Outdoors

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

Hikers: snow still lingering in area mountains

HIKING -- "Road is open from Lightning Creek through to Trestle Creek," reports Mary Franzel of Hope, Idaho. But the photo she posted (above) indicates significant snow on the ridge at Lunch Peak Lookout. Creeks are still running high in most areas, making crossings a...

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014

Wilderness advocates contest fire lookout historic status

WILDERNESS -- While historic preservation groups praise Congressional action to keep the Green Mountain lookout standing in the North Cascades, wilderness groups led by Montana-based Wilderness Watch, say the effort falls short of historic preservation and flies in the face of wilderness values. Gary Macfarlane...

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014

Time to reserve forest cabins, lookouts for summer

PUBLIC LANDS -- Most rentals for cabins and fire lookouts on national forests and parks are reserved on a national reservation system that allows the public to book dates no more than 180 days in advance. Check out the National Recreation Reservation Service online or...

MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

Fire lookouts a high prize for winter trekkers

WINTER SPORTS -- Looking for a winter trek to a somewhat cozy room with a view: Here's a photo my daughter emailed to me from her recent backcountry ski trek to Winchester Lookout near Bellingham. That's Mount Baker in the background. Not a bad backdrop,...

MONDAY, SEPT. 16, 2013

Norman Maclean had high perspective on lightning

MOUNTAIN STORMS -- If you haven’t read Norman Maclean’s “USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky,” Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune recommends it, and so do I. It is one of the “other stories” in his book “A River...

TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2013

Volunteers building new trail to Star Peak lookout

TRAILS -- Volunteers are helping the Kootenai National Forest build a new trail to a stunning view from a forest fire lookout overlooking the Clark Fork River and the proposed Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The Friends of the...

THURSDAY, AUG. 1, 2013

Sen. Cantwell supports Green Mountain Lookout in wilderness

PUBLIC LANDS – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) urged a key Senate subcommittee today to move forward on a bill to preserve the historic Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness near Darrington, Wash. Wilderness advocates have pressed the Forest Service to remove the...

THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

Spyglass Lookout gets TLC from Lutherhaven volunteers

FIRE LOOKOUTS - Volunteers are refurbishing a national forest lookout ravaged by age, weather and vandalism on Spyglass Peak in the upper reaches of the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests have partnered with Lutherhaven Ministries and the Forest Fire Lookout...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012

Signs ready to memorialize Sundance Fire in Selkirks

Watch HOT SPOT on PBS. See more from Northwest Profiles. NATIONAL FORESTS -- Forest fire lookout historians have arranged to install a memorial at the site lightning struck in 1967 setting off a huge wildfire in the Selkirk Mountains north of Sandpoint. Following is the...

TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Applications ready for Red Ives cabin rental

PUBLIC LANDS -- Here's another wake up call for anyone contemplating a summer Forest Service cabin or lookout rental. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests St. Joe Ranger District is accepting applications through February for a lottery to select reservation rental dates for the popular Red...


Time to reserve forest cabins, lookouts

PUBLIC LANDS -- Most rentals for cabins and fire lookouts on national forests and parks are reserved on a national reservation system that allows the public to book dates no more than 180 days in advance. Check out the National Recreation Reservation Service online or...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

Forest fire lookout museum in Spokane available for tours

NATIONAL FORESTS -- Ray Kresek, author of “Fire Lookouts of the Northwest,” maintains a Fire Lookout Museum in north Spokane available to the public by appointment. Contact:(509) 466-9171; email rkresek@comcast.net Kresek recently was honored by the U.S. Forest Service with a national Smokey Bear Award....

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

Idaho forest fire lookouts featured on Public TV

FORESTS -- I've had a long fascination with hiking into forest fire lookouts, sometimes reserving and renting one for the ultimate room with a view. The next-best thing is the Outdoor Idaho program that premiers Thursday on Public TV. Eyes of the Forest explores 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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