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Category: national forests
October 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Go wild and free in national parks and beyond: A list of fee-free days

Get into Washington’s national parks — Rainier (top left), Olympic (right) and North Cascades (bottom left) for free on 11 days in 2015. (Seattle Times photos) Go wild and free at national parks, national forests and other federally-managed public lands with 11 fee-free days in 2015. There will be no entrance fee charged on the following days,…


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September 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Get in free to parks and forests — and maybe volunteer — on Saturday

Volunteers will help maintain trails around the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park on Saturday. (photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times) Get in free to Washington’s national parks, state parks and national forest sites this Saturday, Sept. 27, in honor of National Public Lands Day. You can also pitch in and join a work party to…


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August 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

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

A July wildfire burns in the Chiwaukum Creek area near Leavenworth. The fire is largely out, but a fear of flash flooding in the area has closed the popular Tumwater Campground. (AP photo) On the brink of the Labor Day weekend, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed the popular Tumwater Campground, off Highway 2 nine miles…


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

July 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Your holiday weekend campfire (in a campground) is safe (so far)

Burning restrictions are being imposed in parts of the state, but campfires in designated campgrounds are OK for the holiday weekend. (photo by Betty Udesen/The Seattle Times) The good news: So far, your Independence Day weekend campfire in a designated campground with fire rings is not in danger of being banned. But crackdowns are starting in dry…


Comments | Topics: burn bans, campfire ban, campfires

April 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM

National-forest recreation pass now sold online

  Mount Baker is seen from the Table Mountain trail within Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. A Forest Service recreation pass, now available online,  is needed to park at the Artist Point area for access to the popular trail (once the deep snow near Mount Baker  melts in the summer). (Ron Judd photo / The Seattle Times) Getting ready…


Comments | More in national forests, recreation pass | Topics: Discover Your Northwest, U.S. Forest Service