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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

Road trip to Carnation

Town lies at heart of bucolic Snoqualmie River valley

Date: 04/23/2016 | Life

Tourists to flock to Wyoming for Great American Eclipse

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Where's the best place to watch next year's eclipse? If you're thinking the grand open spaces of Wyoming, you have plenty of company.Hotel rooms across the Cowboy State are going, going, gone, well over a year before the arrival of the first total...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Business Wire

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

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

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

Tke Sky's the limit

Officials tout potential of Sky to Sound water trail project

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News

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

The passage of time

How photographer created gorgeous image of Alpine Lakes

Date: 10/07/2015 | Explore NW

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

87 wild miles

Pacific Crest Trail in county is rugged and rewarding

Date: 09/27/2015 | Local News

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

Campfires now allowed in state parks, lands west of Cascades

OLYMPIA — Campfires are now allowed in state parks and state-protected lands west of the Cascade Mountains.On Saturday, the state Department of Natural Resources began allowing campfires in official campgrounds on Western Washington lands it protects.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Northwest

Have vegetable oil, will travel

Couple exploring country after creating fully sustainable vehicles

Date: 09/05/2015 | Local News

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

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