An aggressive mountain goat was shot and killed by a hiker in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness last month bringing new concerns about the threats that outdoor recreation poses to the normally docile white ghosts of rocky peaks. A woman from Lincoln County, Montana, shot the nanny with a .357-caliber handgun on July 19 at the top of a switchback on a narrow, cliffy section of the trail to Leigh Lake.
OUTDOORS – Four local women with wide-ranging experience in the great outdoors will join for a panel presentation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowl and Pitcher amphitheater at Riverside State Park. The “Women in the Wilderness” panel is the latest in the summer-long Wednesdays in the Woods presentations organized by REI.
Cycling on the Palouse can feel a little like an epic adventure at sea. Giant, wheat-covered hillsides meet the skyline, looking like golden oceanic swells. You chug upward, cresting that massive wave, then plunge down the other side. Repeat, again and again.
The entire region remains blanketed under high temperatures and an air quality alert from the National Weather Service, but some relief may be in store from both the heat and smoke perhaps as early as Sunday from a front carrying showers and thunderstorms through the area.
Washington state agencies are looking into simplifying the quagmire of cards, stickers or vehicle mirror-hanger documents required for recreating on local, state and federal lands and perhaps even private timber lands.
I’d planned a July day hike with my dog along a North Idaho stream for a good dose of outdoor exercise and a cool respite from the summer heat. The bear spray I keep handy on my day pack saved me a lot of grief that day.
A mountain lake is worth the hike for an angler seeking a break from searing summer heat. Heading out with a backpack and a pack rod on a national forest trail can lead to good trout fishing and plenty of elbow room.
There is something I find immensely satisfying about picking berries, but it’s not something I’d expect a lot of folks to understand or appreciate. It can be tedious work, filling a sizable container, something I’d never accomplished until well past 30 years of life.
With eight weekends of summer remaining and a lot of hot weather attracting people to the water, Washington State Parks’ Boating Program is making an effort to emphasize boating safety especially to enthusiasts of paddlesports, which are surging in popularity – and accidents.