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Author details hikes in Cascades

Which Cascade Mountains trails are already snow-free?

“Try Lake Chelan, the Methow Valley, Wenatchee area and even Mission Ridge and Blewett Pass,” said Craig Romano, a West Side guidebook author en route to Spokane.

Romano will present a free program based on his field research for “Day Hiking North Cascades,” and the just-released “Day Hiking Central Cascades” (Mountaineers-Books).

Each books details 125 hikes, some up to 16 miles. “Most are good for backpacking, too,” he said.

The hikes are in national forests and parks as well as in regional parks and public land trust lands often not covered in guidebooks, he said.

The books help readers peg best hikes for specifics such as seeing wildflowers, bringing dogs and shepherding children.

Check it out: Monday, 7 p.m., Mountain Gear Retail Store, 2002 N. Division St.

OUTCOMPETE

Adventure races coming to Farragut

Stock up on Gu – a series of adventure races is coming to Farragut State Park June 5-14.

The 24 races and contests have a place for all abilities, including one just for kids.

Activities include 4- and 8-hour mountain bike races, an orienteering meet, six trail runs ranging from 3.6 miles to 50 miles, five adventure races, a distance swim, a paddling event and more.

Earlier this week, race director Dave Adlard said “a few hundred” participants had signed up and registrations were coming in at “dozens a day.”

“We’re shooting 1,000, which would be great for a first-time event,” he said.

Organizers need more volunteers, plus hosts for pro athletes.

Info: (208) 664-0135; www.adventureweek2009.com .

OUTRIDE

Time to saddle up

What: Ride The West Horse and Ranch Expo and Wild, Wild West Mule & Donkey Trail Challenge.

When: Friday through next Sunday.

Where: FAB Quarter Horse Ranch near Green Bluff.

Who: For all lovers of trail stock, backcountry packing and Dutch oven cooking, with feature attractions such as mule and donkey expert Steve Edwards.

Info: (509) 466-9639; www.ridethewest.net.

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