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Campfire restrictions lifted in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie forests

Campfires are now allowed outside of developed recreation sites in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Campfires are permitted unless otherwise posted.

Date: 09/03/2015 | 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

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

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

Taste of wilderness

Explore the endless charms of Foss River area

Date: 08/02/2015 | Explore NW

Creekside calm

Buck Creek Campground is open again and it’s delightful

Date: 07/26/2015 | Explore NW

Dedication pays off

Former campers, counselors now staff at Kamp Kookamunga

Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News

Camping gourmet

How to make easy campfire sandwiches

Date: 07/22/2015 | Life

Bluegrass all weekend

See performances and join in the jams in Darrington

Date: 07/16/2015 | Entertainment

Make parks fund permanent

If Congress were seeking a vote on a valuable program that would allow it to pat itself on the back and celebrate its ability to work in a bipartisan fashion, it could do no better than renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Editorials

See far from up high

Darrington-area lookout being restored, will be available to rent

Date: 07/05/2015 | Explore NW

“Dispersed camping” offers alternative to full campgrounds

BILLINGS, Mont. — Few things are more disheartening to the camping summer tourist than pulling into a campground and finding all of the sites full. It’s especially deflating when you’ve been on the road for hours and just want to pitch your tent and relax.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Northwest

Last-minute camping

How to find a site if you don't have reservations

Date: 06/30/2015 | Explore NW

A remarkable wilderness

After a decade, get to know the Suiattle River Valley again

Date: 06/21/2015 | Local News

Don’t let it all go up in smoke

Summer starts Sunday, and spring's unusually warm and dry weather already has us planning camping trips, hikes, picnics and more, much of it out in the forests that for most of us are less than an hour's drive away.Allow us a couple minutes, then, to don our bear suit, lean...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Editorials

Fees increase at 3 campgrounds in N. Cascades National Park

Colonial Creek, Newhalem, and Goodell campgrounds,...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Explore NW

Fire safety reminders for campers before Memorial Day weekend

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is reminding campers to be careful to help prevent wildland fires over Memorial Day weekend, and all summer long.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Explore NW

Mount Rainier vehicle, camping fees to increase Friday

ASHFORD — Mount Rainier National Park officials say several important park fees will be increasing Friday.

Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest

Mount Rainier will increase entrance and camping fees on Friday

Mount Rainier National Park will be increasing its user fees beginning on Friday.The park, as well as many others around the country, proposed fee increases last year.

Date: 05/19/2015 | Explore NW

Boating, biking, backpacking

Stehekin adventure ends with best cinnamon rolls

Date: 05/17/2015 | Life

Glamping makes a fan of state parks grumpy

Moran State Park on Orcas Island isn't the first park to embrace "glamping," but the idea still raises an eyebrow or two. Glamping, translated, means leaving the sleeping bags, tents and other gear home and camping in a glamorous way.Washington State Parks bills...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Life

Whidbey Island campground closed; what to do if you have reservations

The campground and group camp at South Whidbey Island State Park will be closed for the 2015 season. A number of diseased old-growth trees in the area are at risk of falling over. For safety reasons, state...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Explore NW

Fun in the summer sun

Cedar Springs Camp in Lake Stevens draws thousands of kids

Date: 05/02/2015 | Local News

Beaches already bustling

An early start to prime camping season at Camano parks

Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News

Room to explore

Mild winter means lots of outdoor areas are already open

Date: 03/29/2015 | Life

Plan now for summer

It's time to make reservations at popular parks

Date: 02/28/2015 | Life

Plan now for summer fun

How to make reservations for camping around the state

Date: 01/18/2015 | Explore NW

Amazingly alluring

Oak Harbor, north Whidbey filled with things to do and see

Date: 11/15/2014 | Life

Yosemite tries to keep bears at bay

Rangers at Yosemite National Park are in a constant battle to keep black bears — with their ultra-keen noses and powerful paws and jaws — far away from humans.For the last 16 years, park rangers have done their best to warn visitors about the perils of leaving...

Date: 10/26/2014 | Nation & World

Suiattle River Road reopening after 11 years

DARRINGTON — The Suiattle River Road, with access to scenic campsites, hunting and fishing areas and more than 100 miles of trails, is reopening 11 years and four days after flooding wiped out part of the route.The road stretches about 23 miles from Highway 530 north...

Date: 10/23/2014 | Local News

The best of backpacking

A classic trip that every hiker should add to their list (gallery)

Date: 09/21/2014 | Explore NW

What's that creature chewing outside our tent?

The sound of chewing woke me up. Again.My husband and I were backpacking the Teton Crest Trail, and something was nibbling away outside our tent.

Date: 09/15/2014 | Explore NW

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