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Olympic National Park celebrates 75th anniversary

Olympic National Park turns 75 years old on Saturday. On June 29, 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill that established the park. From the… Continue reading

Where to expect logging traffic on forest roads

If you plan to visit forest lands near the Mountain Loop or U.S. 2 on a weekday, you may need to watch out for logging… Continue reading

State parks and Forest Service lands free Saturday

All state parks are free on Saturday and Sunday; no Discover Pass is needed to park. Forest Service lands will also be fee-free on Saturday,… Continue reading

An awesome deal for avid skiiers

I know, I know. It’s the middle of summer. But summer is a fickle, fleeting thing around here. So, let’s talk about winter. I just… Continue reading

Reduced capabilities for rescues on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier has a reduced ability to rescue people at high altitudes. Last year, a climbing ranger died during a rescue at 13,900 feet. Following… Continue reading

Still room in North Cascades backpacking trip

The North Cascades Institute posted on its Facebook page today that there is still time to join a backpacking trip that starts Thursday. The institute… Continue reading

Recent outdoors stories in The Herald

Injured hiker flown off Mount Pilchuck Photos from Mount Pilchuck rescue Mukilteo looking at Japanese Gulch options Isaac Heiman, 13, committed to planting trees across… Continue reading

Edmonds Bird Fest looking for volunteers

The Puget Sound Bird Fest, an annual celebration of birds and nature in Edmonds, is Sept. 6 to 8. Volunteers are needed for the registration… Continue reading

Update on work at Monte Cristo

If you’ve been wanting to hike to the Monte Cristo area, you still can. I talked to Peter Forbes, the district ranger for the Darrington… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Gritty adventure video and photos

I am blatantly stealing an idea from the DNR. Every week, they do a roundup of “Recent research, discoveries and other news about forests, climate,… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Walrus workout, booze and blasts

Happy Friday. I see the weather forecast for the weekend is a bit iffy. Sunday looks like the better bet if you want to get… Continue reading

Outdoor events: Get ready for winter, meet rocks

Here’s a roundup of some outdoor-related events coming up soon. Winter Adventures: The Everett Mountaineers winter course night is at 7p.m. Wednesday in Everett. Representatives… Continue reading

Enjoy first signs of winter on Ice Caves hike

I made my first snow angel of the season on Sunday. I had to drive a bit to find the snow, but it was worth… Continue reading

Mount Rainier park to change to winter schedule

Mount Rainier National Park will change to winter hours on Tuesday. The park staff are trying to stretch a limited budget as far as possible.… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Orcas, sexy birds, iPhone pics

Happy Friday! Here are some tidbits to enjoy before or after you head outside for weekend fun. Or to inspire you to travel somewhere new.… Continue reading

How federal shutdown affects outdoor recreation

If you’re planning a hiking or camping trip anytime soon, you may need to change your plans if you’re going to be on federal land.… Continue reading

Good reminder: Fall hiking can be treacherous

I’m planning to head out for a hike this weekend. I still haven’t decided where. (Got an idea? Post it in the comments.) WTA just… Continue reading

Ice Caves trail accessible; plus a hike for fall colors

A reader wrote in to tell me that the Big Four Ice Caves are still accessible. Or at least they were as of Thursday. Here’s… Continue reading

Snow and sunshine at Stevens Pass

Skiers and snowboarders got their first chance to play at Stevens Pass on Saturday, when a preseason rail park was open for the “Government De-Rail… Continue reading

A hike for fall colors, waterfalls and mushrooms

Walking the trail to Pratt Lake right now is kind of like walking through a fairy tale. Maybe something like “Alice in Wonderland,” with plenty… Continue reading