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Scotchmans’ student ranger grooms public on ways of the wilderness

The Scotchman Peaks roadless area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille isn’t an official wilderness, but it was served by a “wilderness ranger” this summer and gained a standout new trail …


Out & About: Curlew Lake taps food, fishing, music

OUTCAST – Republic-area businesses are creating what may be the closest thing to a complete fishing tournament weekend: The Bass/Blues/BBQ & Brews will debut next weekend at Curlew Lake based …


Celebrating 50 years of the Wilderness Act

Virtually everything was wilderness just 500 years ago in this country we call America. By the 1800s, progress had run rough-shod over the East and Lewis and Clark were sent …


In brief: Groups help state acquire elk habitat near Yakima

State agencies and conservation groups have closed a $1.55 million deal to secure 2,893 acres of wildlife habitat especially important to the Yakima elk herd. The Washington Department of Fish …


Peaking in Wallowas

As we stood on the top of Oregon’s largest wilderness area, looking down upon mountains that spread across the horizon like rows of jagged teeth, we made a plan to …


Ultralight packrafts make way for new genre of outdoor adventuring

As Scott Bosse launched his packraft in Youngs Creek, it felt as if gravity disappeared. “I find it tremendously liberating,” Bosse said of packrafting.


Great Old Broads: Wilderness advocacy group hikes with a purpose

It was a little jarring at first when the group of tanned, dusty, “women of a certain age” cheerfully referred to themselves as “broads” as they gathered at the Lava …


In brief: Recreation areas reopen to public after wildfires

As crews continue to harness wildfires in the Methow Valley region of northcentral Washington, the U.S. Forest Service has been able to reopen more recreation areas this week. Most backcountry …


Bull Lake to honor Wilderness Act anniversary this weekend

A Blackfeet Tribe troubadour and a former chief of the U.S. Forest Service are coming to the Inland Northwest to be part of a three-day event celebrating the 50th anniversary …


Outdoors briefs: Two grizzly bears released in Cabinets

Two female grizzly bears have been transplanted from the Whitefish Range to the Spar Lake area of the Cabinet Mountains as part of an ongoing effort to boost the struggling …


Field reports: New Cabinet Mountains Wilderness map published

TRAILS – A new Cabinet Mountains Wilderness map, featuring about 80 trails, has been published by conservation groups celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. “The last Forest Service …


Out & About

OUTSTANDING – Spokane sportsmen lost one of their most enduring worker bees with the recent death of Mike Coyle. For decades he led efforts to put a smiling face and …


Mountain lookout debate nears end

Spearheaded by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a measure last week to save the popular Green Mountain fire lookout, which a federal judge has …


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 …


Field test: Bear-proof canisters required in parks

Storing food in a bear-resistant canister isn’t just a safety factor when heading to many favorite outdoor destinations. It’s a necessity. That’s the perfect recipe for an outdoor person’s gift …


Idaho Panhandle National Forests plan panned by environmentalists

Majestic old stands of pines, cedars and firs don’t have enough protections under the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ draft management plan, according to environmental groups, who say the big trees …


Forest Service plans peg potential wilderness in North Idaho

A newly revised Forest Service management plan outlines 161,400 acres suitable for official wilderness designation in North Idaho. That’s 22,000 acres more than were recommended in the draft plan put …


Scotchman Peaks group finds common ground for wilderness

In the often-divisive arena of wilderness policy, the Scotchman Peaks straddle many boundaries. The scenic mountain range between the Clark Fork and Bull rivers has more geopolitical lines dotting its …


Obama may bypass Congress to create national monuments

SAN FRANCISCO – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said she will recommend that President Barack Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that …


Giving wild critters handouts can have unforseen consequences

Two Seattle women had all night near a wilderness lake to contemplate the consequences of wildlife being habituated to humans. Allyson Kemp, 42, and Sara Esrick, 44, had driven the …


Should Image Lake be reopened to crowds of hikers?

The iconic view of Glacier Peak reflected on Image Lake last Saturday was especially remarkable because three Spokane Mountaineers were the only people camping at the prized destination in the …


Hundreds search Idaho wilderness for missing teen

CASCADE, Idaho (AP) — The search for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her suspected abductor, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, has spanned three states and thousands of miles.


Wenaha River offers rewards for muscle-powered adventurers

Despite the prevalence of black bears, poison ivy and rattlesnakes, the Wenaha River is among the most accommodating backcountry muscle-power destinations in the Northwest. Looking for an overnight wilderness destination …


Plastic debuts in Forest Service signs

Visitors familiar with the classic routed wood signs used in national forests are being mildly startled this season by a new sight at the Troy trailhead for the Wenaha River …


Short hikes are cheap outdoor elixir for mind, body, social well-being

Heading out on a trail for a day or even a few hours is one of life’s simplest active pleasures. Craving fresh air, wildflowers, wildlife and healthy exercise? Taking a …


Day hiking quiz: Take the test

Following are questions touching on subjects of importance to hikers. Answers at end.


Film festival boosts Idaho wilderness

A group that invests money and muscle into improving iconic Idaho wilderness areas is bringing the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival to Spokane this week. The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is presenting …


Wilderness access limited at Holden Village

Access to the Glacier Peak Wilderness through Holden Village off Lake Chelan will be limited this year by federally required cleanup of the Holden Mine. Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Service officials say …


Field reports: Alpine Lakes bill back in Congress

WILDERNESS – The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act has been reintroduced in Congress by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) , Rep. Dave Reichert …


Olympics: Ozette Triangle perfect intro to hiking Olympic beaches

Nine miles of hiking – sea level most of the way – three days to do it. Sounds like an easy backpack trip on Washington’s Olympic coast near Ozette. But …