Welcome to The Trailhead! Inland NW trail and outdoor news for regional recreation and adventure travel destinations.
New & Improved Trail Alerts!
The Stickpin Trail, a feeder trail to the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail in Northeast Washington, is getting a much-needed facelift. It has been unmaintained since the Stickpin Fire of 2015 but will be brought up to standard this summer.
Improvements include some minor reroutes to avoid wetland areas along the trail that were perennial problem spots. (Find stories about the Kettle Crest in the OTO archives.)
Additionally, two new overlooks near Boundary Dam in Pend Oreille County north of Newport, Wash., should be open to the public by the end of August. Planned future improvements in the area include a new hiking trail connecting the two overlooks via an approximately 5-mile nonmotorized trail.
Okanogan Land Trust Weekend, July 9-10
The nonprofit Okanogan Land Trust is hosting a volunteer project on Strawberry Mountain in north central Washington on July 9, followed by an annual meeting and 30th year celebration at the Lost Lake group campsite (free).
On July 10, join the Get Lost! trail race, a fundraiser to help support the work of OLT with race distances at 3, 7, and 14 miles (registration fee required), plus a free kids’ 1k run for the littlest racers.
Teanaway Community Forest Events
The Teanaway Community Forest, a 50,241-acre slice of Washington State-owned forest near Yakima. This forest is managed with diverse community and conservation interests as a major goal. The summer series of free public events includes a Forest Health and Resiliency Tour on July 9, a Geology Tour on July 23, a Native Plants Walk on August 6, and a Late Season Birding Trip on August 20.
Hikes & Interpretive Tours at Scotchman Peaks & Mount Spokane
The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is hosting a family-friendly tour to North Idaho’s Ross Creek Cedars on July 1 and a moderate hike along Dry Creek on July 11. (More event details on the Friends’ website events page or Facebook page.)
The hikes include the Four Summits on July 10, the Burping Brook Loop on July 23, and a Huckleberry Hike on July 30 (fee required). Advance registration with Parks and Recreation is required.
Free Park Days
In celebration of the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, gain free entry to all National Parks on August 4.
If heading to Glacier National Park this summer, be sure to check out the robust interpretive program and cultural presentations hosted in collaboration with the Native America Speaks program. There is at least one event each day in both July and August. Many events are free, although some do have a nominal charge.
For Washington State Parks, there are four more fee-free days this year, Sept.-November. Plan now — this is a great opportunity to encourage family and friends who don’t yet have a Discover Pass to visit a state park; or even invite them to join you for day-visit.
upcoming Trail & Stewardship Projects: July-August 2022
Trailwork and public lands stewardship projects continue to seek volunteer help across the Inland Northwest. The summer season brings projects at higher elevations, including both day trips and backpacking volunteer opportunities.
- Evergreen East: In addition to ongoing Spokane-area mountain bike trail projects, Evergreen East will be working near the Kettle Crest in conjunction with Kettle Fest, a long weekend of group rides, trail work, camping, and camaraderie July 13-17. Evergreeneast.org.
- Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness: Robust schedule of volunteer trail maintenance projects include trips to Scotchman Peak, Little Spar Lake, and Star Peak. Or sign up to become a Goat Ambassador! Register online to volunteer on a weekend or holiday to help educate the public on how to keep both mountain goats and trail visitors safe on Scotchman Peak.
- Idaho Trails Association: Summer trail work trips across the state include the Pulaski Tunnel Trail on August 5, the Pend Oreille Divide August 13-15, and Fawn Lake in the Mallard Larkin Pioneer Area on August 21-27.
- Pacific Northwest Trail Association: Upcoming events includes volunteer work parties aimed at new volunteers, drop-in work parties for experienced volunteers who are willing to work alongside PNTA Performance Crews, and Backcountry Trips that require two or more days of camping/backpacking along with volunteer trail maintenance. Summer highlights include trips within the Pasayten Wilderness, along the Kettle Crest, and within the Salmo Priest Wilderness.
- Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association: Several trail projects within the Eagle Cap Wilderness include near Minam Meadows and the Imnaha River.
- Washington Trails Association: Upcoming WTA events include summer day trips for Washington State Parks at both Mount Spokane and Riverside, for the Kalispel Tribe Natural Resources Department at Indian Creek Community Forest, and Backcountry Response Team Trips (backpacking opportunities) to the Salmo Priest Wilderness.
Find signup links to volunteer opportunities with several of these great nonprofits on the Out There stewardship volunteer calendar: Outthereoutdoors.com/volunteer-scheduling.