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On the trail following Poet Ridge to Poe Mountain. Given all the fires presently burning in North Central Washington, hikes like this one (south and west of the fire) are less likely to be smokey.

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Poe Mountain and Poets Ridge

Escape. Whether it’s summer heat or summer smoke chocking the lowlands of the Columbia Valley shrub steppe, sometimes you just need a mountain walk – to cool off, to breathe, to push the emotional reset button.  All of this is offered by a walk along Poets Ridge. (Note: The Wolverine Fire temporarily has this area closed).

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Tiffany Highlands - Epic or Stupid Adventurey?

A fine line separates an epic adventure from complete stupidity, as discovered on a unique alpine mountain bike loop through the Tiffany Highlands, an endeavor completed through the power of optimism.

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Biking Lewis Butte

These are not only some of the closest trails to the Western-themed hub of Winthrop, they are also among the least traveled. Given their proximity to town, you should saddle up the trusty steed (the two-wheeled variety) and ride on over.

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There's Something for Everyone at Sun Mountain

Though the marketing spiel of many places make the promise of 'something for everyone', the 30 miles of trails around Sun Mountain Lodge actually deliver. Ranging from mellow doubletrack trails, to short and fast intermediates, or even a former downhill race course, just about any rider can find something here they’ll enjoy.
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Gardner Mountain

Unlike many peaks of the area, Gardner Mountain has shied away from the spotlight and sits as a high, lonely, and remote outpost providing backpackers with stellar North Cascades views.

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Hawkin's Thimble Scramble

Roger Gervin reports on the tricky scramble up Hawkin's Thimble, a somewhat obscure but very worthwhile summit in the Teanaway drainage.

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Want a Climbing Gym? Weigh in.

Why go inside to climb? For starters: year round access regardless of weather, education, and to provide a social hub for the local climbing community. The Leavenworth Mountain Association is seeking your input on a future climbing gym for the greater Wenatchee Valley.

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Rocky Reach Trail Dedication

The public is invited to celebrate opening of Rocky Reach Trail at Lincoln Rock State Park, 5:30 pm July 9. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is celebrating the grand opening of the Rocky Reach Trail. The entire five miles is now paved and ready to roll.
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Night of the Inferno

The headquarters of WenatcheeOutdoors, a euphemism for the basement office from which the website operates, was in the path of the Sleepy Hollow Fire. Sunday evening a long fight took place to keep home and office from burning.
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Enchantment Lakes Traverse

If a book titled The 100 Best Hikes in North America were to be written, the Enchantment Lakes Traverse would be the choice put forth to represent Central Washington. The hike is a classic locals should do but, because getting camping permits is a major pain in the Asgard, many will want to do this as a day trip. Here's what you need to know.