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.
Pacific Northwest Outdoor News and Updates
There are several exciting updates this week:
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.
The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is back open in Stillwater, between Duvall and Carnation; the 1,100 ft of trail had been closed since last year and because there was no detour, it effectively closed the trail at that point. More articles here and here. The Tokul Trestle closure is still in place, but that portion of the trail should re-open sometime this spring.
Some notes from around the area:
Olympic National Park works have opened a temporary foot trail around the washout on Olympic Hot Springs road, allowing access into the Elwah Valley. The washout has closed the road not far from the park entrance, blocking access to the hot springs and the Whiskey Bend Trailhead. The park hopes to have the road open for the summer season.
There's trail repair work on the Burke Gilman next week, just beyond Kenmore at Swamp Creek. There will be a detour onto NE 175th. Just beyond that, there's a short stretch where you'll need to walk your bike. Work should complete by Friday. Full details are here.
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