A consolidated look at current hiking conditions, climbing reports, bike routes + trails, and camping information from around the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on Seattle and the Puget Sound area. See the links on the left for detailed information on Seattle bike trails, mountain bike trails, regional hikes and bike rides. New info added all the time.
Some current sources:
For static information on Western Washington Hiking Trails and Trips, click here.
For static information on Winter Sports in the region, click here.
Pacific Northwest Outdoor News and Updates
A summary of recent bike news from the Puget Sound area:
A summary of the latest news at Olympic National Park:
Washington Bikes (Bicycle Alliance of Washington State) has been posting a series of great articles with great ride ideas and route information. Highlights include:
Update: here's another, more in-depth, article about MSHI working against open access to the north climb route.
You may recall a few years ago there were plans to build a north climb route to the crater in St Helens. Well, it's there, but you can't hike it unless you pay for a sold out guided hike (also here) from the Mt St Helens Institute - based on the latest decision from the Forest Service. Not exactly open access. Perhaps in the coming years it will open to the public.
Several sites have reported that portions of the Green River Trail will be closed for critical levee work into 2016; closures could be a day to several weeks. The news release from King County offers a couple ways to get the specific closure sites and durations.
Both Biking Bis and the Seattle Bike Blog are reporting the repair work will close a portion of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail through the end of October. The closure is on a stretch between Duvall and Carnation, and because the only parallel is Rte 203, a very busy and narrow-shouldered road, that's not a particularly safe option. However it is possible to detour, as one of the Seattle Bike Blog commenters pointed out, but hopefully this will be the last closure for a while. The suggested detour route, although there are others:
Here's a newer article from the WTA with some additional information.
There have been several recent articles (update: and this one from the WTA's Signpost Blog) outlining the new shuttle service - SnoValley Adventure Shuttle - which is hoped to ease congestion around the popular Mt Si trailhead; parking there in the summer is a nightmare. The shuttle will run from the North Bend Park-and-Ride and will also stop at Little Si and Teneriffe. The cost is $5 round trip.
More info and the route schedule can be found here. The online registration opens June 1st.
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