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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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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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Heather Lake Hike

The name is a misnomer -- you won't find any heather growing along the edge of this lake. Nonetheless the hike through old-growth forest leading to this pretty lake tucked into knolls below the Cascade Crest is gorgeous and not to be missed.

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Everybody Out(doors) Day - June 13

What kind of nonsense is this… use National Outdoors Day (June 13) to go indoors so you can learn about the outdoors? The irony of this scheme is not lost on us, and yet if we want to convert the huddled masses to the church of the outdoors, to the indoors you must go. Which is why lots of us will be at Pybus Market on Saturday.

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Upper Methow River Recreation Survey

This post seeks respondents for an online survey directed at individuals who have floated (in a raft, kayak, tube or other craft) the Methow River above Weeman Bridge and below the Lost River. The survey is being conducted in collaboration with Yakima Nation Fisheries.
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Dream Job - Apply for it

“I want your job,” people have often told me. “You get to play outdoors all day and then write about it. What could be better than that?”  If you’re one of many who has given me some permutation of the above quote, it’s time to step up to the plate because I'm stepping down...

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Snake Identification and Snake Myths

Bullsnakes are common in our foothills and commonly confused as a rattlesnake missing its rattles (a situation that does occur). Unlike rattlers, bullsnakes are non-venomous and no more harmful than an ornery kitten. This article helps you tell these two snakes apart and debunks common myths. We've posted this story before but have added new information and  new photos.
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Steven Gnam - A Photographer's Tale

Steven Gnam, a professional photographer moved to Wenatchee in November 2014. His magazine work, videos, and his book's all inspire viewers to leave town and start wandering wild places. Read more about him here.

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