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Affordable family weekend at Mountaineers lodge

The Mountaineers have a family hiking and biking weekend planned at Meany Lodge starting Friday. Meany Lodge is near Exit 62 on I-90. The event… Continue reading

Peaks app: How it works in reality

I’ve been having fun lately with the Peaks app. I downloaded it to test out on some recent scrambles up peaks around here. After some… Continue reading

Check out Mount Baker lodge for weekend getaway

Turn a visit to Mount Baker into a weekend getaway at the Mountaineers’ Mount Baker lodge. If you’ve never seen Mount Baker in the summer,… Continue reading

Stay in the heart of the North Cascades

This weekend, I took a little trip up to the North Cascades. A friend and I stayed at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. We… Continue reading

Public service announcement: Summer will end

I read a very important reminder today: Summer is half over. The author makes a vital point that we should all take to heart: Now… Continue reading

Outdoors apps to check out before your next trip

Before I begin this post, I should make something clear. I take my phone with me when I hike and backpack. Don’t give me that… Continue reading

Where to eat after an outdoor adventure

After a hike, often the only thing I can think about is food. And I want real food, not a granola bar or banana. So… Continue reading

No fishing licenses needed this weekend

I just came across this from the Washington Department of Fish &Wildlife. This weekend is Free Fishing Weekend in the state. You don’t need a… Continue reading

Monte Cristo trail still open — for now

I recently discovered that the Monte Cristo trail is still open for hiking. I thought that it was already closed to hiking for cleanup. Nope,… Continue reading

It’s like speed dating, but for hikers

I went to the WTA’s Hike the State event yesterday. They fondly referred to it as speed dating for hikers. Basically, avid hikers extol the… Continue reading

Barclay Lake: An easy hike for all ages

I’m having a hard time focusing lately, because all I want to do is hike. Hike, hike, hike. On Tuesday, my friend Katie and I… Continue reading

DNR looking for campground hosts

Do you like to camp? Would you like to camp for a long, long time? Then you should check out DNR’s listing for campground hosts.… Continue reading

Mount Persis: Eye-popping views, calf-aching climb

I’ve decided it doesn’t count as a scramble unless you pose at the summit with an ice ax. On Saturday, I hiked Mount Persis with… Continue reading

Debris flows threaten middle fork Nooksack trails

The U.S. Forest Service is asking hikers to stay away from the Ridley Creek and Elbow Lake Trails due to dangers from debris and mud… Continue reading

Upcoming events in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest

Interesting programs are planned all summer in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Rangers and other experts will teach about hiking safely, history, geology and a… Continue reading

Hiking tips for women, Wonderland Trail and more

Here’s a collection of interesting outdoors-related articles I’ve come across recently. For female backpackers: This is a great guide for any woman who likes to… Continue reading

Want to camp at a state park on 4th? Hope for budget deal

I’m looking forward to some time outdoors over the Fourth of July holiday. I don’t have reservations at a state park, and I am kind… Continue reading

Sunrise, campgrounds opening at Mount Rainier

Sunrise at Mount Rainier National Park will be open earlier than expected this year. According to a press release, the road and day lodge at… Continue reading

First paraplegic leads climb on Yosemite route

climbers call this being on the sharp end… Continue reading

Help guide the future of Forest Service roads

Do you like to hike? If so, you probably make good use of forest roads. The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is hosting a series of… Continue reading