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Northwest Traveler

Travel news, consumer advice and trip reports for the Northwest and beyond.

Category: Outdoors
February 3, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Trial allows dogs with skiers on easy trails at Chelan’s Echo Ridge

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 7, you may cross-country ski with your dog on some of the easier Forest Service trails near Lake Chelan. The Chelan Ranger District is staging a pilot program called “Pups on the Pops” on three trails locally known as the “Pops” at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area. From the Lower Echo parking lot,…

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Comments | More in Outdoors, ski areas, skiing, snow sports, U.S. Forest Service | Topics: Chelan ski trails, dogs with skiers, Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area

January 15, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Get in free to state and national parks for MLK Day (and here’s a list of free days for all of 2015)

You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks on Sunday and Monday. In honor of  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this coming Monday, Jan. 19, the usual entrance fee is waived at all national parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic. The customary entry fee is…

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Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, Northwest, Olympic National Park, Outdoors, Parks, state parks | Topics: free days at parks, National park fee free day, state park free days

November 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Road to Olympic Hot Springs reopens after 3-year closure

  Olympic National Park’s Olympic Hot Springs Road, in the Elwha River Valley, has reopened following a three-year closure while contractors removed the Glines Canyon Dam. Visitors may now reach the Boulder Creek Trailhead, which provides hiker and stock-user access to the Olympic Hot Springs Trail, a 2.5-mile hike from the trailhead. Park officials urge visitors to consult…

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Comments | Topics: Boulder Creek Trail, hot springs, Olympic Hot Springs

November 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Better forecasts are Seattle avalanche victim’s legacy, thanks to crowdfunding

Winter backcountry visitors to the mountains of northeast Oregon will have access to expanded safety advisories, services and training thanks to a crowdfunding drive memorializing a Seattle skier killed last February in an avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains. Wallowa Avalanche Center, of Joseph, Ore., an information source for winter visitors to the region’s…

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Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: avalanche forecasts, avalanches, crowdfunding

October 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Crack down on Washington beach driving? Take our poll

The sun had just set below the Pacific Ocean’s indigo horizon. Our Long Beach bonfire was blazing merrily in the windbreak of a drift log, and a glass of cabernet washed down some sticky s’mores rather nicely. It was the kind of moment the local visitor bureau likes people to talk about. Then the peaceful moment…

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Comments | More in beaches, Northwest, Outdoors, Scenic drive | Topics: ban beach driving, beach driving, Long Beach

October 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Mercer Island couple to be honored as wilderness advocates

Lois and Ward Irwin, of Mercer Island, met during a Mountaineers basic climbing course more than 60 years ago and got hooked, first on each other, then on Alaska wilderness, through trips offered by the group in the 1960s. They skied, canoed, camped and fished throughout the Arctic – traveling there for weeks at a…

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Comments | Topics: Alaska Wilderness League, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Lois Irwin

October 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

See ‘blood moon’ over Seattle during Tuesday night eclipse

The full moon turns blood red in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, during a full lunar eclipse that will likely be visible from Western Washington if clear skies prevail and early-morning fog doesn’t roll in to block the view. Set your alarm for around 3:30 a.m. if you want to see the fully red moon…

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Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: eclipse times, lunar eclipse, moon

September 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

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

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 help improve public lands, such as at Mount Rainier National Park, where the National Parks Conservation Association will help coordinate…

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Comments | Topics: free admission, national forests, national parks

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

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