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.

Tokul Creek Trestle closure on Snoqualmie Valley Trail starting Sept 15

posted Aug 31, 2015, 6:09 AM by Luke Hizer

King County has announced that a three-mile stretch of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail will close from Sept 15, 2015 to spring of 2016 for the rehabilitation of the Tokul Creek Trestle. To detour, it looks like you will have to use busy 202/203.

SR 18 construction canceled, East Tiger accessible this weekend

posted Aug 28, 2015, 4:57 PM by Luke Hizer

The original construction closure on SR 18 this weekend (Aug 29-Aug 30) has been delayed (also see update on WSDOT's 'What's Happening Now' page) meaning you will still be able to get to the East Tiger trails .  Unfortunately, it was delayed because of bad weather, so it probably won't be the best riding conditions. No word yet on the re-scheduled dates.

Highway 20 closed through most of North Cascades National Park

posted Aug 22, 2015, 1:46 PM by Luke Hizer

Due to wildfires in the area, Highway 20 has been closed from milepost 118 - a little before Newhalem - and milespost 204 - east of Twisp.  That means most of the North Cascades National Park is inaccessible by car. Beyond that, there are numerous closures throughout the park.  The latest park and road conditions can be found here, and the latest on the highway closure is also available from WSDOT.

Mt Adams South Climbing Route and summit closed due to fire

posted Aug 19, 2015, 11:22 PM by Luke Hizer

The Forest Service announced Monday that due to the Cougar Creek Fire, the primary climbing route and the summit of Mt Adams - so really all climbing routes - are closed. Several roads in the area are closed as well. The order and a map of the affected area are available here.

East Lake Sammamish Trail construction delayed

posted Aug 15, 2015, 10:29 AM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Aug 15, 2015, 5:03 PM ]

Update: an in-depth article on the subject is available on Biking Bis.

Due to some permit hangups, the scheduled construction along the south segment of the trail has been delayed, leaving the entire trail open for several months. From the announcement:

Trail users may enjoy the full East Lake Sammamish Trail for a few more months before the next phase of construction begins. Originally slated to begin construction this fall, final development of the South Sammamish Segment A (from Southeast 43rd Way to Southeast 33rd Street) is temporarily on hold as King County works to ensure the trail meets national safety standards.

The full release with additional background is available here.

Washington State Park fee-free day on August 25th

posted Aug 11, 2015, 5:01 PM by Luke Hizer

Just a reminder that in two weeks (8/25/15) all Washington State Parks will be free for the day, no Discover Pass required. This one falls on a Tuesday, but the next one (9/26/15) will be on the weekend.

Area bike trail news

posted Aug 8, 2015, 1:17 AM by Luke Hizer

A few updates on trails around the area:

Pacific Crest Trail closed near Stehekin

posted Aug 4, 2015, 10:56 PM by Luke Hizer

Due to the ongoing fire in the vicinity of Lake Chelan and Stehekin, the Pacific Crest Trail has been closed indefinitely between Holden Village and the Stehekin River Road. The original detour route around the fire is also closed. The only way around to the south is via the Lady of the Lake ferry or by backtracking and shuttling around. Northbound hikers will be routed to the Suiattle Trail to Suiattle Rd to Hwy 20 where they can work back to Rainy Pass. Recent news releases are here and here.

Ride the Hurricane to close Hurricane Ridge Rd on Sunday morning

posted Jul 29, 2015, 10:18 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 29, 2015, 10:19 PM ]

On Sunday, August 2nd, the annual 'Ride the Hurricane' will close Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park from 6am until noon. The Park Service will then waive fees at the Heart 'O the Hills entrance station for the rest of the day once the road reopens.

Lookout Mountain Rd now open

posted Jul 26, 2015, 10:25 PM by Luke Hizer

The road to the 1.5 mile Lookout Mountain Trail - and it's lookout tower - is now open.  It's a popular area given the proximity to Twisp and the panoramic views. The new release from the Forest Service and this post from the WTA have all the details.

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