016 | Local News
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
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
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
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
After deaths, Forest Service considers a safer path
Date: 02/16/2016 | Local News
Sares Head trail near Anacortes is perfect for families
Date: 02/07/2016 | Explore NW
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
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
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 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
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
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
Where to find excellent winter hiking in the I-90 area
Date: 12/27/2015 | Explore NW
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
SEATTLE — King County search and rescue teams have found two hikers who were stranded west of Snoqualmie Pass.
Date: 12/22/2015 | Northwest
Clutter-free gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life
Date: 12/20/2015 | Explore NW
It's a bit more work, but rewards are more than worth it
Date: 12/17/2015 | Explore NW
KAHLOTUS — The state has erected fences closing some unauthorized trails around scenic Palouse Falls as a safety measure.
Date: 12/01/2015 | Northwest
Edmonds hiker trained for epic hike by going off trail in Cascades
Date: 11/25/2015 | Explore NW
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
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
New recreation opportunities in the works in Darrington
Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News
After a deadly summer, the trail to Big Four is likely to reopen
Date: 11/09/2015 | Local News
NORTH BEND — Officials say a Renton man has died while hiking on Little Si.
Date: 11/03/2015 | Northwest
Hike it Baby connects parents and kids for outdoor fun
Date: 11/01/2015 | Explore NW
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
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
Recently expanded Guemes Channel Trail a great fall walk
Date: 10/24/2015 | Life
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
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
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
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
Fast bikes, disc golf and bear tracks at Stevens Pass
Date: 10/08/2015 | Explore NW
How photographer created gorgeous image of Alpine Lakes
Date: 10/07/2015 | Explore NW
Bugs are gone, crowds have thinned and it's time to hit the trail
Date: 10/04/2015 | Explore NW
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
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
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
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
When Daniel "Ratatouille" Hepokoski decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, his family and friends wanted him to keep a blog about the trip.
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.
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
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
An Edmonds woman's broken hip could have been worse
Date: 09/21/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
N. Fork Skykomish offers stunning hikes and backpacks
Date: 09/06/2015 | Explore NW
See 3 volcanoes on this long, but relatively easy, hike
Date: 09/01/2015 | Explore NW
Boardman Lake is a short, easy trail to a refreshing little lake
Date: 08/27/2015 | Explore NW
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
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
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
Man hikes from Arizona to Lynnwood to shake depression, anxiety
Date: 08/18/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
TACOMA — I called it the Rainier Triple Crown, and finishing it proved more rewarding than I ever expected.
Date: 08/08/2015 | Northwest
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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