Month: March 2019

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Inland NW Race, Ride, & Event Guide 2019: Mountain Biking

Gran Fondo Ephrata (March 17): Ride 50 or 80 miles along primitive back roads in central Washington, with 2,700’+ elevation gain. Hilly Nilly Gravel Series (March 17, April 28, May 5, June 9): Organized by Trek Bicycle Store in Coeur d’Alene and Vertical Earth, this free, no-support, 20-40+ mile ride series takes place on hilly …

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Inland NW Race, Ride, & Event Guide 2019: Cycling

Lilac Century (April 28): Now taking place in April, rather than late May, this 26th annual event gives all its proceeds to local charities supported by the Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary Club. Ride options include: Century (100 miles), Metric Century (66 miles), 50-Mile Ride, 25-Mile Ride, and 15-Mile Ride and Family Ride. All routes start/finish …

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Inland NW Race, Ride, & Event Guide 2019: Trail Running

Caveman Roar & Pour 5k Trail Fun Run (March 16): Run through the vineyard overlooking the Columbia River Gorge before the wine tasting event at Cave B Estate Winery in Quincy, Wash. Includes Carol’s Cabernet Loop Kid’s Run. O’Grady’s St. Paddy’s 5k Run (March 17): A timed 5k on trails surrounding the Sleeping Lady Resort …

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Inland NW Race, Ride, & Event Guide 2019: Road Running

With over 100 events this spring, summer, and fall, our 3rd annual guide for road and trail running, cycling, mountain biking, triathlons, and other outdoorsy events has something for everyone—no matter your age or ability, or whether you’re a weekend warrior or hard-core competitor. Find an event right for you or your family, register, and …

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Spokane’s Desert Outback: Hiking Rock Creek’s Long Ago Lava Curtain

Fifty miles southwest of Spokane, a nameless dirt road veers into a rugged valley that could easily be a movie set for a Big Sky western. The sprawling former sheep ranch into which the road spills straddles Rock Creek for eight miles. Countless crags and buttes form horizons that seem to pull on the sky …

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Olmsted 2.0: Designing the Future of Public Lands in the Inland NW

“This is an opportunity to dream big, create an aspirational vision, and align our efforts to protect natural lands for the benefit of us all.” The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy (INLC) is leading a region-wide collaborative effort to build on Spokane’s already strong commitment to parks, conservation, and outdoor recreation through a project called Olmsted …

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Trail Volunteer Spotlight: John & Madison McArthur 

Yes, trailwork is hard work, but to illustrate how accessible it can be, check out the father-daughter duo of John and Madison McArthur. Both are multi-sport athletes who are active volunteers with several groups. Madison, age 10, is already a two-year veteran of trail projects. When asked about their favorite aspect of trailwork and what …

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State of Inland Northwest Hiking Trails

Recreational trails in the Inland Northwest are constantly undergoing upgrades, thanks to local volunteers who tackle both new and ongoing projects in our region. Months or even years before recreationists see new trail construction, upgrades to existing trails, or even annual maintenance, dedicated representatives from local organizations are meeting with land managers. Together, they identify …

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