Hiking

12 Close-To-Home Warm Weather Adventures

When you don’t have time for a full out-of-town trip or you just need a quick adventure fix, try a variation on one of these local gems recommended by OTO publisher Derrick Knowles.

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Two hikers on a trail in the Kettle Crest Range -- wearing backpacks and using trekking poles. Forested mountain side with peaks in the distance. Sunny, blue sky with clouds.

32 Spring & Summer Inland NW Trip Ideas

Inland Northwest trip ideas for North Idaho and Washington: including the Silver Valley, Lake Pend Oreille, Salmon River Canyons (ID); and Kettle River Country, Pend Oreille River, and Lake Roosevelt (WA).

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View from a kayak of waterfall, Peewee Falls, over basalt rock into the Pend Oreille River.

10 Adventure & Travel Planning Tips for Summer 2021

Use these 10 travel planning tips to help you make the most of your spring and summer adventures during the COVID-19 pandemic era.

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Kids and moms hiking along the trails at High Drive Bluff Park in Spokane.

5 Tips for Spring Hikes with Kids

Whether it’s one child or a small group of siblings, cousins, or friends, use these 5 tips to prepare for your next hiking adventure. Happy hikers want to go out again.

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Woman hiking with her dog on a forested trail at Slavin Conservation Area.

8 Spirit-Boosting Spring Hikes for Kids

Spending time in a forest or exploring a lake shoreline are stress-reducing, morale-boosting activities for kids, helping to stabilize emotions and provide mental clarity. Explore a new trail and find some unplugged, wild serenity this spring with these 8 Inland Northwest hikes, which can be tailored for different hiking abilities.

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View of rolling green hills of Palouse farmland from the summit from Kamiak Butte.

Hiking Kamiak Butte in Whitman County, Wash.

Kamiak Butte (3,641′ elevation) is the second tallest point in Whitman County and a designated National Natural Landmark. One of four county parks, the butte can have some of the earliest spring wildflowers in March and April, although early season visitors should also be prepared for potentially snowy and icy conditions in shady spots as well as higher on the trail system.

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Map of the Blue Mountains Trail in northeast Oregon.

Remapping a Lost Thru-Hike in Northeast Oregon

The Blue Mountains Trail, a work in progress for decades, has evolved into a 566-mile point-to-point long-distance trail with a spiral shape connecting its two ends, Wallowa Lake State Park near Joseph and John Day.

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Forested area during the fall with a mountain in the background.

Land Conservancy Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Spokane, Wash. Since its founding, the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy has protected more than 22,000 acres in public and private areas throughout Spokane and Kootenai …

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Climbing Permit Changes for Mount St Helens

Castle Rock, Wash. Outdoor recreation areas around the Pacific Northwest have been extremely crowded during the pandemic. Last summer, the Forest Service and county sheriff’s …

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Le Bent Women's Backcountry Socks.

Gear Review: Le Bent Women’s Backcountry Socks

Following in the footsteps of the Le Send backcountry touring sock launched last year, the Elyse Saugstad Pro Model Women’s Backcountry Socks keep the key design elements of the Le Send original.

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