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Category: Parks
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 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

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

July 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

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

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 areas east of the Cascades. In the past few days, these fire restrictions have been announced: No burning is allowed on state Department of Natural Resources-protected lands east…

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May 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Paradise Inn opens Wednesday, much more at Rainier open for holiday weekend

Despite the 13 feet of snow remaining in meadows outside, Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier opens for the season Wednesday, and doors and gates will swing wide for Memorial Day weekend at several more public facilities in Mount Rainier National Park. Scheduled to open Friday, May 23, are the Stevens Canyon Road, White River Road…

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Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, Northwest, Parks, State Route 410, Washington state | Topics: Chinook Pass, mount rainier, mount rainier national park

March 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Long Beach Peninsula to Paradise

So there hasn’t been a lot of “lamb” about this March around Seattle. It’s been mostly a really cranky lion — with almost 5 inches more rain than normal for the month. Need a change of scene? Here are three quick ideas to get you out of town:

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Comments | More in List, national parks, Northwest, Parks, snow sports, weekend getaways | Topics: kite flying, kite museum, Long Beach

March 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Happy birthday, state parks: Get in free Wednesday (or buy a pass and help save them)

Help celebrate the 101st birthday of Washington State Parks on Wednesday. Admission to all state parks is free for the day, a nice thing if you can’t afford a Discover Pass, usually required for entry. But here’s another idea. You know how fire departments have made the change to daylight saving time into a “replace the…

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Comments | Topics: Discover Pass, state parks anniversay, state parks budget

March 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Olympic moves to No. 5 among most-visited national parks

Washington state’s Olympic National Park is No. 5 on a newly issued list of 2013′s most-visited national parks in the United States. The park moved up two notches on the list from the prior year. New statistics from the National Park Service show Olympic park visitors numbered 3,085,340 last year, up from 2,824,908 in 2012. The…

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| Topics: most-visited national parks, mount rainier national park, olympic national park

February 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Road work to slow midweek visits to Mount Rainier for months

Planning a weekday snowshoeing expedition to avoid the crowds at Narada Falls? If a midweek trip to Mount Rainier is in your plans, you might want to go soon. After that, your drive could take a half-hour longer each way. Mount Rainier National Park officials announced Tuesday that rehabilitation of 17.6 miles of road between the…

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Comments | More in highways, national parks, Northwest, Parks | Topics: mount rainier, mount rainier national park, Paradise road

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