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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
WSDOT has announced
that the winter assessment of SR-20 is completed and that clearing of the highway through the North Cascades National Park is underway. Estimated opening is about six weeks, roughly the end of April. Photos are available on WSDOT's Flickr page
Mt Rainier National Park has announced
that all wilderness permits for 2016 will be available on a first-come, first-served system (walk-up) only. Permits can be applied for only on the day before or day of the trip at the Wilderness Centers at Longmire and White River or the Carbon River Ranger Station. In prior years, the majority of permits were available for advance reservations.
An internet-based reservations system is planned to go online in 2017. In the meantime, car campgrounds like Cougar Rock can still be reserved via Recreation.gov.