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Category: national parks
September 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Happy ending for lost, but well-prepared, Olympic park hiker

To the relief of family, friends and searchers, solo hiker Kelly Hall emerged Monday at a trailhead in Olympic National Park, four days later than planned from his wilderness backpacking trip. He had been reported missing and a search was launched for him. Luckily, Hall was  well-prepared to endure extra days in the wilderness and is…

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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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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

August 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

No cars, just bikes, at Olympic’s Hurricane Ridge on Sunday morning

Look, no cars! Bicyclists will get the very scenic (and steep) Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park to themselves on Sunday morning, Aug. 3. Called “Ride the Hurricane,” it’s an annual recreational ride for all ages with the  road closed to vehicles from 6 a.m. to noon.  Hurricane Ridge Road winds up through the…

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July 31, 2014 at 2:57 PM

A flood of lovely national-park photos: Submit yours

Today’s the last day to submit your photos of Washington’s national parks for our Seattle Times photo contest. There’s been a flood of photos – more than 350 and still counting. The majority are of Mount Rainier National Park which looms large in Washingtonians’ psyches and lives. But there also have been some lovely photos submitted…

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Comments | More in national parks, North Cascades National Park, photo contest | Topics: mount rainier national park, North Cascades National Park, olympic national park

July 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Readers’ lovely photos of Washington’s national parks

You really, really  love “The Mountain.” That’s very clear, judging from the dozens and dozens of photos of Mount Rainier submitted to The Seattle Times’ national-park photo contest. We’re looking for your good photos from the three big national parks in Washington state – Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park. We’ll…

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Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park | Topics: national parks photo contest, Seattle Times photo contest

July 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Too close to wild things on Olympic park trail

I wanted to keep hiking along a trail in Olympic National Park, but the animals got there first. I came around a rocky outcrop on a Hurricane Ridge trail recently to find  a mountain goat (feeling protective, with a baby goat nearby) on one  side of the trail, a curious deer on the other. I definitely did…

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July 10, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Should climbers pay for their rescue? Here’s one who’s ‘paying it forward’ (Take our poll)

Should rescued climbers be billed for their rescue? It’s a question that can generate more heat than a steam vent atop Mount Rainier. You might consider the case of Kelly Jackson, of Maple Valley, who was rescued from the mountain last August. Jackson, then 43, and four friends — all but one first-timers — topped the…

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July 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Olympic park’s Madison Falls Trail closed for improvements

The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail in Olympic National Park’s Elwha Valley has closed to public entry for three weeks beginning Monday.  Park trail crews and volunteers will make significant improvements to the trail, including construction of a new rock retaining wall, installation of new railings and trail surface, and replanting of the work area. This…

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Comments | More in national parks, Northwest, Olympic National Park, Outdoors, Parks | Topics: elwha valley, Madison Falls, olympic national park

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