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.

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.

Puget Sound area outdoor news

posted Apr 1, 2016, 6:01 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Apr 22, 2016, 4:00 PM ]

There are several exciting updates this week:

SR-20 clearing underway

posted Mar 24, 2016, 8:46 PM by Luke Hizer

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.

All Wilderness Permits at Mt Rainier to be first-come, first-served in 2016

posted Mar 24, 2016, 8:41 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Mar 25, 2016, 6:46 AM ]

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

The Seattle Times also has a good article on the new system and the potential for long lines at the Ranger Stations. So does the WTA.

Snoqualmie Valley Trail reopened in Stillwater

posted Mar 20, 2016, 11:25 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Mar 20, 2016, 11:25 PM ]

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.


posted Mar 12, 2016, 5:17 PM by Luke Hizer

Some notes from around the area:
  • Starting today, the road from Longmire to Paradise will be open later, until 9pm, due to the time change. Opening is still dependent on conditions. For more details and the latest on extended facility hours, see the full post.

  • For the latest backcountry conditions at Mt Rainier, see the 3/9/16 Winter Trails Report.

  • The Monte Cristo trail and ghost town are back open after decontamination and cleanup of the old mine site last year.

  • Olympic National Park will begin accepting reservations for the season on 3/15/16, see this page for information on fees and how to apply.

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