All about muscle-powered outdoor-adventure sports in Central Washington.


Photo by Marc Dilley taken in the Enchantments. October 3 and 4 was another spectacular weekend of color in the high country. Compared to a week earlier, however, the larch have lost a lot of needles and a little color.

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Oval Pass and Eagle Pass--Trails and Climbs


Oval Pass and Eagle Pass -- Trails and Climbs
Attractions. 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 routes to scramble up, and larch forests that are the color of dollar bills in spring and the color of gold in autumn.

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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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Sun Mountain Variety Pack

Though the marketing spiel of many places make the promise of 'something for everyone', the 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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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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Minotaur Lake

Hikers who like bagging their elevation quickly will love this hike. No dillydallying here. Furthermore, this emerald lake sitting below Labyrinth Mountain provides a brisk swim on a hot summer's day. Summer of 2015 update: Smoke is impacting many hikes in Central Washington but this lake is well-located to avoid the smoke. 

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Hay-Nahahum Divide

The steep trail gaining the divide between Hay and Nahahum Canyons provides a unique way to get out in the foothills, in a beautiful setting that feels surprisingly remote.

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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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Helicopter Training in Cascades - Public Comment

The Aviation Division of Joint Base Lewis-McChord has proposed a new mountain training area in North Central Washington. Until July 30th, the proposal is open for public comment. Update: JBLM Contact detail are now updated as of July 26th.