Month: August 2015

Experience Legendary Colville Area Road Biking and All-You-Can-Eat Chili at Blazing Saddles & Spoons (September 19)

If you’re not ready to let summer go quite yet, plan to head on up to the Northeast Washington for the Blazing Saddles and Spoons Bike Ride and Chili Cook-off (blazing100.org) September 19 at the fairgrounds in Colville. The quality of cycling on the back-road byways in the Colville area is phenomenal: spectacular scenery, little …

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Hiker with a backpack looking at the sunset view atop rocks at Scotchman Peaks wilderness.

7 Wild Places — Epic Backcountry Drives & Adventures Along the Way

Backcountry roads can be the necessary evil of adventure: every recreationist has his or her story of harrowing, white-knuckled mountain driving or late-night tire repair far from the nearest Les Schwab. But sometimes it’s ok to embrace the backcountry drive, not as a means of getting to the destination but as the destination itself. On …

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Learn about Recreation Opportunities around Lake Roosevelt with REI’s Find Your Park Series (August 27)

New to town or have you always wanted to get to get to know the Lake Roosevelt area more? Join REI and the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area to “Find Your Park” and discover the best spots to recreate locally along with the first-hand knowledge you will need to enjoy your time on the trails. …

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Inland Northwest Wildfire Resources for Outdoor Recreationists

With hundreds of wildfires burning around the Pacific Northwest, including thousands of acres in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, the skies around Spokane look apocalyptic today. Fire fighters have died, homes have burned, communities have been evacuated, roads and huge swaths of public lands have been closed. While wildfires are a natural part of our …

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A Guide to the New Downtown Spokane River Access and Boat Launch

The new Downtown Spokane River Access Point opens this week. Located directly under the Division Street Bridge off of the Centennial Trail on the south side of the Spokane River, the launch provides canoers, kayakers, and paddleboarders convenient water access in downtown Spokane. I launched the Riverkeeper canoe there this week for my weekly litter …

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Hike of the Month: Copper Butte (Kettle Range, NE Washington)

NOTE: THE ENTIRE KETTLE CREST AREA OF THE COLVILLE NATIONAL FOREST HAS BEEN CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE ACTIVITY! Although I highly recommend completing the full length of the Kettle Crest, this shorter out-and-back sampler takes visitors to the Crest’s highest summit in a more manageable 6-mile, round-trip distance. The route includes the historic Old Stage …

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