PHOTOGRAPHY – A free clinic on using a GoPro camera to capture outdoor adventure action is being offered by REI at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The program will focus on the popular camera’s user interface, video capture, image settings and accessories.
Bicyclists can relax until spring before planning most of their 2014 cycling season. But the following popular spring and summer rides sell out so quickly, you have to be planning and making your application now. Chilly Hilly: Feb. 23, traditionally the region’s first notable cycling events of the season. The 41st annual event starts with an early-morning ferry ride from Seattle before unleashing cyclists on a 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island that bags 2,675 feet of cumulative elevation. Organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club, registration for nonmembers opens Tuesday; cascade.org.
Snooze and you lose in the quest to bunk in a Forest Service cabin along the St. Joe River, float a prized Idaho wilderness river or backpack through wildly popular parks and wilderness areas. Winter is the season for thinking ahead to summer adventures that require a special permit or reservations.
An update to the 2008 Spokane County Regional Trails Plan will help integrate routes for walkers, runners, skaters, cyclists and equestrians into planning and development as the population grows, officials say. The draft plan, up for county approval this month, identifies 677 miles of routes ranging from single tracks to the 12-foot-wide Centennial Trail, said Parks Department planner Paul Knowles.
Mount Spokane State Park rangers and volunteers are busy as the fall colors begin to show in the foliage and a hint of the coming winter season is in the air. Tuesday is the last day for driving to the top of the mountain this year as the 3-mile Summit Road will be closed for the season at dusk.
New efforts to accommodate mountain biking are included in a Mount Spokane State Park revised trails plan recently released for public comment. The plan identifies 76 miles of multi-use trails in the 14,000-acre park.
Sara Stime bikes to work every now and again. A couple of days a week, she throws her bike in her car and drives down Sunset Hill to Browne’s Addition, where she parks. After unloading her bike, it’s a quick ride to Atticus, the downtown Spokane coffee shop where she works.
OUTLAWS – Off-road vehicle users in recent weeks have trashed wetlands and meadows in several notable areas of the Okanogan, Colville, Idaho Panhandle and Nez Perce-Clearwater national forests, officials say. Much of the damage occurred over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when the small scattering of Forest Service enforcement agents wrote plenty of tickets, but couldn’t keep up with the abuse.
Downhill mountain bikers in Spokane have been on a decade-long roller coaster of mostly uphill battles in carving their signature into Beacon Hill. The latest challenges include private development plans on a portion of their higher-elevation routes and a disc golf course stretching across several lower-elevation trails at Camp Sekani, managed by Spokane Parks and Recreation.
Summer Parkways – the nonprofit groups that organizes giant car-free street parties where neighbors can bicycle and walk in the streets – is starting the season early with a child-focused three-mile bike ride in West Central on Saturday. The ride is part of West Central’s Neighborhood Days, and it starts at A.M. Cannon Park, next to the West Central Community Center, at 1 p.m. Children riding one-, two- and three-wheeled bikes are welcome.
Mount Spokane State Park staff and volunteers didn’t understand the gravity of the situation during recent years of planning and work to reroute multiuse trails. A niche of mountain bikers is seeking revisions to the master trails plan adopted two years ago. The plan offers guidance for managing more than 120 miles of gated roads and trails in the 13,821-acre park.
OUTSTANDING – Volunteers celebrated National Public Lands Day in a big way last weekend with hard-working turnouts for two major annual events: • Dishman Hills Service Day – About 60 volunteers worked on habitat restoration, noxious weed control; volunteers included Gonzaga University students and geocachers, with support from REI and Avista.
No one has influenced so many facets of Inland Northwest fisheries as Allan Scholz during his 35 years at Eastern Washington University. The 67-year-old biology professor is transitioning into retirement, leaving a legacy that would rival Mark Few if fisheries science were a ball sport …
TRAILS -- 'The Bluff: Wildlife Nirvana, Crossroads or Death Trap?' -- That's the title of the keynote address planned for the annual public meeting of the Friends of the (South ...
TRAILS -- A popular trail to an overlook near the confluence of the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers got more TLC last weekend. Volunteers organized by the Washington Trails Association ...