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Mountain Road Trips: Drivable Summits

Mountain Road Trips: Drivable Summits

Some people respond to the call of the wild with nothing but a sharpened stick and a bag of granola.

Besides the oft-traveled road to Hurricane Ridge outside Port Angeles (see page 107), here are five more Washington mountains you can summit in the relative comfort of your automobile. Mount Spokane: Twenty-five miles north of Spokane in the Selkirk Range is Mount Spokane State Park, a 13,919-acre forested camping park rich with wildlife and hiking…

101 on Washington State Volcanoes

101 on Washington State Volcanoes

If you live in the Northwest, you know: Those eye-popping mountain views come with a serious price t

Our state is home to five active or potentially active stratovolcanoes—tall, conical mountains built up over the centuries by layer upon layer of volcanic material. Until Mount St. Helens’ catastrophic blast in 1980, these mountains were the stuff of science fairs and history books. Now, many of us know terms such as pyroclastic flow (a…

The Truth About Bigfoot

The Truth About Bigfoot

From canyon to cave, the Sasquatch legend persists.

Rumors have circulated for years that Washington’s Cascades are the native habitat of Bigfoot (aka Sasquatch). Some certainly emanate from events that occurred (or not) one evening in 1924 in a canyon—ever since known as Ape Canyon (elevation: 4,200 feet)—southeast of Mount St. Helens. A group of miners shot at a mysterious 7-foot-tall apelike creature…

Ski Resorts and Crowd Free Trails

Ski Resorts and Crowd Free Trails

When winter arrives, we strap skis or boards to our feet and let gravity do its thing.

Going Downhill Here’s a handful of familiar snowsport options, plus one that’s a little out there. Visit skiwashington.com for more. The Summit at Snoqualmie (elevation: 5,420 feet)For a quick after-work ski session, head to Seattle’s closest resort. For the price of one lift ticket, you can enjoy four ski areas that accommodate the shy beginner…

9 Can't-miss Peaks

9 Can’t-miss Peaks

They’re massive. Magical. Magnificent. Northwest mountains to put on your bucket list.

We’ve all asked (and answered) the classic vacation question: The mountains or the shore? As it happens, we feel strongly both ways. But after publishing our Ultimate Coast Guide three years ago, we knew we had created an obvious imperative. And so we present our paean to Washington’s magnificent mountains. Why? Well, to paraphrase the…

Rachel Hart's Mountain High

Rachel Hart’s Mountain High

Our fearless leader talks mountains, chocolate cake and Seattle's soul.

That whole thing about climbing a mountain because it is there? Yeah, I’ve never quite understood that philosophy—unless it’s a metaphor that applies to something like a big piece of chocolate cake that happens to be in my line of vision. Many years ago, my husband and I were hiking Mount Rainier—this was pre-kids, so…

Get Scenic at the Columbia River Gorge

Get Scenic at the Columbia River Gorge

Take an artsy road trip to the first annual Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Discovery Month.

WHERE: The Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. WHY: For the first annual Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Discovery Month (columbiagorgeartsandculture.com), wherein 19 arts organizations spanning the Gorge celebrate local art, music and culture. Events include the Columbia Gorge Fiddle Contest (May 6-8 in Hood River, OR; columbiagorgefiddlecontest.com), featuring the best fiddlers in the west, plus…

Disney Cruises to Embark from Seattle Starting May 28, 2012: Pro or Con?

Disney Cruises to Embark from Seattle Starting May 28, 2012: Pro or Con?

Family-friendly Seatle vacations just got a boost with the announcement of Disney Cruises departing

Just got word today that starting May 28, 2012, Disney Cruises will sail from Seattle to Alaska, making stops at Tracy Arm, Skagway (aren’t they they known for pie or something like that?), Juneau and Ketchikan as well as Victoria, B.C. We’ve never been on a Disney cruise (or any cruise for that matter, though…

Outdoors: Put On Your Sailing Shoes

Outdoors: Put On Your Sailing Shoes

The Mountaineers Will Tie Them For You

How can you live in Seattle — right between the ocean and the lake — and not know how to sail? Now is your chance to make it right. The Mountaineers‘ Seattle four week sailing course begins on April 6, and includes four Wednesday evening classroom programs as well as at least one training sail…

Outdoors: Consider Rediscovering Discovery Park

Outdoors: Consider Rediscovering Discovery Park

Follow a Docent on a Hike Through Seattle's Premiere Park

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of touring Discovery Park in Magnolia, join a Seattle Park’s docent on a 3.5 mile walk there this coming Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. (ages 18+ only). Plan on some slight elevation gain and, given that this is Seattle, be prepared for mud and rain….

Outdoors: The North Cascade Institute's New Slate of 2011 Programs

Outdoors: The North Cascade Institute’s New Slate of 2011 Programs

North Cascades Institute Launches 2011 Programs

This week the North Cascades Institute, which is celebrating its 25th year conserving and protecting Northwest environments through experiential outdoor education, announced an exciting slate of learning programs and field excursions as part of its 2011 schedule. This year the Institute made a special effort to bring back some of its favorite field instructors from its…

Road Trip to Enumclaw Chocolate Festival

Road Trip to Enumclaw Chocolate Festival

Savor locally crafted chocolates and wines at the third annual Wine and Chocolate Festival.

Where Enumclaw for the third annual Wine and Chocolate Festival (2/4–2/5; Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. SE; enumclawchocolatefestival.com). Why: This year’s event features an indulgent lineup of locally made truffles and flavored chocolates, plus pours from 22 Washington wineries. Pair for the course: Savor salted caramels from Newcastle-based Sweet Decadence and sip a Merlot…

Gray Weather Survival Guide

Gray Weather Survival Guide

The sky may be gray, but that’s no reason to feel blue. We’ve come up with plenty of ways to survive

The sky may be gray, but that’s no reason to feel blue. We’ve come up with plenty of ways to survive—and thrive—during our long winter nights and rainy days. 1. Play ball! This town’s big on pinball—thanks to our weather, and because we’re a little geeky, says Larry Reid, curator at Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery…

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