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.

Cayuse Pass now open

posted 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.

Temporary trail into Elwah Valley opens

posted Feb 27, 2016, 11:34 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Feb 27, 2016, 11:35 PM ]

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.

Burke Gilman Detours Feb 23-26

posted Feb 20, 2016, 9:16 PM by Luke Hizer

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.

Railroad Bridge on the Olympic Discovery Trail to be closed for 5 weeks

posted Feb 12, 2016, 3:52 PM by Luke Hizer

If you ride the Olympic Discovery Trail on the Peninsula, be aware that the Railroad Bridge over the Dungeness River will be closed for up to 5 weeks while the wooden deck is replaced with concrete. A detour will be in place.

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