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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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SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, 2012

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

The Spokane River Centennial Trail makes the list of national recreation trails.  (File)

Field reports: Centennial Trail gets TLC

TRAILS – Volunteers are gathering all along the Spokane River Centennial Trail on Saturday to wail on weeds, pick up litter and sweep it clean. To join the group, and enjoy the free lunch, preregister for the 20th annual Unveil the Trail event, 624-7188.

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Escure Ranch closes after vandals cause $5,000 in damage 

A popular U.S. Bureau of Land Management recreation area about 20 miles south of Sprague, Wash., has been closed as the agency repairs about $5,000 in damage caused by vandals. The Rock Creek-Escure Ranch Recreation Area suffered damage to fences and other facilities in a crime spree that occurred around March 15, BLM recreation planner Steve Smith said.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2012

New gear stands out at Outdoor Retailer

More than 1,000 brands and 20,000 attendees: The twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, held last week in Salt Lake City, offered a peek at the future of gear. The Gear Junkie roamed the trade show for three days. Here are a few items that caught my eye. • Smart Light – Look at a cliff face above a hiking trail. Your headlamp illuminates the rock with a 300-lumen beam. Now, glance at your map; notice as the headlamp beam instantly tones down to adjust for a close view.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2011

The Gear Junkie offers tips for winter bicycling 

Be it for fun or utility on a daily commute to work or school, bicycling does not need to end when the snow flies. I have ridden year ’round in Minnesota, my home state, for several seasons, including in snowstorms and on days when the mercury has plunged to zero degrees and below.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2011

Ken Mondal of the WTA shows a section of eroded trail that was decommissioned by volunteers after they built a new section this autumn. (Rich Landers)

Washington Trails volunteers clear way for hikers, bikers 

A group of volunteers has blazed the way for hikers and bikers to enjoy the burst of autumn colors in the Iller Creek Conservation Area. The Washington Trails Association has worked for three years with other local groups to maintain, rebuild and reroute trails in the popular Valley natural area secured by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program.

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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011

The dash begins Saturday under an eclectic sculpture of bike parts that marks the start and finish line for this weekend’s “Round the Clock” 24-hour mountain bike race at the old Seven Mile airstrip in Riverside State Park. (Christopher Anderson)

‘Round the Clock’ bike race attracts all levels

Armed with tents, headlights, sleeping bags, bicycles and maybe even some beer, hundreds of bicycle enthusiasts and their families kicked off a weekend of camping and bicycle riding Saturday at Riverside State Park. The 24-hour “Round the Clock” bike competition, in which participants compete for prizes and bragging rights, began at noon Saturday.

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