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+7 7 votes

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.
+4 4 votes

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.

+3 3 votes

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.

+3 3 votes

Cathedral Lakes Pilgrimage

Forty two miles is a long way for a weekend warrior to walk. You’re body sweats; then stinks. Your feet steam; then blister. Your legs go spastic; then cramp. But for all the pain the trip to Cathedral Lake and Cathedral Peak is a religious pilgramage worth taking.

+13 13 votes

A Perfect Day in Pasayten

The thinnest of frost coats the yellow September grass at the trailhead. The morning sun is spotlighting the highest summits but it will be hours before its warmth kisses the valley.  I leave the car at a fast clip -- a long day lies ahead. Eleven hours later I stagger back -- the body may be shot, but days don't get much better than this.

+1 1 vote

Virginia Lilly Hiking Loop

A high, undulating trail with changing views of surrounding hills whose south sides are carpeted by grasses and wildflowers and whose  north sides are heavily wooded with Douglas firs, ponderosas, and Western larches (tamaracks).
+10 10 votes

Similkameen Rail Trail

Enjoy a side of history along with your exercise by walking, running, or biking the Similkameen Trail, a segment of the old railroad grade that once ran along the Similkameen River between the towns of Oroville and Nighthawk. The scenery is impressive... so is the effort to build this rail line.