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September 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Wilderness Act: No fee, films,walks and more at Olympic Nat’l Park

Fifty years ago, the federal Wilderness Act was signed and now protects about 150 million acres of American wild lands, including within national parks and national forests. To celebrate the Wilderness Act anniversary, Washington’s Olympic National Park will waive park admission fees on Saturday, Sept. 6, and host celebrations that weekend, from guided hikes to panel discussions…

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Comments | More in national parks, Olympic National Park | Topics: National park fee free day, Wilderness Act

August 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Flash-flood worries close campground near Leavenworth, while campfire restrictions eased

On the brink of the Labor Day weekend, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed the popular Tumwater Campground, off Highway 2 nine miles northwest of Leavenworth, because of predicted rains and the potential for flash floods this weekend. The closure was effective as of noon Friday. The campground will remain closed for the season. The campground…

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Comments | Topics: Chiwaukum Creek fire, Labor Day weekend, Leavenworth camping

August 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The Methow Valley is open for business this holiday weekend

“It’s really been an unbelievable summer,” sighed Kristen Smith, marketing manager at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. But the wildfires are out and flash floods have subsided (both were well away from Winthrop) and one of the best things Washingtonians can do to help the Methow Valley is to come visit and restore the local…

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Comments | More in Methow Valley, Northwest, weekend getaways, wildfires | Topics: Labor Day, Methow Valley, weekend ideas

August 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Cascade River Road work delayed, so head for the hills

If you had canceled your annual fall hike to North Cascades National Park’s Cascade Pass because of the pending closure of the Cascade River Road, go ahead and make plans after all. The national park announced Wednesday that a major repair that would have meant a long closure this fall of the road’s last three miles…

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Comments | Topics: Cascade Pass, Cascade River Road, North Cascades National Park

August 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The airline reclining seat battle: And the winner is …

You the people have spoken in our completely unscientific poll about the right to recline, or not to recline,  an airline seat. Almost half of the 1,098 people who have voted so far in The Seattle Times’ online poll said the passenger sitting in the seat has the right to recline. This poll follows the rather…

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Comments | More in airlines, reclining seats | Topics: emergency landing, Knee Defender, passengers fight

August 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Three bodies recovered on Rainier, believed to be from May accident

Mount Rainier National Park staff said on Wednesday they have recovered the bodies of three climbers believed killed in a late-May fall from Liberty Ridge, on the mountain’s north side. Identification is pending by the Pierce County Medical Examiner. A total of six climbers were lost in Rainier’s worst climbing accident since the early 1980s. No…

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August 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Chat rewind: Advice, tips on Washington’s national parks

Want some tips on where to stay,  hike or just enjoy the scenery, and scenic drives,  in Washington’s national parks? Brian Cantwell and Kristin Jackson, the travel and outdoors editors/writers for The Seattle Times, answered reader questions about about Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park in a live…

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Comments | More in national parks, Reader photos, Washington state | Topics: Mount Rainier Nationa Park, North Cascades National Park, olympic national park

August 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Guided walks on what was water at Olympic peninsula’s Elwha

Take a walk on what was once a lake on the Olympic Peninsula. Olympic National Park rangers will lead free guided walking tours four times a week starting Aug. 19 through Sept. 2, on Tuesdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,  on what was once Lake Aldwell near Port Angeles.  The lake drained away…

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Comments | More in national parks, Olympic National Park, Parks | Topics: Elwha dam, guided ranger walks, Lake Aldwell

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