SUNDAY, FEB. 9, 2014

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Popular spring and summer bike rides sell out

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.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2014

Hikers pass McArthur Lake near Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, where permit quotas fill three months in advance. (Rich Landers)

Advance planning required for cabins, lookouts, permits

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.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 5, 2014

The Slavin Conservation area, like many of the areas preserved by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program, are close to Spokane, enabling visitors such as these Spokane Mountaineers, to make quick visits even on weekday evenings after work.  (Rich Landers)

Spokane County trails plan updated

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.

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A bicycle commuter heads west along Riverside Avenue at Lincoln Street on Tuesday. (Colin Mulvany)

Downtown loop adds bikes to flow 42 

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.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013

Out & About: Off-roaders trash wet forest meadows 

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.

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SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013

A racer flies through the air on a stretch of the fifth annual Double Down Hoe Down downhill bicycle race course at Spokane City Parks’ Camp Sekani in March. (Rich Landers)

Mountain bikers try to stay their course on Beacon Hill 

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.

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Saturday’s kid-focused event includes bike tune-ups, adjustments

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.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 14, 2012

Cris Currie, center, helped plan and build Trail 140 at Mount Spokane. Rika Ream, left, and others volunteers added muscle power. (Rich Landers)

Downhill mountain bikers challenge trail planning at Mount Spokane 13 

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.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2012

Field reports: Volunteers spiff up Spokane River, Dishman Hills

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.

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