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Video: Gray whales feed near Mission Beach

Tom Hoban of Everett was kayaking near his beach house on Mission…


Apply soon for Youth Leadership Program

Interested in a summer adventure? Applications are due soon for students who…


Heading out to mountains? Beware of avalanches

A big snowfall earlier this week, followed by surprisingly warm temperatures, means…


Got a great idea for an adventure? Apply for grant

Do you have an idea for an epic outdoor adventure? Then you should check out this $10,000 grant. Last year’s winner paddled a sea kayak… Continue reading

Learn hiking basics at free class

The Everett Mountaineers will offer a free hiking seminar at 6:30 p.m. May 20. The class will answer questions that a new hiker would have… Continue reading

A weekend filled with sun, snow and ice axes

I spent all weekend rolling in the snow and learning to use an ice ax. In 65-degree-plus heat. I had two main goals: To not… Continue reading

What sequestration means for Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park recently announced how the funding cuts of sequestration will affect the park. In short, you can expect to see fewer staff… Continue reading

Prime orca-watching season starts soon

After that last little bit of sunny weather lately, I’ve suddenly kicked my summer-planning into high gear. On my list: Finally see an orca in… Continue reading

Bike to Work Day is Friday

Time to get on your bike. Friday is Bike to Work Day. There are stations to mark the day all over the area. At the… Continue reading

Like to use trails? Then help maintain them

National Trails Day is on June 1. The Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring events across the state. DNR staff and volunteers will work to… Continue reading

Upcoming classes: Hiking, paddling, navigation

I’m nearly done with the Everett Mountaineers scrambling class that I’ve been taking. So I’ve been looking around to see what other offerings they have… Continue reading

Best wildflower hikes, plus photo gallery

At lower elevations, wildflowers are starting to put on a show, offering promise of wildflower hikes to come. The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest shared some… Continue reading

Avalanche danger is high, be careful out there

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center has posted a warning about avalanche conditions. Recent rain and snow has made storm slab avalanches possible, especially in… Continue reading

If you hike Mount Si June 1, watch for Grape-Nuts

Hikers often joke about wanting a Starbucks or a lemonade stand at the top of a trail. Instead, it’s Grape-Nuts. No really, Grape-Nuts. On June… Continue reading

How and where to celebrate National Trails Day

National Trails Day is June 1. If you love trails, it’s only fair to get out and help maintain them. Here is a roundup of… Continue reading

Read this before heading outside this weekend

The Washington Trails Association just posted a really useful roundup of road conditions for the weekend. The I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River complicates… Continue reading

Washington Trails Association’s new app

The Washington Trails Association just released apps for iPhones and Androids. They already had an app for Windows phones. I did a little happy dance… Continue reading

Mountain Loop, North Cascades highways open

Outdoors enthusiasts will be glad to know that the Mountain Loop Highway is open all the way around, and has been for a bit more… Continue reading

Still time to apply for North Cascades adventures

Although the deadline has passed, the North Cascades Institute is still accepting applications for Youth Leadership Adventures this summer, especially the 8-day Outdoor Leadership and… Continue reading

New app for Washington State Parks

Washington State Parks has a new app for smartphones. The Pocket Ranger app is free and is available for Apple and Android devices. It includes… Continue reading