Aaron Theisen

Man biking through central washington.

Biking Central Washington’s Beezley Hill

It’s cold and the low point in a long, high-pressure system, the kind of doldrums that make winter months stretch on forever. The air in Spokane is stagnant, and the temperature is at that not-so-sweet spot where both the snow and singletrack are sticky. Meanwhile, I’m sweating onto sagebrush and sandy singletrack under full sun and 55-degree temperatures. At Beezley Hill, on the edge of Ephrata in central Washington, it’s T-shirt weather—as long as the wind isn’t blowing.  Mention Beezley Hill to local mountain bikers and it …

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A forested mountain scape.

3 Scenic Inland NW Drives with Day Hikes

The federal government owns nearly 30 percent of Washington’s land; in Idaho, that figure is more than doubled. Which is to say, we, the public, own some of the most beautiful real estate in the country, from sagebrush steppe to subalpine meadows. And while much of it is remote backcountry requiring serious sweat equity, vast swaths border backroads and two-lane highways.   …

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