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

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

A skier navigates a ridgetop at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area, near Lake Chelan, where dogs may accompany skiers on some easy trails in a trial program starting Saturday. (photo by Carol Pucci / The Seattle Times, 2007) Beginning Saturday, Feb. 7, you may cross-country ski with your dog on some of the easier Forest Service…

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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)

Get a close-up view of Mount Rainier on Monday when the entry fee is waived at national parks. Hoping for sledding? Sorry, the Paradise snow-play area doesn’t yet have sufficient snow. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks…

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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

  With dam removal, many changes have come to the Elwha River Valley. (photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) 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…

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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

Shane Coulter 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…

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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

A car drives on the beach at Ocean Shores. (photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times) 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…

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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

Ward and Lois Irwin. (photo from their personal collection) 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…

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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

A lunar eclipse turned the moon red in December 2011, as seen from Everett. (photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times) 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…

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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…

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

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