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Mt. Bonaparte - A Tale of Two Trails

Long a popular trek with Boy Scouts staying at Camp Bonaparte below, Mt. Bonaparte is a wooded, alpine island in a sea of rolling farmland. It’s also one of the few fire lookouts still manned in high fire season, giving a historical aspect to this high perch.

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The Golden Stairway, to the Golden Fleece

Far from any place anyone might even consider a place, ‘The Golden Stairway' may not hold much in the way of gold, but it is indeed a stairway to beautiful meadows and wide views over the Conconully region.

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Wanderings on Funk Mountain

In the mood to get out, but not in the mood to exert too much energy? Maybe just want to zip up to a prominent high point to watch the day end? Funk Mountain is that kind of place.

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A Tale of Two 'Mids'

A review of two pyramid-styled tents: The Mega Light from Black Diamond and the Ultamid 4 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. The Mega Light gets the nod for best value -- it's a quality product at an affordable price. The Ultamid gets kudos for being the best product, but the added space, increased strength, and reduced weight will cost you.

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Steamboat Rock: It's Not A Rock

We had been wandering around the perimeter of Steamboat ‘Rock’ for over an hour when my wife commented, "You know, this is not a rock. Rocks have little summits. This is huge up here. This should be called Steamboat Butte."

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Northrup Canyon

This hike near Steamboat Rock State Park offers interesting human history, natural history, and geology. It also offers excellent rubber necking up at the surrounding cliffs. Whether you come for the academics or the aesthetics, you'll leave well pleased.
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Sun Lakes-Dry Falls Outings

Sun Lakes - Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City offers a menu of relatively tame outdoor outings highlighted with a few dashes of craziness. That seems appropriate given that most of the region’s geologic history has been relatively tame...except for the occasional dash of extreme craziness.

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Oval Pass and Eagle Pass--Trails and Climbs

The Oval Pass and Eagle Pass environs of the Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness offer visitors miles of well-graded trails, a half-dozen 8,000-foot peaks with non-technical climbing routes, and larch forests that are the color of dollar bills in spring and the color of gold in autumn.

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The Larch Marathon

The spousal ace had been played  and he was expected to serve mother-in-law duty over the weekend. Then came a miracle and circumstances gave him a get-out-of jail-free card. The trick now: Making his wife believe the larch marathon was a misery she was lucky to miss.

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Star Potential - Star Lake & Star Peak

She wanted a larch hike that would compare with last autumn’s hike through the Enchantments. “What else should we try?”
“Star Lake and Star Peak, "I told her. "It's gorgeous at any time, but doubly gorgeous when the larches turn gold."