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Public land closures, ‘Stay Home’ orders highlight green space inequalities

For the past two decades, Holly Weiler’s life has revolved, to some extent, around Mount Spokane State Park.


Dogging it can keep you sane as well as healthy

Sheltered from the fallout of society’s woes, dogs have been having the time of their lives this month.


Riverside State Park offers fun, safe outings for the whole family

It’s a stressful time. A viral pandemic. People losing jobs. Markets crashing and borders closing.


Stuck at home? Stay healthy (and isolated) by getting outside

Going outside might be just what the doctor ordered.


Deadline for Enchantment permit lottery nearing

Your chance to spend the night in Washington’s picturesque Enchantments within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is drawing to a close.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

City seeking suggestions for High Drive Bluff trail names

Attention all Spokane recreationists with a knack for names: Six trails on High Drive Bluff need your talents.


Report: Outdoor recreation participation continues to drop

Nearly half of Americans didn’t participate in any kind of outdoor recreation in 2019, according to a new report from the Outdoor Foundation.


Mountain Gear will close Super Bowl Sunday

Spokane’s home-town adventure shop, Mountain Gear, will shutter Feb. 2.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

January Trip of the Month: The Mica Peak traverse offers plenty of adventure close to home

If you’re looking to suffer – all while staying close to home – the Mica Peak traverse is the trip for you.


2019: Top outdoor stories

The most-read outdoor stories of 2019 presented chronologically:


2019: Outdoor achievements

From acts of endurance to committed volunteering, Spokane area recreationists, conservationists and adventures inspired in 2019.


2019: The year outdoors

Another year spent outside, or at least longing to be out there. From the good to the bad to the weird (hot takes on the salmon cannon, anyone?) The Spokesman-Review’s …


2019: Transitions and passings

The biggest and saddest outdoor story from 2019 was the death of Spokane climber Jess Roskelley.


10 unusual gifts for the outdoorsy person in your life

10 unusual gifts for the outdoorsy person in your life


Coeur d’Alene Cancourse dodges bullet, will be managed as a city park

The 100-acre recreation dream of a former Facebook engineer will live on thanks to an agreement with the City of Coeur d’Alene.


Waikiki Spring trails receives a face lift

Trails in the Waikiki Spings area got new signage in late October.


November trip of the month: Give thanks! 10 hikes close to home

Among the many things worth giving thanks for today, Spokane’s robust network of trails and natural spaces should be high on the list.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Spokane high school student pinned by falling tree in North Idaho; prepared classmates carry the day

The boys kicked the 90-foot tall, dead tree, tempting the widow-maker with each stomp, caught in the exuberance of outdoor adventure.


Modern backpackers in Yellowstone want pit toilets and solitude, survey shows

Yellowstone National Park backpackers want a few more amenities compared to their counterparts surveyed 17 years ago, but in other respects they remain much the same.


Friends of Scotchman Peaks looks for leaders

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is seeking hiking leaders for the 2019-20 winter season.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Reader photo: Standing out in fall

Aspens are changing to autumn colors as Meredith Heick treks the trails southwest of Spokane at Fishtrap Lake.


Fishtrap Lake becoming trekking destination on heels of 4,000 volunteer hours

Following years of planning and construction, two new nonmotorized trails at Fishtrap Lake Recreation Area are finished, offering visitors an intimate view of channeled scablands that were roughed out by …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Boise-area resident first woman to reach the highest point in each of Idaho’s 44 counties

Terri Rowe can’t quite remember what was written on the Wolf Fang Peak register that first sparked her interest in highpointing, but nine years and more than 140 summits later, …


Mica Peak trail work continues

A new trail system on Mica Peak continues to take shape this summer thanks to the sweat equity of volunteers


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Taking a hike on Mount Spokane should be on every local’s bucket list

Taking a hike on Mount Spokane should be on every local’s bucket list.


Dishman Hills Conservancy offering weekend events

The Dishman Hills Conservancy will have a Weed Work and Lunch event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Conservancy experts will discuss how to remove noxious weeds and promote …


Ralph Walter: With help from an expert, even a knothead can learn to love hiking

Over the years, I’ve given my girlfriend some real duds as gifts – with the exception of last year: An autographed copy of “Day Hiking Eastern Washington,” co-authored by former …


Spring conditions affect roads, trails

Warm and wet spring weather means roads and trails are getting muddy.


Why the water tastes funny: Poop taints Beartooth lakes, streams

Hiking to 21 lakes in the Beartooth Mountains was a fun way for Dan Pendergraph to spend last summer, but the trips had a disheartening downside.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

Spokane hikes offering conservation insight

Looking for a good hike along with some insight into Spokane-area conservation lands?