National Trails Day is on June 1. The Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring events across the state. DNR staff and volunteers will work to build trails and perform maintenance on existing trails. The closest for Snohomish County folks is Reiter Foothills, near Gold Bar. They...
Date: 05/17/2013 | Explore NW
Course teaches how to travel the mountains safely (gallery)
Date: 05/07/2013 | Explore NW
The Everett Mountaineers will offer a free hiking seminar at 6:30 p.m. May 20. The class will answer questions that a new hiker would have about how to get out on the trails. Experienced hikers will offer advice on what to put in your pack and how to dress for comfort and...
Date: 05/05/2013 | Explore NW
The Everett Mountaineers have a free hiking seminar coming up next month.Here's what Ed Andrews, the leader, has to stay about it:"This course is designed to answer...
Date: 04/24/2013 | Explore NW
Hide valuables before setting out, county park rangers advise
Date: 04/22/2013 | Local News
SALEM, Ore. -- You can walk but you can't run at three national wildlife refuges in the Willamette Valley and new signs are warning visitors of the rule.
Date: 04/21/2013 | Off the Wire
PORTLAND, Ore. — At the base of a Mount Hood trail, Mary Owen pushed past the warnings of a climbing group and then a snowboarder who begged her to turn around.She had spent most every minute of her life headstrong and confident in herself and...
Date: 04/01/2013 | Northwest
Name: Distance FL Z-Poles.What they are: Aluminum walking poles made by Black Diamond, one of the nation's leading makers of outdoor and adventure gear. Among the fastest-growing sellers in its business are trekking poles, which speaks to...
Date: 03/30/2013 | Life
Interested in a summer adventure? Applications are due soon for students who would like to attend the Youth Leadership program.
Date: 03/25/2013 | Life
Washington State Parks will soon celebrate its 100th birthday. The state parks system is one of the oldest in the nation, established on March 19, 1913. In honor of the birthday, all state parks will have free entry March 30. State parks in our area include...
Date: 03/17/2013 | Life
Foundation teaches them to make outdoors their playground
Date: 02/24/2013 | Life
DARRINGTON -- The state's largest hiking advocacy group wants roads to be repaired that provide key access to trails in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Date: 02/18/2013 | Local News
Sitting next to a crackling fire with a hot toddy and a good book is a perfect way to hunker down on a cold winter's day. The toddy doesn't hurt, either.With that in mind, here are some recommendations to sip, read, relax and stay warm.
Date: 01/20/2013 | Life
INDEX -- A 39-year-old Seattle man and his dog were found safe Thursday morning after getting lost on Mount Persis, near Index.The man had triggered his emergency beacon about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Snohomish County sheriff's Lt. Rob Beidler said. The man...
Date: 01/17/2013 | Local News
Japanese Gulch supporters want another measure on ballot
Date: 01/15/2013 | Local News
It's well known that naturally blessed Washington has three national parks: Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades. We reviewed those
Date: 12/23/2012 | Need to Know
This is a guidebook that doesn't look or act like a typical guidebook: There are no photos, the writing is clever, and the black-and-white illustrations are hand-drawn."The South Sound User's Guide" is hot off the press for the holiday season.
Date: 11/25/2012 | Life
MUKILTEO -- There's a reason why supporters of a defeated tax measure to buy land in Japanese Gulch are heartened to keep pursuing their dream.
Date: 11/24/2012 | Local News
Did you know there are rules for outdoor clothing? Not like Emily Post or Mr. Blackwell. These are rules to keep you warm, dry and seen. And they all start with L for layers.
Date: 11/18/2012 | Life
Birding tripsPilchuck Audubon Society: Tuesday birding trips, some weekends. Info at www.pilchuckaudubon.org.
Date: 10/28/2012 | Life
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- Google and its street-view cameras already have taken users to narrow cobblestone alleys in Spain using a tricycle, inside the Smithsonian with a push cart and to British Columbia's snow-covered slopes by snowmobile.
