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I couldn't believe what I was visualizing after stepping off the Mount Rainier Gondola. A stranger confirmed what I experienced. "It just doesn't look real," the gentleman from Brooklyn said. "The only other place I've been to where it's just too beautiful to believe is Hawaii."
SEATTLE – “I think it really came down to a couple more pounds of cheese,” said ultraendurance athlete Becky Rogers, of what would have made a difference in her recent attempt to set the fastest known time for a 500-plus-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail that spans Washington state, all without resupplying.
Despite pleas of public health officials, trail organizers and rural communities, one Spokane man is continuing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
Motorized electric bicycles may soon be humming their way into serene national parks and other public lands nationwide, under a new Trump administration order – hotly opposed by many outdoors groups – allowing the so-called e-bikes on every federal trail where a regular bike can go.
Her first overnight backpacking trip. The first time she’d hiked more than 10 miles in one go. A cross-country adventure with a man she’d been dating for less than a year.
Having been caught herself by bad weather, Nancy Abell tried to persuade a hiker to turn back. The hiker didn’t, but Abell gathered enough information for the Snohomish County Search and Rescue team to make a flyer and pinpoint where she was.
A phone call from a concerned woman likely saved the life of a hiker from Germany who was attempting to travel through the Cascade Mountains to the Canadian border without proper gear as snow and cold hit the region, authorities said.
A Pacific Crest Trail hiker from Washington state who was reported overdue has been found safe in California.
More than 940,000 adults who live in the Seattle area say they’ve been hiking in the past 12 months – double the number from 2008, according to survey data from market-research firm Nielsen.
A group dedicated to preserving and promoting the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail has purchased private land in western Washington state to prevent a break in the path.
A Portland school is remembering two 19-year-old women who died in an apparent fall along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Several hikers reported harrowing incidents tackling the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail across this year’s massive snowpack, which has fed swift streams and turned the dream trip of a lifetime into a near-death nightmare for some.
A Pacific Crest Trail hiker last seen in Central Washington remains missing, but the ongoing search has been far from futile.
Kittitas County authorities have suspended a search for a Pacific Crest Trail hiker who was last seen nearly a month ago.
Searchers in Yakima and Kittitas counties are still searching for a Pacific Crest Trail hiker who was last seen nearly three weeks ago.
A principal in Western Washington will teach lessons of the Pacific Crest Trail.
OUTDONE – A Seattle woman, 34, has set an unsupported speed record for hiking the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail through 14 states from Maine to Georgia in 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes. Heather Anderson (trail name “Anish”) is no fleeting moment in trail-record history. In 2013, she set the unsupported backpacking speed record for the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes.
A 100-mile backpacking trip is a good start for sizing up a wilderness area as well as understanding what makes a century-old outdoors club tick. The Spokane Mountaineers, celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, honored the centennial at the end of July with a weeklong hike. They chose Washington’s Pasayten Wilderness, which includes 531,539 acres hugging more than 50 miles of the U.S.-Canada border north of Winthrop.
A 100-mile backpacking trip is a good start for sizing up a wilderness area. The Spokane Mountaineers, celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, honored the centennial at the end of July 2015, with a week-long horseshoe-shaped route through Washington’s Pasayten Wilderness. ( Read story.) The area includes 531,539 acres hugging more than 50 miles of the U.S.-Canada border north of Winthrop. The plan called for hiking most of east-west Boundary Trail 533, which includes sections of the Pacific Crest (PCT) and Pacific Northwest (PNWT) national scenic trails. The Newby Lake fire closure prevented them from starting at Irongate Trailhead in the southeast portion of the wilderness and hiking the through the scenic Horseshoe Basin. So they started from Thirtymile Trailhead, picked up the Boundary Trail at Cathedral Lakes and headed west into incredible scenery mixed with drudgery in downfall prompted by 2006 wildfires. Relief came when they merged into the Pacific Crest Trail and headed south on the well-groomed scenic route to their shuttled vehicle at Harts Pass. Follow their trip in these photos by Outdoors editor Rich Landers.