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3 Mobile Apps for Outdoor Exploring

New and updated outdoor apps on your phone are perfect for finding new trails or exploring the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. If you’re looking to flatten your own bulging curve during the COVID-19 pandemic, or if you want access to current trip reports and trail conditions around Washington, then you might consider some of the following apps for your …

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New California Creek Trail at Mica Peak

Spokane County, Wash. Construction of California Creek, the main singletrack trail at Mica Peak Conservation Area, just wrapped up at the end of July 2020 in spite of new complications placed on volunteer projects due to COVID-19. This project has been years in the making, and while the trail has been open and accessible to the public for most of the last year, …

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Work Begins on New Dishman Hills Trailhead

Spokane Valley, Wash.  Volunteer efforts are in the works on a new trailhead on the south side of the Dishman Hills, just west of the Rocks of Sharon. The yet-to-be publicly opened Wilson Trailhead, the new gateway to the 137-acre Wilson Conservation Area purchased last fall, will complement the increasingly busy Stevens Creek Trailhead just two miles away.  Volunteers from the Dishman …

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National Buffalo Soldiers Trail Under Consideration

By Dave Copelan Wallace, Idaho  Largely forgotten for over a century, the story of what may be America’s greatest ever cycling adventure could finally be getting its due, courtesy of a proposed National Buffalo Soldiers Trail.  Back in 1897, U.S. Buffalo Soldiers, a group of all African American soldiers, were ordered to pedal 1,900 miles from Ft. Missoula to St. …

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Website Catalogs Inland NW Adventures

Kellogg, Idaho  Longtime outdoor enthusiasts Chic Burge and David Crafton launched a new website focused on highlighting routes and trails throughout the Inland Northwest. Initially focused on Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Western Montana, with a handful of Canadian hikes, the website, Inlandnwroutes.com, catalogs hundreds of miles of trails and backcountry routes throughout the area, as well as several …

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Even when you're hard at work, there's always time for a laugh on a work party. Photo: Jane Baker, Washington Trails Association

Volunteer Trail Work

When Washington moves into Phase 3, the Washington Trails Association will be adding additional day trip opportunities to support and give back to trails. For experienced backpackers, sign up for a strenuous backpack-style maintenance trip to Jackson Creek/Shedroof Divide in the Salmo Priest Wilderness on a portion of the Pacific Northwest Trail at the end of August.  For …

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Riverside State Park Trail Map Released

Spokane, Wash.  Last month, the Riverside State Park Foundation proudly released the most complete and comprehensive trail map for Washington’s largest state park. Considering Riverside State Park occupies 9,194 acres along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers, the demand for an accurate and thorough map has been enormous in recent years. The 18” x 24” …

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