Date: 10/25/2012 | Nation & World
Photo gallery: Beauty of our national forest, plus ideas for hikes
Date: 10/23/2012 | Life
Climbers have created a list of the top 100 of this state's highest peaks. Karen Daubert has climbed 60 of them. She's also climbed from a member and supporter to the board of the Washington Trails Association to its executive director.
Date: 10/21/2012 | Life
FLORENCE, Ore. -- We've stopped to take photos at Heceta Head Lighthouse many times over the years. Until recently, though, we had never explored the beautiful trails from Heceta Head to Carl E. Washburne State Park a few miles to the north.
Date: 10/21/2012 | Life
Gentle climb, great color make an ideal outing for families
Date: 10/14/2012 | Life
Voters will decide whether to buy part of Japanese Gulch
Date: 10/13/2012 | Local News
EVERETT -- Randy Stupey was funny, successful and devoted to his family.He brought people together and put them at ease. With him gone, people still aren't sure what to say. The pain is tremendous.
Date: 10/09/2012 | Local News
The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau just released the third edition of "Hiking in Snohomish County," a free brochure that features 30 hikes around the county.
Date: 10/02/2012 | Life
HOODSPORT -- The Forest Service has reopened a popular trail in the Olympic National Forest in Washington after a wildlife biologist spent much of the summer teaching aggressive mountain goats that people are to be avoided.
Date: 10/01/2012 | Northwest
VERLOT -- A 14-year-old Granite Falls boy is expected to recover after being critically injured in a 100-foot fall Sunday down the north side of Mount Pilchuck.The boy was listed in stable condition Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, officials said.
Date: 09/24/2012 | Local News
VERLOT -- A 14-year-old boy with developmental disabilities is expected to recover after being rescued from a trail on Mount Pilchuck on Sunday.
Date: 09/24/2012 | Local News
SEATTLE -- A King County sheriff's spokeswoman says the sheriff's helicopter has plucked an ailing 10-year-old boy from the 7,000-foot level of a peak in central Washington.
Date: 09/17/2012 | Northwest
Soaring raptors and gliding gulls are my Achilles' heels when it comes to bird identification. It's small comfort, but I am in a large group of bird-watchers.But there's hope, at least in the hawk category.
Date: 09/15/2012 | Life
BELLINGHAM -- A California hiker broke an ankle just south of the Canada border and had to be airlifted just six miles short of finishing the Pacific Crest Trail.
Date: 09/12/2012 | Northwest
INDEX -- A man who died during a hiking accident near Index this past weekend was identified Wednesday as Randall Alan Stupey, 30, of Everett.
Date: 09/06/2012 | Local News
DARRINGTON -- Martha Rasmussen's right leg is held together by a plate along her shinbone.She only can hike about five miles before the pain sets in. Then she limps back.It's a bummer for Rasmussen, 55, and her husband Nels, 56, because the couple loves to get out in the woods.
Date: 09/04/2012 | Local News
INDEX -- Search crews Monday afternoon recovered the body of a missing hiker who is believed to have died in an accident, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said.
Date: 09/03/2012 | Local News
INDEX — An effort to recover the body of a 30-year-old Everett man is scheduled for Monday.
Date: 09/02/2012 | Local News
Take your smartphone and enhance your outdoor experience
Date: 09/02/2012 | Life
Name: Coghlan's Dynamo Flashlight.What it is: A miniature LED flashlight, smaller than a tea bag in area, that is charged by turning a small crank.
Date: 09/01/2012 | Life
PORT LUDLOW -- Authorities say a 67-year-old New Mexico woman was airlifted to a hospital after falling 15 feet down an embankment at Ludlow Falls.
Date: 08/26/2012 | Northwest
North Cascades Institute a great reason to visit national park
Date: 08/25/2012 | Life
VIENNA — In one part of Austria, the hills are again alive with a particular sound of music — yodeling.
