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Visit to Mordor

I was anticipating our return to Duncan Ridge. My wife and I had backpacked here with our daughters long ago -- before they had the nerve to grow up. Our return to this high ridge would be a stroll through an earlier time. Maybe it would feel like a return to the Shire.
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Sage Hills Winter Closure

December 1, 2015. The trails throughout the Sage Hills and the Horse Lake area have closed for the winter and will not reopen until April 1, 2016. Local walkers can still use the trails around Saddle Rock, Dry Gulch, and Castle Rock. Read why the trails close each winter.

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Become a Wenatchee Naturalist

Deepen your connection to the natural world here in Central Washington by becoming a Wenatchee Naturalist. The next 50-hour course is offered through the Continuing Education Department of Wenatchee Valley College and starts September 16.

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Cameron-Delfeld Glaciation Loop

The ice ages of the Pleistocene Epoch 2.6 million to 11,000 years ago had a dramatic role in shaping surface and the topography of North Central Washington. On this ride near Brewster, you’ll see topography shaped by ice that was once thousands of feet deep.... 

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North Star Bike Loop - The Fury of Fire Ride

Forget a woman scorned. Hell really hath no fury like a forest burning where a century of fire exclusion has created an overload of fuel that is ready to burn at extremely high intensity. Ride this loop near Brewster to get a feel for the fury the Carlton Complex Fire that burned 250,000 acres during the summer of 2014.
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Hiking the Ginkgo Petrified Forest

There are two main trails near Vantage in the Ginkgo Petrified Forest, one of the world's largest petrified forests. The first is the Ginkgo Interpretive Trail, a flat but interesting three-mile stroll. The Backcountry Trail, meanwhile, is five miles long and takes you past more petrified logs and accesses more viewpoints overlooking the Columbia River.
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Mule Deer Summit

The Sage Hills are closed from December 1 until April 1 but when the warmer weather and longer days of March arrive, many local residents are anxious to get outdoors and explore the hills. Although visitors to the Sage Hills may not think they're harming the deer, they are. Find out why and why the deer need their space during this time.

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Vantage - Sand Dune Hike

The cliff-lined coulees and desert landscape around Frenchman Coulee (near Vantage) gives visitors lots of distractions. Between the Spaghetti Western setting, the geology sculpted by the Ice Age Floods, the rock climbing activity, and the sand dunes, there's no shortage of things to see on this short outing.

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Bridgeport to Brewster Paddle

A trip that starts in the fast, smooth current of the Columbia and finishes on the calm water of Pateros Lake. For birders, the Bridgeport Bar State Wildlife area is rich with all manners of birds, from swallows to pelicans. For all paddlers the wetlands lining the Columbia provide a relaxing escape. 

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Conservation Northwest Wildlife Monitoring

“It's like Hiking 2.0,” says Conservation Northwest's Wildlife Monitoring Coordinator, Alison Huyett. When she explains wildlife monitoring, it sounds more like a mythic journey than science. Maybe it's both.