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Visit national parks for free all week

From now until Friday, entrance to all national parks is waived as part of National Parks week. Around here, the biggies are Mount Rainier National… Continue reading

Scrambling course, or, ‘Don’t Die in the Mountains’

The line between exhilarating and terrifying is very fine. When you cross the line into terrifying, you know. Before you try something, though, it’s really… Continue reading

Learn the basics of hiking in free seminar

The Everett Mountaineers have a free hiking seminar coming up next month. Here’s what Ed Andrews, the leader, has to stay about it: “This course… Continue reading

Take classes or field trips on Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day is Saturday, May 11. A lot of fun local events are being planned by the Pilchuck Audubon Society. All events are… Continue reading

Rescues, summits, weeds, other recent outdoors news

Here’s a collection of recent news about the outdoors that caught my interest: Just say no to weeds: Everett parks do battle against invasive species.… Continue reading

Outdoor summer camps for kids

When I was young, my parents sent me to horse camp several years running. It was only a week long, but given how much space… Continue reading

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on value of getting outdoors

The Seattle-based hip-hop duo Ryan Lewis and Macklemore talk about growing up outdoors in the Northwest. Take a look.… Continue reading

A scramble to the top of Guye Peak

“I climbed a mountain.” That’s what I’ve been telling everyone when they asked me what I did this weekend. It was far from the biggest… Continue reading

Gear up expo coming to Everett

An expo for outdoors enthusiasts is coming to Everett on June 1-2. Gear Up will feature, of course, lots of outdoors gear for sale. But… Continue reading

3 hikes to do right now at Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park is gorgeous, even if you’re standing in the middle of a cloud. Last week, I had a blissful week to explore… Continue reading

Watch meteor shower at Mount Rainier party

If you can get away this weekend, a star and meteor party is at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park this weekend. It’s timed to… Continue reading

Hikers set blistering pace on Pacific Crest Trail

Two hikers are on track to break speed records on the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,655-mile trail that goes from the border of Mexico to… Continue reading

Help clean up Stevens Pass on Aug. 14

Get a look at Stevens Pass Ski Area without all the snow and do some good work on Aug. 14. A volunteer work party will… Continue reading

Slides block Hwy 20; nearby washout strands hikers

Multiple landslides on the North Cascades Highway mean that the road is closed indefinitely. The area is a popular location for hiking, climbing and other… Continue reading

Hike Ashland Lakes right now for huckleberries

If you like berries, you should plan a trip out on the Mountain Loop Highway soon. Over the weekend, I hiked the Ashland Lakes Trail… Continue reading

Update on Cascade River Road washout

Recent major storms washed out a section of road that leads to popular hiking areas in the North Cascades. Heavy rain created a 15-foot-deep and… Continue reading

N. Cascades Hwy closed through weekend

Some massive landslides covered a section of the North Cascades Highway last weekend. The road will remain closed at least through Monday, and possibly longer.… Continue reading

Campfires once again allowed west of Cascades

A ban on campfires in state parks in Western Washington has been lifted, as the result of rain and forecasts of milder weather, the Washington… Continue reading

2 national parks may reintroduce fishers

The fisher, a member of the weasel family, had been considered extirpated from the state since the 1990s. The little carnivore has been affected by… Continue reading

N. Cascades Highway will reopen today

Good news for travelers and those who like to play in the North Cascades: Highway 20 is set to reopen today at 10 a.m. The… Continue reading