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German hiker, stuck on the Pacific Crest Trail, saved by a stranger

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 …


Concerned woman’s phone call saves German hiker’s life

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 …


Pacific Crest Trail backpacker found safe in California

A Pacific Crest Trail hiker from Washington state who was reported overdue has been found safe in California.


Instagram effect? Number of Seattle-area hikers has doubled in less than 10 years, data shows

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Group buys land to prevent break in Pacific Crest Trail

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.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Gonzaga University student, friend die in fall from Pacific Crest Trail

A Portland school is remembering two 19-year-old women who died in an apparent fall along the Pacific Crest Trail.


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

Wet winter ups the ante for hikers on popular US 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 …


Searching for closure: Families of missing hikers looking for answers

A Pacific Crest Trail hiker last seen in Central Washington remains missing, but the ongoing search has been far from futile.


Search suspended for missing Pacific Crest Trail hiker

Kittitas County authorities have suspended a search for a Pacific Crest Trail hiker who was last seen nearly a month ago.


Washington crews look for missing Pacific Crest Trail hiker

Searchers in Yakima and Kittitas counties are still searching for a Pacific Crest Trail hiker who was last seen nearly three weeks ago.


Trail will helps principal teach life lessons

A principal in Western Washington will teach lessons of the Pacific Crest Trail.


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 …


Spokane Mountaineers celebrate centennial with 100 miler in Pasayten

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 …


Odd trail couple: Dad, daughter sharing bugs, blisters and beauty of Pacific Crest Trail

After 20 years of going out on search-and- rescue missions, Kem Russell of Selah, Washington, has plenty of experience in finding lost hikers. Now, in a way, Russell and his …


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 …


Field reports: New hiker permit quotas help spread ‘Wild’ influenced Pacific Crest Trail crowd

HIKING – Growing numbers of hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail, the Mexico-to-Canada route made increasingly popular by the movie “Wild,” have led officials to take steps to alleviate traffic. …


Movie ‘Wild’ generates more interest in Pacific Crest Trail

PORTLAND – The popularity of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” has led to increased awareness and use of the trail that runs …


Resolute ‘String Bean’: Seattle man sets new Pacific Coast Trail record

A 23-year-old Seattle man has set speed record for running the length of the Pacific Crest Trail supported by a team of helpers. Joe McConaughy crossed into Canada on Sunday, …


2,700 miles later: Speed-hiking queen of the PCT

“I ’m not a particularly fast walker,” Heather Anderson said – much to the relief of her interviewer – as she hiked a North Idaho trail last week. “The difference …


PCT speed queen shares vignettes of her hike

Calm before the trek Anish started her PCT speed record attempt on June 8, 2013, heading into 700 miles of California desert, where temps soared to nearly 120 degrees.


Out & About: PCT speed hiker to speak in Sandpoint

OUTHIKE – Heather “Anish” Anderson, who set the speed record for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail last summer, will keynote the annual meeting of the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks …


Outdoors: Pacific Crest Trail taking a beating from vegan hiker

Barring a broken leg, lightning strike or some other catastrophe, a 30-year-old California man is on track to set a record today by completing a supported through-hike of the 2,655-mile …


Some families went extra mile on summer vacations

They couldn’t be with him every step of the way, but Robin Johnson’s family was along for the journey as he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail this season. The emotional …


Long-distance relationship: Sandpoint couple scores backpacking Triple Crown

After enduring six months backpacking the Appalachian Trail, Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker were pretty sure their relationship was good for the long haul. They confirmed they could go the …


North Idaho hikers find peak place close to home

The Scotchman Peaks area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille is a roadless area the Sandpoint couple prizes. For seven years, Hough and Hunsicker have been leaders in Friends of the …


Backpackers gear down for long distance hikes

Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker have winnowed their long-distance hiking gear to a base weight (sans food and water) of 15-19 pounds, depending on how many luxuries they bring, such …


Field reports: Rare pygmy rabbits breeding in basin

WILDLIFE – For the first time in a decade, the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit appears to have successfully bred in its historic range. A litter of kits has been …


Fire closes Pacific Crest Trail section

Hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail are being detoured by a forest fire that’s forced closure of a section of the trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of Washington.


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