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.

For information on biking in the Seattle area, see this page.

For information on Western Washington hiking, see this page.


Olympic Hot Springs Road to re-open in early October

posted Jul 26, 2016, 7:06 PM by Luke Hizer

Olympic National Park announced that repair work on Olympic Hot Springs Rd started July 25th and will run through early October. The road was washed out last November and has been closed to vehicles since then, blocking access to the hot springs, Whiskey Bend Trailhead and many of the popular Elwah-area hiking trails. The temporary trail around the washout, established for hikers, bikers and horses, will be closed during construction as well; no access of any kind will be permitted until the re-opening.

WTA's blog post has more details and a listing of all the affected trails.

The Peninsula Daily News also has additional background on the project.

Middle Fork Road closed until July 29th

posted Jul 20, 2016, 5:47 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 22, 2016, 8:05 PM ]


According to this tweet from the Forest Service, Middle Fork Road will be closed until July 29th, including the weekend. More details about the project and the closure are available here.

Anit-Aircraft Peak Trailhead renamed

posted Jul 4, 2016, 12:09 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 4, 2016, 2:34 PM ]

At Cougar Mountain, Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead and an associated trail have been renamed in honor of Harvey Manning - a longtime conservationist and open space advocate. King County Parks suggests trying the hike to Coal Creek Falls.

Road to Artist Point now open

posted Jun 25, 2016, 9:20 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jun 25, 2016, 9:23 PM ]

State Route 542 is now open beyond the Mt Baker Ski Area to Artist Point. There's still a lot of snow.

Latest outdoor news

posted Jun 16, 2016, 9:59 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jun 23, 2016, 9:33 PM ]

Almost high season!
  • In the North Cascades National Park, the Cascade River Road is now open to the trailhead.

  • Evergreen is starting on a new trail system in the Raging River State Forest that will connect to Tiger Mountain. Fifteen miles of trails scheduled to open in late summer of 2017. Something to look forward to.

  • A quarter-mile of the Green River Trail in Kent will be shut down for about another month. The closure can be avoided by detouring on surface streets.

  • There's a new bus service connecting North Bend to Rattlesnake Lake. The Cedar Falls Loop costs $1 and runs from May through September.

  • Down at Mt St Helens, Forest Rd 99 is open tomorrow, but you can only get to it via FR-25 from the north. The part south of 99 should open in a few weeks.

  • The Tokul Trestle is back open, which means you can now ride the entire Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

  • The City of Redmond has posted a video explaining the detours on the East Lake Sammamish trail due to work on the Redmond Central Connector. The detours are expected to last through October. Additional information here.

Road to Blanca Lake washed out 4 miles from trailhead

posted May 17, 2016, 7:27 PM by Luke Hizer

A washout has closed the road leading to Blanca Lake Trail, a popular hiking destination near Skykomish. If you want to get to the lake, plan on an extra 4-mile road hike from the washout to trailhead.

Bicycle Sunday

posted May 13, 2016, 9:26 PM by Luke Hizer

It's time for another Bicycle Sunday, ride car-free on Lake Washington Blvd (the portion just south of I-90 to Seward Park, about 3 miles) on May 16th from 10am-6pm.  Next on is on Memorial Day weekend.

Various Updates

posted May 7, 2016, 12:34 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated May 11, 2016, 6:58 PM ]

Several openings and news items as weather warms and we head towards summer:

Cayuse Pass now open

posted Apr 29, 2016, 6:31 PM by Luke Hizer

Cayuse Pass - which links SR 410 and SR 123 to provide a through route along the eastern edge of Mt Rainier Park - is now open.
Steven's Canyon Rd, off of SR 123 south of the pass, has also been opened to the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead.

North Cascades Highway opens Friday

posted Apr 21, 2016, 9:59 PM by Luke Hizer

WSDOT has announced that Highway 20, aka North Cascades Highway, will be opening this Friday, April 22nd, allowing access to the North Cascades National Park for the 2016 season. The WTA also has an article on the opening.

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