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.

Group of volunteers for the Spokane River Clean-Up, holding a sign that says Spokane Riverkeeper, and nearly 20 huge plastic bags of trash, depicting how much debris and litter was cleaned up.

Help Clean Up Along the Spokane River

Three ways volunteers can help pick-up trash along the river in 2021: public clean-up events, DIY group events, and business/civic group events. Spokane Riverkeeper and the Spokane River Forum clean-up events are happening this spring and summer.

Dirt area of a park with a mountain biking instructor demonstrating a skill with a bike to a group of students.

Take a Mountain Bike Skills Clinics

Whether you’re a beginner or want to hone some advanced mountain biking skills, Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance is offering clinics this spring and summer to fit all abilities and skill levels.

Two bikers pedaling on a trail through a meadow in a forest in North Idaho.

ROW Adventures Adds Rail Trail Biking Tours

ROW Adventures now offers fully-guided bike tours of Inland Northwest rail trails. Guided trips include meal stops, support van, and comfortable hotel lodging each night.

Chris Kopczynski holding his newly published book.

Local Climbing Legend Chris Kopczynski Publishes New Book

Review of Spokane mountain climber Chris Kopczynski’s memoir “Into the Thin Hair,” that includes stories about his global climbing adventures during the 1970s-90s, which includes the Seven Summits (highest point on every continent) and several Himalayan peaks.

People standing on the sandy beach and in the water at Priest River Recreation Area, with kayaks and other paddling gear on the shoreline.

Inaugural Paddling & Rowing Event in Priest River: August 21

Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association is hosting a celebration of non-motorized water recreation at North Idaho’s Priest River Recreation Area on August 21, 2021.

Aerial view of the Pend Oreille River valley, with forested hillsides.

Kalispel Tribe Promotes Adventure Tourism in Pend Oreille County

The Kalispel Tribe and Kalispel RV Resort encourage more adventure tourism to the Pend Oreille County in northeast Washington.


Federal Court Halts Proposed Rock Creek Mine

Federal district court in Montana ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act by ignoring the impacts of the Rock Creek Mine proposal on federally-protected grizzly bears and bull trout.

Two women on bikes, wearing clothing gear and helmets, smiling at the camera, surrounded by other cyclists during Spokane Valley's Cycle Celebration.

Cycle Celebration Returns: July 25, 2021

Riders of all abilities are invited to enjoy a scenic ride during Cycle Celebration, July 25, 2021, an event that great for families, kids, and less-experienced riders of all ages.

People standing on a sandy beach getting instructions on how to properly hold and use a kayak paddle during the Spokatopia Outdoor Adventures Festival in Spokane, WA.

Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival Moves to September 18, 2021

After being cancelled in 2020, Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival returns on Sept. 18, 2021 (postponed from July) to Camp Sekani Park.

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