Month: September 2020

A forested mountainside during fall.

New California Creek Trail at Mica Peak

Spokane County, Wash. Construction of California Creek, the main singletrack trail at Mica Peak Conservation Area, just wrapped up at the end of July 2020 in spite of new complications placed on volunteer projects due to COVID-19. This project has been years in the making, and while the trail has been open and accessible to the public for most of the last year, …

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A person hiking through a field with two pine trees.

Work Begins on New Dishman Hills Trailhead

Spokane Valley, Wash.  Volunteer efforts are in the works on a new trailhead on the south side of the Dishman Hills, just west of the Rocks of Sharon. The yet-to-be publicly opened Wilson Trailhead, the new gateway to the 137-acre Wilson Conservation Area purchased last fall, will complement the increasingly busy Stevens Creek Trailhead just two miles away.  Volunteers from the Dishman …

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National Buffalo Soldiers Trail Under Consideration

By Dave Copelan Wallace, Idaho  Largely forgotten for over a century, the story of what may be America’s greatest ever cycling adventure could finally be getting its due, courtesy of a proposed National Buffalo Soldiers Trail.  Back in 1897, U.S. Buffalo Soldiers, a group of all African American soldiers, were ordered to pedal 1,900 miles from Ft. Missoula to St. …

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A girl smiling in her garden.

Local Girl Completes Virtual Race Across Tennessee

Priest Lake, Idaho  With so many races cancelled due to COVID-19, some creative race directors opted for ‘virtual’ races. The Race Across Tennessee is a popular race founded by Gary Cantrell, the same race director for the Barkley Marathons. Normally, ultramarathoners race the diagonal length of Tennessee, roughly 1,000 kilometers, but this year runners were allowed to document …

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A forested mountain on the side of the lake.

Website Catalogs Inland NW Adventures

Kellogg, Idaho  Longtime outdoor enthusiasts Chic Burge and David Crafton launched a new website focused on highlighting routes and trails throughout the Inland Northwest. Initially focused on Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Western Montana, with a handful of Canadian hikes, the website, Inlandnwroutes.com, catalogs hundreds of miles of trails and backcountry routes throughout the area, as well as several …

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A man skiing with his two dogs.

New Technical Outdoor Gear Shop to Open

Spokane, Wash.  When Mountain Gear closed its doors this past January after 37 years of selling technical outdoor gear, Spokane-area climbers and backcountry skiers were suddenly left without a local source for select gear and expertise. Conversations around the local outdoors community quickly turned to speculation about who would step up to fill the obvious hole left …

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A couple tricycling down a trail.

Ride These Short, Scenic Sections of North Idaho’s Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

73-miles of Paved, Mostly Flat Pathway Make for Fun and Easy Riding The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, named one of the 25 top trails in the nation by the Rails to Trails Conservancy in 2010, is one of the longest paved biking trails in the Northwest. Much of the trail is flat with frequent restrooms and …

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