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.

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 2, 2015, 4:20 PM ]

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

East Lake Sammamish: from this blog post.

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 Jun 21, 2015, 7:02 PM ]

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

West Rim Road at Crater Lake open

posted May 16, 2015, 12:47 AM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jun 17, 2015, 10:05 PM ]

Update 6/17: all of Crater Lake is now open, very early, etc...

Another 'earliest opening ever': the West Rim Road around Crater Lake in Oregon is now open. See this facebook posting for more information.  The full loop is not open yet.

Road to Artist's Point now open - earliest opening ever

posted May 16, 2015, 12:43 AM by Luke Hizer

State Highway 542 is now open all the way to Artist's Point. It's the earliest opening ever, and late snow could close it temporarily, but now is a great time to enjoy the panoramic views. See this WTA post for more information.

New shuttle to Mt Si, Little Si, and Teneriffe trailheads starts June 6th

posted May 10, 2015, 1:01 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jun 21, 2015, 9:05 PM ]

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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