Outdoors

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

Mountain biking skills classes set at Sekani

CYCLING -- A basic mountain biking skills class, taught by Evergreen East, is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 27 at Camp Sekani. An intermediate skills class will follow on Oct. 25. Details: Evergreen East.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

South Hill bluff trails access to be closed

TRAILS – An access to South Hill bluff trails at 57th Avenue and Hatch Road is set to be closed this week. The area is large enough for a dozen vehicles and is popular with hikers and bikers as well as people looking for unobscured...

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014

Groups highlight trail projects past and future

PUBLIC LANDS – Volunteer trail projects past and future will be highlighted in a program by the Spokane Mountaineers and Washington Trails Association on Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m., at the Mountain Gear Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield. “The Mountaineers have a long history of...

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

Route of the Hiawatha opens to bikes on Saturday

BICYCLING -- The Route of The Hiawatha rail-trail near Lookout Pass is set to open for the 2014 summer season on Friday, May 24. See my feature story and photos on this "Idaho bucket list" family adventure. The 15-mile route for mountain biking or hiking...

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

KPBX leader can toot his horn in Bike to Work Week

BICYCLING -- As a boy, KPBX program director Verne Windham may have had longings to play tuba, but he instinctively knew a French horn would be a more toteable package during Spokane's annual Bike to Work Week. Good choice, Verne! The annual event to promote...

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014

Spokane Bike Swap offers prizes, helmets for kids

BICYCLING -- The Spokane Bike Swap isn't just the region's best place to buy or sell a bicycle. The April 12-13 event at Spokane County Fair and Expo center also offers free helmets to kids who get bike,free prizes to the fist 2,500 people through...

THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014

Cyclists rule, briefly, on 49 miles of Yellowstone roads

BICYCLING -- This is a premier annual opportunity for cyclists to savor Yellowstone National Park before the RVs hit the road. Yellowstone Park opens 49 miles of road to bicycles today Bicyclists can enter Yellowstone National Park's West Entrance and ride 49 miles of highway...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2014

Regional Trails Plan is foundation for growth

TRAILS -- The big effort recently invested in updating Spokane County's 2008 Regional Trails Plan has resulted in maps and details important to everyone from hikers to developers. The Spokane County Commissioners approved the updated plan on Tuesday. The goal of the plan has always...

MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

Centennial Trail section to close for repairs

TRAILS -- Repairs to the asphalt will require the Spokane River Centennial Trail to be closed on Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 25-26) from Miles 26.5 to Mile 28 from the south side T.J. Meenach Bridge to the Equestrian Area in Riverside State Park, says Loreen...

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013

GAO report: 3 of 4 Forest Service trails below standards

HIKING -- A new federal report says only one-quarter of U.S. Forest Service trails meet the agency’s own standards as it attempts to catch up with a $524 million maintenance deficit. The is the latest news, coming out after my recent localized story: Budget cuts...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013

Treat dad to an outdoor adventure this weekend

FATHERS DAY-- Give dad what he really wants for Father's Day -- some good, healthy outdoor time with the family. Here are four suggestions: FISHING -- Most of the region's lakes and streams are in great fishing condition for the weekend, and some Spokane-area are...

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013

Check road, trail conditions before you go

FORESTS -- A trail closure notice just issued by the Colville National Forest is a reminder that roads, trails and campgrounds are subject to the whims of nature, even on a holiday weekend. Call ahead to forest offices to check on any last-minute closures that...

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

Helena has attractions for mountain bikers

CYCLING -- Montana's capital city is cashing in on it's surrounding wildness to create attractions for mountain bikers. The Helena National Forest and South Hills Trail System reaches into Helena with a trailhead in the city limits. The South Hills Trail System is an extensive...

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013

Celebrities sign skateboard to boost Ferry County rail trail

TRAILS -- Development of the 28.5-mile Ferry County Rail Trail from Republic along the Kettle River to the U.S. Canada border is getting a boost with an auction item signed by celebrities. A Longboard Skate - donated to Ferry County Rail Trail Partners by Spokane...

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

Discover Riverside State Park during Sunday open house

STATE PARKS -- Special activities at five venues are scheduled Sunday, (June 24), 10 a.m.-3 p.m., to introduce the public to features and recreation available in Riverside State Park on the west side of Spokane. The required Discover Pass will be available for purchase from...

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

Summer Parkways takes over Comstock-Manito neighborhood streets

OUTDOOR NEIGHBORHOODS -- Celebrate Summer Solstice where motor vehicles will be out and kids and their families will rule the streets in the Comsock-Manito Neighborhoods Wednesday (June 20) 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The second of two Summer Parkways events will bring a celebration to the streets...

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Silver Mountain gondola reopens; dads ride free

RESORTS -- The snow has finally melted and the Silver Mountain gondola is scheduled to reopen Saturday (June 16) to transport hikers, bikers and other visitors who want to enjoy the mountain trails and scenery. “Summer is a fantastic time to visit Silver Mountain Resort,”...

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

South Hill Bluff trail maintenance dates set

TRAILS -- Last Saturday a hard-working group of 20 turned out to work on Bluff trails. The many, many more people who use the trails owe them a tip of the hat. They did trail maintenance and prepared to re-align a trail that is steep...

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

Centennial Trail cleanup set for Saturday

TRAILS – Volunteers will be gathering all along the Spokane River Centennial Trail on Saturday to wail on weeds, pick up litter and sweep it clean. To join the group, and enjoy the free lunch, preregister by Friday for the 20th annual Friends of the...

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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