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Road reopens to Cascade Pass trailhead in N. Cascades

Here’s some good news for those who like to hike in the North Cascades. The road to Cascade Pass trailhead is now open again. The… Continue reading

DNR recruits Sasquatch to promote Discover Pass

Did you know that Sasquatch drives a truck? And rides a motorbike? And he takes his whole family camping and kayaking? It’s true. I saw… Continue reading

8 ideas for a weekend hike

It’s almost the weekend. That means it’s almost time for hiking. Here are a few ideas for great trips around here. All are easily doable… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Slackling photos, bear safety, more

Wow! Check out these photos of women showing off some stunning moves on a slackline thousands of feet above Yosemite valley. This video is also… Continue reading

Minotaur Lake is a short, steep hike with big payoff

Want to get out for a hike and work up a sweat, but don’t have a lot of time? Have I got the hike for… Continue reading

Work to close Suiattle Road to foot and vehicle traffic

Work on the Suiattle River Road will mean a closure to cars and pedestrians starting in early September. Here’s a press release from the Forest… Continue reading

Labor Day hikes and last-minute camping ideas

It’s almost Labor Day weekend. I don’t want to say it, but for many that means the end of summer. Or at least the beginning… Continue reading

Video shows rescuers lifting dog onto helicopter

I am always amazed by what our local search and rescue crews are capable of. On Monday, the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team and Everett… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Fall classes, hikes and sexy dancing

Road trip: Washington State Parks has detailed three road trip ideas for Labor Day weekend. All of them take you to some of the lesser… Continue reading

Mount Baker Highway now open to Artist Point

The last 2.7 miles of the Mount Baker Highway opened today. Drivers can now reach Artist Point. The road closes every year due to the… Continue reading

Busy days for Search and Rescue; safety reminder

It’s been a busy couple days for Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Search and Rescue. They responded to many calls over the past 48 hours.… Continue reading

Planning a last-minute camping trip? Some ideas

It’s almost the Fourth of July weekend. Around here, that’s when summer really starts. Happily, the forecast for the holiday and the weekend are both… Continue reading

Gaining confidence on a scramble to Mount Angeles

It’s amazing the difference a rope can make. I learned that over the weekend on a scramble with the Everett Mountaineers at Mount Angeles. I… Continue reading

Video of helicopter rescue on Mount Pilchuck

Last weekend, a helicopter rescue crew evacuated a hiker who had injured his ankle. Andrew Toyota, the chair of Everett Mountain Rescue, which works close… Continue reading

2 ideas for weekend fun outside

1. The North Cascades Institute is offering an intro to the Cascades Butterfly Project on Sunday. From its website: Join us July 14 for a… Continue reading

Beware of extreme fire danger east of Cascades

If you’re heading east to camp or play outdoors, you’ll want to be extra careful with fire. The Washington state DNR just posted this on… Continue reading

Volunteer on PCT maintenance crew

The Pacific Crest Trail Association has work parties planned all up and down the trail all summer long. The projects are free. Meals and camping… Continue reading

Spend the night at Evergreen Mountain lookout

I find fire lookouts endlessly fascinating. I’ve never spent the night in one and I need to remedy that problem. The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest… Continue reading

Playing on rock on Hidden Lake Peaks

I celebrated my final required hike for the Mountaineers scrambling course I’ve been taking by posing for a photo. I was perched on a skinny… Continue reading

Edmonds water sport adventure camp holds open house

Paddle board, kayak, zip down the zip line and sail at an open house to introduce the water sports Beach Camp at Sunset Bay on… Continue reading

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