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Tell Forest Service which roads are important to you

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has about 2,500 miles of roads, but can only afford to maintain about a quarter of them. Help the Forest… Continue reading

Permits available to cut Christmas trees

Christmas trees can be cut on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest beginning today until Dec. 24. You will need a permit. They are $10 for… Continue reading

Find birds with Washington Birding Trail app

If you like bird-watching, and you have an iPhone or iPod, you should check out the Great Washington State Birding Trail app. The app is… Continue reading

Try Heather Lake for a late fall hike

It’s truly the off season for hiking now. The rain is here, the days are short and the temperatures are dropping. Don’t let that make… Continue reading

Stevens Pass opens 2 lifts, terrain park for weekend

Snow! It’s really coming down in the mountains, so much so that Stevens Pass Ski Area has decided to open part of the mountain for… Continue reading

Outdoor events: Warren Miller, paddling, hiking, more

Avalanche safety: REI at Alderwood mall is offering a free course on avalanche awareness at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday). Get more info here. Winter scrambling:… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Bears vs. guns, adventurers, more

Happy Friday! For weekend reading for you this week, I have National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. You’ll want to settle in with this one.… Continue reading

Did you get married at Lake Serene this weekend?

On Sunday, I was eating lunch at Lake Serene, 3.6 miles and 2,000 feet from the trailhead, when a wedding party walked by. A group… Continue reading

Take a beautiful (if icy) hike to Lake Serene

The trip to Lake Serene has everything you could want in a hike. There are waterfalls, views of towering peaks and beautiful mossy forests. There’s… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Animals show off their best skills

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but I’m still in a bit of a happy stupor after a day of incredible food. So, for… Continue reading

Where to go ‘camping’ in a cozy cabin or yurt

The nights are getting longer, the days are getting cooler. Yet that’s no reason to stay cooped up at home. Go camping. Well, “camping.” There… Continue reading

Weekend reading: It’s an avalanche of sharks

Here’s a little entertainment for a Friday afternoon. Only a few more hours until the sweet freedom of the weekend. Let’s start off with this.… Continue reading

Shutdown cancels program for kids in N. Cascades

North Cascades Institute has had to cancel most of its programs because it operates inside North Cascades National Park. The park is, of course, affected… Continue reading

There’s a fungus among us: 2 weekend events

Please forgive me. I couldn’t resist that headline. Who could? This year has been really great for mushrooms. On a recent hike, I saw them… Continue reading

Safety reminder: It’s hunting season. Orange is stylish.

Deer season opens across the state Saturday for hunters using modern weapons. If you’re planning to go play outside in an area where there may… Continue reading

Glimpse of how search and rescue works (photo gallery)

Snohomish County Search and Rescue had an open house recently. Photographer Karen Johanson, a volunteer in charge of marketing for Support the Last Resort, shared… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Crazy skiers and crazier goats

Hello and happy Friday. It’s not quite skiing season around here yet, but I can tell people are getting excited just by the number of… Continue reading

A spot to see spawning salmon, up close

“So many, many, many, many fish! Look! That one is jumping!” That was my 3-year-old’s reaction to the Weaver Creek Spawning Channel in British Columbia.… Continue reading

Hear climbers, adventurers speak at upcoming events

The Mountaineers have a number of interesting events coming up soon. Here’s a roundup. First, on Monday, Ed Viesturs will be speaking with Fitz Cahall… Continue reading

Spy on Mount Rainier, now with more clarity

Mount Rainier National Park has a number of webcams that show the mountain and surrounding areas. Some of the cameras have been upgraded. The one… Continue reading

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