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.
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Area news and notes - April 12, 2014

posted Apr 12, 2014, 9:08 PM by Luke Hizer

A collection of outdoor news from the Western Washington area:

Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rd closures about to start - April 7, 2014

posted Apr 7, 2014, 11:15 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Apr 9, 2014, 10:31 PM ]

The latest blog post from the WTA highlights upcoming closures as the paving of Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road gets underway:


The Lake Dorothy Road, which some people use as an alternative to one section of the Middle Fork Road, will be closed to all public traffic. (See map.)

Full road closures should be expected on the main Middle Fork Road beginning as soon as May 5, 2014 and extending through October 31, 2014 as follows:

Eastern Intersection of Lake Dorothy Road (Upper Couplet or Road) to Middle Fork Campground
Road Closed: 12:00pm Monday — 12:00pm Friday
Road Open: 12:00pm Friday — 12:00pm Monday (Up to 60 minute delays may occur.)

CCC Trailhead to Middle Fork Campground 
Road Closed: 7 Day a Week Closure - July 28, 2014 to September 26, 2014

Update: here's another good summary from the Mountains to Sound Greenway Blog.

Climbing permits required for Mt St Helens - April 2014

posted Apr 7, 2014, 10:57 PM by Luke Hizer

As of April 1, it's permit season on Mt St Helens; you need one if you are going above 4,800 ft. There's no limit on permits through May 14th, at which point a limit of 100 per day kick in:

April 1 through May 14$22none
May 15 through October 31$22100 climbers per day
November 1 through March 31nonenone

Last weekend to visit the Rainier Snowplay Area - March 26, 2014

posted Mar 26, 2014, 8:17 PM by Luke Hizer

After this weekend, the snowplay area at Paradise in Mt Rainier National Park will be closed for the season. For more information about seasonal changes at the park, see this news release.

High Campbell lift at Crystal Mountain damaged by avalanche, out indefinitely - March 12, 2014

posted Mar 12, 2014, 12:27 AM by Luke Hizer

There have been some heavy avalanches at Crystal Mountain, impacting the High Campbell lift:

From the latest mountain report:

Special Notice The bottom of the High Campbell chairlift was taken out by an very large avalanche late yesterday afternoon. The area was closed and nobody was hurt. The avalanche was triggered by an explosive set by ski patrol at around 4:45pm. We are currently experiencing abnormal avalanche conditions. Bear Pitts, Powder Bowl, High Campbell and Employee Housing have all produced large avalanches, triggered by explosives. These slides produced 6-8 foot crowns, slid to the ground and took out many trees. These slopes will most likely remain closed for some time. Other avalanche prone terrain such as Exterminator will be closed until the snow pack stabilizes. Please bear with us as we work to mitigate this hazard. As always, respect the patrol, don't duck ropes, enter through gates only and practice patience.

A picture, via their Twitter feed, is available here.

Longmire gates open two extra hours on weekends - March 9, 2014

posted Mar 9, 2014, 3:47 PM by Luke Hizer

With the time change and the extra light, the road from Longmire to Paradise at Mt Rainier National Park will be open later on weekends. From the news release:
6:00 p.m. Uphill gate closes
7:00 p.m. Downhill gate closes, road closed
Weekdays, Monday-Friday hours will remain the same as present through March:
4:00 p.m. Uphill gate closes
5:00 p.m.   Downhill gate closes, road closed

2014 Seattle Bike Map Available Now

posted Mar 8, 2014, 10:30 PM by Luke Hizer

The 2014 version of the Seattle Bike map is available now. See this page for more information or to order a printed copy.

2014 Construction from Nisqually Entrance to Paradise at Mt Rainier NP

posted Mar 2, 2014, 1:21 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Apr 9, 2014, 11:36 PM ]

Starting tomorrow, there will be construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Paradise, potentially adding an hour delay to the round-trip. The work will run through the fall. See here for more information.

Next weekend is a National Parks fee-free day - Feb 7, 2014

posted Feb 7, 2014, 2:01 PM by Luke Hizer

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived next weekend for President's Day. The following fees are waived:

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

See this page for additional information. Washington State Parks are not participating in this particular fee-free day.

Notes and News - Feb 2, 2014

posted Feb 2, 2014, 9:16 PM by Luke Hizer

A couple upcoming items for the week:

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