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Category: Hiking

Jan.
4th

Mount Si parking reopens after search for skydiver called off

UPDATED: 9:57 A.M.

The parking lot at the Mount Si Trailhead has been reopened, the state Department of Natural Resources announced earlier this morning.

The lot is no longer being used by searchers after the search for the missing skydiver was called off over the weekend.

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The state Department of Natural Resources has announced the Mount Si parking lot is closed until further notice. The parking area is being used by the King County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue efforts involving a missing skydiver.

The Mount Si area, located in eastern King County

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Nov.
7th

Vandals shoot up Pete’s Creek Trailhead restroom on Olympic National Forest

The Pete’s Creek Trailhead restroom, located on Olympic National Forest’s Pacific Ranger District, was vandalized recently when hit with shotgun blasts. It is closed indefinitely until repairs can be made, forest officials said late Wednesday.

The Lower Pete’s Creek Trail remains open.

The list of repairs includes replacing the windows, toilet, ventilation stack, handicap railing, toilet paper bar and trash can.

“It is unfortunate that some people can spoil things for everyone without considering the impact of their actions,” District Ranger Dean Millett said in a prepared statement. “The cost of the needed repairs has not been

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Nov.
5th

Search continues for missing hunter near White Pass

From the Associated Press:

More teams are joining the search Monday for a hunter on horseback who has been missing since Saturday near White Pass.

The Yakima County sheriff’s office says the man’s hunting partner reported him missing Sunday evening. The 49-year-old Cashmere man was on horseback.

The search area is on the border of Lewis and Yakima counties, between Dog Lake and Dumbbell lakes and including the Pacific Crest Trail north of Highway 12.

 

Oct.
16th

WDFW lifts emergency fire restrictions, but urges caution

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced it was lifting emergency fire restrictions on the land it manages throughout the state. Department officials, however, urged anyone visiting those lands to continue using caution when doing anything that could spark a wildlfire.

Greg Schirato, deputy director of the wildlife program, said the action is consistent with those of the Governor’s Office and the state Department of Natural Resources, which have lifted statewide burn bans in recent days.

“Wildfire risks are easing, particularly after the recent rains in western Washington,” Schirato said in a news release. “But it’s important that

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Oct.
1st

Mount Ellinor Trail reopens today, but hikers should be wary of aggressive mountain goats

Mount Ellinor Trail in Olympic National Forest’s reopened, ending a formal closure put in place three months ago when several hiking parties reported being harassed by insistent mountain goats.

The animals had gotten very close to the hikers and then failed to retreat when attempts were made to chase them away.

The mountain goats at Mount Ellinor and other locations in the Olympic Mountains have grown habituated to people, losing their fear of human beings. The animals, though wild, have grown used to people feeding them and supplying salts and minerals from sweat or urine, said a news release from

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Sep.
21st

North Cascades/Lake Chelan joins list of burn bans

Campfires are now banned in portions of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park. As of today, campfires are banned in the following campgrounds and picnic areas (listed, roughly, north to south):

Bridge Creek, Bridge Creek Group, Bridge Creek Stock, Shady, Tumwater, High Bridge, Harlequin, Harlequin Group, Rainbow Falls, Purple Point, Purple Point Stock, Purple Point Overflow, Weaver Point, Manly Wham and Flick Creek.

The ignition of wood, briquettes, or any fuel in fire pits, fire pans, barbecue grills or other devices is prohibited in these places until further notice.

This ban in the middle and lower

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Sep.
20th

Olympic National Forest adds to list of agencies banning campfires

Olympic National Forest officials earlier today announced a ban of open campfires and smoking. According to fire officials, a long persistent dry summer has created dangerously high fire conditions and the National Weather Service predicts more dry conditions ahead.

Wood and charcoal fires are only allowed in developed campgrounds and group campgrounds that have established concrete or steel-grated fire pits or rings.

Building and tending open campfires, including barbeques, cooking fires, and warming fires are prohibited until further notice. Permissible sources of cooking and heat are portable stoves, or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel. Smoking is

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Sep.
19th

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest bans open campfires

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has banned open campfires and smoking. Forest officials made the decision late Tuesday.

According to fire officials, the long persistent dry summer has created dangerously high fire conditions and the National Weather Service predicts more dry conditions ahead.

Wood and charcoal fires are only allowed in developed campgrounds and group campgrounds that have established concrete or steel-grated fire pits or rings. Building and tending open campfires, including charcoal briquettes, cooking fires and warming fires are prohibited until further notice.

Allowable sources for cooking or heat include portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum

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