Posts tagged: outdoor
TRAILS — Saturday is Washington Trails Day, with groups organizing to give a little TLC to popular paths across the state.
But Sunday is another enticing day to hit a trail especially in Riverside and Mount Spokane state parks, since Aug. 4 is one of the 12 days a year designated for fee-free access to Washington State Parks. Vehicles will not be required to have a Discover Pass for access to state parks on Sunday.
The Washington Trails Association has organized volunteers to repair and improve 140 trails across the state this year, including a backpacking group that will be out this weekend on the Shedroof Divide Trail in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness of northeastern Washington.
The association's website offers a hiking guide and trip reports about current conditions that are submitted by hikers – more than 4,500 submitted in 2013 alone. WTA also offers many hiking suggestions for hikers of all abilities.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Bull elk are hanging out with the boys concentrating on being well fed and ready for the fall mating season.
Their antlers are in full-growth mode as the annual crop of velvet-covered boney material sprouts from their heads.
The remote trail cam photo above is one of several pictures made last month in northeastern Washington and recently retrieved by Kevin Scheib of Colville. In some cases, as many as three branch-antlered bulls show up in one photo.
UPLAND BIRDS — Sage grouse and sharp-tailed grouse have been released at the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Washington's Lincoln County this spring, continuing years of efforts to restore the once plentiful prairie grouse.
Read on for details.
OUTDOOR SPECTATING — Here are a few men with skills worth looking up to.
What: Yoke’s Outrageous Air Show aerial ski-jumping exhibition, plus fireworks, music. FREE.
Who: Olympic freestyle gold medalist Jean Marc Rozon; four-time world champion Steve Omischl, Olympian Brad Suey and others.
When: Friday Feb. 25-Saturday Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
Details: Hour-long shows includes synchronized multiple twisting flips, fireworks and outdoor music.