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Search suspended for missing Pacific Crest Trail hiker

HIKING – After nearly a week, the search for missing Pacific Crest Trail hiker Kris Fowler in the Ellensburg region has been suspended, Kittitas County authorities announced this morning. “We have completed a physical search of the accessible sections of the Pacific Crest Trail that...

Out & About: Seattle’s Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson breaks Appalachian Trail hiking record

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. 

New Pacific Northwest Trail Advisory Council appointed by feds

TRAILS -- The east-west trail across Washington, Idaho and Western Montana has taken another step higher in stature. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently appointed 23 members to the inaugural Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council under the authority of the National Trails System...

Pasayten Wilderness 100-mile hike

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.

Video captures 2,600-mile hike of PCT in 4 minutes

TRAILS -- Andy Davidhazy hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 and 2014 and snapped a selfie every mile to document the route. He's compiled the images into a four-minute time-lapse video (below) that flies viewers ground-level from Mexico through Callifornia, Oregon and Washington...

Out & About: First winter hike of PCT completed

OUTDONE – Two California men on Monday completed the first winter thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail after 132 days of walking, skiing and snowshoeing along the 2,650-mile route from Canada to their finish at the Mexico border. Never mind that they took time off the trail at Christmas and were blessed with an extremely low snowpack in the Cascades and Sierras this season:

Duo completes first winter thru-hike of Pacific Crest Trail

TRAILS -- Two California men on Monday, March 2, completed the first winter thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail after 132 days of hiking, skiing and snowshoeing along the 2,650-mile route from Canada to their finish at the Mexico border. Never mind that they took...