Date: 08/20/2012 | Off the Wire
The female stump stabber came into the house through an open door, immediately exploring escape routes and ramming the glass, frantic to get back to familiar territory: dead and dying trees.
Date: 08/18/2012 | Life
Visit state's northwest corner for a peaceful getaway (gallery)
Date: 08/04/2012 | Life
Sunshine and snow conditions combine for picturesque high-elevation hiking. But in many cases, pack your snowshoes.The Mount Baker Highway (Highway 542) is open to the Heather Meadows Visitor Center and the Austin Pass picnic area.
Date: 08/04/2012 | Life
When planning meals for a three-day, 16-mile hike into the high country, most people think in terms of ounces, not 2-pound Porterhouse steaks.
Date: 08/01/2012 | Life
The last time I was at Northwest Trek, the tram driver slowly passed through the lives of bison, elk and other animals, an outing that was neither physically nor mentally challenging.Now, however, there's been a fear factor introduced to the calm of the park.
Date: 07/28/2012 | Life
It isn't R2-D2, the small droid in "Star Wars," but RoboSquirrel may help answer questions for rattlesnake researchers.
Date: 07/21/2012 | Life
DARRINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service opened North Fork Sauk Road No. 49 on Friday, restoring access to the Glacier Peak and Henry M. Jackson wilderness areas along with the Pacific Crest Trail.
Date: 07/20/2012 | Local News
What will you find at Money Creek? Probably not money, but you may turn up some prizes, so pack up the family and head for the mountains for a guided geocaching tour Saturday night.
Date: 07/20/2012 | Life
VERLOT -- A rescue operation Tuesday ended with a hiker lost on Mount Pilchuck reuniting with his party and walking out on his own.The man used his cellphone to call a U.S. Forest Service help center about 3 p.m., Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.
Date: 07/17/2012 | Local News
Marysville man volunteers nearly 5,000 hours building trail
Date: 07/17/2012 | Local News
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In a remote stretch of rugged granite landscape in Shasta Trinity Forest, Air Force Maj. Jeremy Kilburn, a 34-year-old critical care pulmonologist, broke his leg while hiking last week.
Date: 07/10/2012 | Nation & World
DARRINGTON -- People heading up next week for recreation off the Suiattle River Road No. 26 in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest need to take note: The lower section of the popular road, located about eight miles northeast of Darrington, is scheduled to be closed for construction for about...
Date: 07/07/2012 | Local News
Sometimes a story comes along that's just begging to be told, even when it's ancient history. Connie Jones' story is proof of the lasting value of amazing nature stories.As she puts it, "Seems like yesterday."
Date: 07/07/2012 | Life
Work continues on Reiter Foothills motorbike trails
Date: 06/30/2012 | Local News
Life is simple along the tick-human interface. Your skin crawls when the predator is spotted. Use tweezers to remove the predator. Kill the predator.
Date: 06/30/2012 | Life
GOLD BAR -- People who like off-road vehicles likely will get a test run later this summer of what riding at Reiter Foothills could be.
Date: 06/27/2012 | Local News
Plan ahead for hike-a-thon, gold panning and a lot more
Date: 06/23/2012 | Life
If you spend a lot of time hiking the trails around here, maybe it's time to give back. You can join the Mountain Stewards and train to be a volunteer for the Mount Baker National Forest trails.
Date: 06/02/2012 | Life
WALLA WALLA -- More than 20 miles of trails in the Walla Walla area have been designated a new National Recreation Trail System.The designation was made Thursday by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis.
Date: 05/31/2012 | Northwest
A series of talks are scheduled to learn about ways to enjoy summer weekends at the Gold Basin Campground Amphitheater.The campground is less than three miles east of the Verlot Public Service Center on the Mountain Loop Highway. Each presentation is free and open to the public.
Date: 05/26/2012 | Life