Hike of the Month

Close up view of the property boundary sign on a tree and the Grande Ronde River in the background.

Hike of the Month: Chief Joseph State Wildlife Area in Southeast Washington

By March the 4-O Ranch unit of the Chief Joseph State Wildlife Area is easing into spring mode. Green grass is returning to the open …

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Winter hike to the end of the Cliffs Trail.

Spokane’s Glenrose Conservation Area and Dishman Hills Conservancy by Holly Weiler

In the depths of winter our Spokane County Parks can provide a nature fix without requiring difficult drives or complicated parking permits. These local parks …

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Photo from a distance of hiker in the snow.

Hike of the Month: Panjab, Mount Misery, and Upper Rattlesnake Trails (Umatilla National Forest)

While Memorial Day to Labor Day may be prime time for backpacking, it’s not absolutely necessary to pack away the tent until warmer weather returns. …

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Photo of Lower Blossom lake with snow covered mountains in the background.

Hike of the Month: Blossom Lake (Lolo National Forest, Montana)

Blossom Lakes trail receives the majority of its hiker and backpacker attention in the summer months, but those seeking a little solitude on the Idaho/Montana …

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Photo of hiker climbing steep boulder field.

Hiking The Mollies (Priest Lake, Idaho)

The most difficult part of this hike is getting to the trailhead, as the forest service (FS) road to the beginning of the trail is …

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Photo of the Bitterroot Mountains from Mud Lake.

Hike of the Month: Mud Lake Loop (Lolo National Forest)

Clearwater Crossing is one of the best starting locations for a variety of trips into the proposed Great Burn Wilderness. Located just over the Montana …

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Photo of Emerald Lake

Hiking to Emerald Lake (Colville National Forest)

The hike from Trout Lake trailhead to Emerald Lake is, for the most part, a moderately-difficult, flower-lined trail featuring stately, old-growth Ponderosa pine and interesting …

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Photo of hiker on trail through lupine flowers.

Hiking Sawtooth Ridge: Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness

June is a superb time to visit the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in the Umatilla National Forest south of Spokane. The range is called the Blue Mountains …

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Photo of arrowleaf balsamroot in bloom on Colville Mountain.

Colville Mountain Trails, City of Colville, Wash.

I find myself passing through Colville on my way to nearby recreational access points several times each month. It’s a great place to stop for …

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View of the Spokane River from McLellan.

Hiking Spokane’s McLellan Conservation Area

  A secluded peninsula jutting out along the Spokane River, McLellan Conservation Area offers early season accessibility and relatively easy hiking.  Early April wildflowers will …

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