Children swimming and paddleboarding on Fish Lake, with trees in the background and a sandy beach in the foreground.

8 Family-Friendly Lake Parks for Hiking & Swimming

Favorite regional lake parks in North Idaho and Washington that offer great hiking and swimming options for hot summer days.

volunteer trail builders standing on a trail boardwalk-bridge in the forest, holding mallets

Volunteer with Idaho Trail Association This Summer: Work Projects in Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Idaho Trails Association organizes volunteers to help clear trails around the state, and have a summer 2021 schedule of work projects in Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

Man holding on to a wooden aerial ladder among trees at Mica Moon.

Spokane’s Mica Moon Zip Tours Expands Again

Driving down I-90 past Liberty Lake, you might never know one of the region’s biggest zipline tours was tucked away in the forested hillsides of …

Little Spokane River Natural Area - water surrounded by grasses, cat tails, and trees.

Hike to Rustler’s Gulch at Little Spokane River

A lovely spring hike, located in a portion of the West Branch Little Spokane River Wildlife Area, that’s a lollipop loop with a mix of double- and single-track trails.

Red, yellow, white, and purple wildflowers on the mountainside of the Pend Oreille River valley in northeast Washington.

The Trailhead: Trail Projects & Plans for May-June 2021

Welcome to The Trailhead — a new column that replaces “Hike of the Month” to serve as a round-up of interesting projects and plans for trails in the Inland Northwest.

Forested dirt trail winding through the forest.

Hike Wolf Trails in Newport, Wash.

Wolf Trails, located near Newport in the Colville National Forest, has an Upper and Lower trail system with 4-5 miles of interconnected loops for hiking or mountain biking.


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.

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).

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

10 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.

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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