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.

Hurricane Ridge Winter Schedule Available

posted Nov 26, 2015, 3:12 PM by Luke Hizer

Olympic National Park released the winter schedule for the Hurricane Ridge area: the road will generally be open on weekends and Monday holidays through the end of March. The ski/snowboard/tubing area will be open weekends starting Dec 6th. See the full news release for additional information on visitors centers, cross-country skiing, tubing, camping and other winter attractions.

Cayuse and Chinook Passes closed for the winter

posted Nov 26, 2015, 3:05 PM by Luke Hizer

More mountain pass closures, this time Chinook and Cayuse, right around their normal closing times. WSDOT announcement here, National Parks Service here.

Mt Rainier and Olympic National Park Fee-Free on 11/27

posted Nov 21, 2015, 9:46 PM by Luke Hizer

Mt Rainier and Olympic National Parks have announced that park fees will be waived on 11/27th, the Friday after Thanksgiving. The full news release is here.

North Cascades Highway closed for the winter

posted Nov 17, 2015, 6:34 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 6:37 PM ]

WSDOT announced the closure of SR 20, aka the North Cascades Highway, for the winter on November 16th. It's a relatively normal closure date.

Mt Rainier Winter Trails Report Available

posted Nov 14, 2015, 12:29 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 10:31 PM ]

Update 2: Here's the November 18th report

Update: also, recently released winter access information

Trail conditions are infrequently updated in the winter at Mt Rainier National Park. Rather than updates on the trail conditions page, they usually prepare a summary report.  The November 4th report (right after a major storm) is now available.  There's one additional note from 11/5 on the conditions page as well:

The log bridge over the Nisqually River along the Wonderland Trail below Carter Falls (near Cougar Rock Campground) has been washed out by recent storms. It is likely that other log bridges/footlogs along trails throughout the park have also washed out. These footlogs will not be replaced until spring. Please plan accordingly. (11/5/15)

Veteran's Day, November 11th, is a fee-free day

posted Nov 7, 2015, 12:31 PM by Luke Hizer

A reminder that there will be no fees at National Parks this Weds in honor of Veteran's Day. Also no fees at Washington State Parks, or Bureau of Land Management and US Fish & Wildlife sites.

Harts Pass Road closes early due to rockfall

posted Nov 7, 2015, 10:29 AM by Luke Hizer

The Forest Service announced that the road to Hart's Pass has closed earlier than the typical December 1st date due to rockfall. Hart's Pass is the highest driveable point in Washington State and is near Winthrop in the North Cascades. It intersects the Pacific Crest Trail near the Canadian Border.

New Mountain Bike Trails at Black Diamond

posted Nov 3, 2015, 4:51 PM by Luke Hizer

King County, REI and Evergreen are working on new mountain biking trails at Black Diamond. They're scheduled to open in spring of 2016.

Last 2.7 miles of 542 closed to Artist Point

posted Nov 3, 2015, 4:51 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Nov 7, 2015, 8:32 AM ]

More winter closures, especially after the storm this weekend. WSDOT has shut down the last segment of SR 542 to Artist Point as of November 1st. It's the latest closing date ever recorded. 

Whiskey Bend Road in Olympic National Park has re-opened

posted Nov 1, 2015, 6:32 PM by Luke Hizer

The storm damage to Whiskey Bend Rd has been repaired ahead of schedule, meaning the road is back open for the first time since late 2014. Great news for hikers who want to access the Elwah and Long Ridge Trails.

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