Pacific Northwest Outdoor News and Updates

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 Seattle Bike Trails and Trips, click here.

For static information on Western Washington Hiking Trails and Trips, click here.

For static information on Winter Sports in the region, click here.

Ride the Hurricane to close Hurricane Ridge Rd on Sunday morning

posted Jul 29, 2015, 10:18 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 29, 2015, 10:19 PM ]

On Sunday, August 2nd, the annual 'Ride the Hurricane' will close Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park from 6am until noon. The Park Service will then waive fees at the Heart 'O the Hills entrance station for the rest of the day once the road reopens.

Lookout Mountain Rd now open

posted Jul 26, 2015, 10:25 PM by Luke Hizer

The road to the 1.5 mile Lookout Mountain Trail - and it's lookout tower - is now open.  It's a popular area given the proximity to Twisp and the panoramic views. The new release from the Forest Service and this post from the WTA have all the details.

Olympic National Park: Spruce RR Trail, Olympic Hot Springs Rd Closures

posted Jul 25, 2015, 8:25 AM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 25, 2015, 8:26 AM ]

A couple of items affecting the north side of the park:
  1. The Spruce Railroad Trail - part of the Olympic Discovery Trail - which runs along the north shore of Lake Crescent will be closed about 3/4 of mile from the east trailhead, a little before Devil's Punchbowl. The closure is about 1/3 of a mile, but the rest of the trail approaching from the west side will be open. I do not expect a detour. The news release has all the details.

  2. The Olympic Hot Springs Rd will be closed starting Sept 8th for a month for roadwork. There is also mention that Whiskey Bend Rd in the same area, closed for at a season now, will be repaired later in the fall, opening up the trailhead again. See the news release from the park for more information.

Burke Gilman Trail work at UW over; East Lake Sammamish Trail all open

posted Jul 1, 2015, 5:00 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 11, 2015, 5:59 PM ]

Burke: According to this image posted on Cascade's twitter feed.

East Lake Sammamish: from this blog postUpdate: more detailed articles here and here.

Bike News

posted Jun 24, 2015, 7:00 PM by Luke Hizer

A summary of recent bike news from the Puget Sound area:

Olympic National Park news and updates

posted Jun 21, 2015, 9:01 PM by Luke Hizer

 A summary of the latest news at Olympic National Park:
  • There is a fire burning in a remote portion of Queets Valley and part of the Queets River Trail is closed until the fire is under control. This news release has the details.

  • Enchanted Valley has re-opened after human-fed bears were frequenting the area; bear canisters are required. The full news release is here.

  • There's a new overlook along the recently re-opened Olympic Hot Springs Road.

  • The same news release mentions the ongoing closure of 4.5 miles of Whiskey Bend Rd, blocking access to the trailhead except by foot, bike or stock.

Washington Bikes posts great area ride ideas

posted Jun 17, 2015, 10:45 PM by Luke Hizer

Washington Bikes (Bicycle Alliance of Washington State) has been posting a series of great articles with great ride ideas and route information. Highlights include:

No public access to St Helens climb route, gotta pay MSHI

posted Jun 17, 2015, 10:38 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jun 30, 2015, 9:10 PM ]

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. 

Green River Trail Closures

posted Jun 14, 2015, 6:38 PM by Luke Hizer

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.

Snoqualmie Valley Trail Closure - limited detour

posted Jun 5, 2015, 11:35 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 12, 2015, 1:10 AM ]

Update: another, smaller closure from July 21-July 30th.

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:
  • Right on NE 124th St
  • Left on West Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE
  • Left on NE 100th St
  • Left on NE Carnation Farm Rd
  • Right on 310th Ave NE (becomes NE 60th St)
  • Cross 203 & find trail
  • or from NE 60th:
  • Right on 320th Ave NE
  • Left on NE 55th St
  • Right on 203 for a 1/4 mile and you’re in Carnation

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