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Twin Peaks in Winter

For about a month each winter when we have low snow, the road up Twin Peaks makes for an accessible and surprisingly enjoyable ski, snowshoe, or winter walk. The snow season is short so when opportunity knocks (like it is now), out the snow toys and go.

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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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Jack Creek, Jack Ridge, Trout Lake

Connect these wooded trails near the end of the Icicle Road to complete a 13-mile loop. Or, follow the trail in and out of Trout Lake Trail for a mellower, 11.5-mile hike. These trails are lacking in long views but they are pleasant, forested hikes. You can also access the spectacular high country around Windy Pass via the Trout Lake Trail.

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Sun Lakes-Dry Falls Trips

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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Camas Meadows

Camas Meadows is home to plant species found nowhere else in the world. A lush garden surrounded by dry lands, it's a place of contrasts. The short hike here is particularly scenic in both spring and fall.

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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."
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Cathedral Lakes Pilgrimage

Located in Okanogan County, the Pasayten Wilderness is outside our normal territory. But it's a spectacular setting and close enough to be on the bucket list of locals. It's also a place to wrestle with big questions as you let body and mind roam.

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Magnet Ridge to Tronsen Ridge

Although old maps show it, the trail leading up Magnet Ridge near Blewett Pass is a discontinued trail. There’s no trailhead at the base, no signs along its length, and no Forest Service crews maintaining it. Seclusion is one reason to walk this ghost trail, beautiful groves of old ponderosa pines another.

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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.
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Rocky Reach Trail - Alive at Last

At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the dedication of the newly completed Rocky Reach Trail, Bob Parlette joked that there were times he didn't think he'd live to see this day. The community owes Parlette--the very reason this new riverside trail exists is simply because Parlette wouldn't let it (or himself) die.