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The Bench and Snow Lake Trail is a 2.2-mile trail near Paradise within Mount Rainier National Park that can be accessed from Stevens Canyon Road. It takes about two hours to hike in and out with … more
Chronicle photographer Kody Christen collected these photos as he ventured to the recently-opened Windy Ridge Viewpoint at the Mount St. Helens National Monument on Tuesday afternoon and evening. … more
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined the Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan is a protected species under the Endangered Species Act. The determination came in response to a … more
Those looking for stunning views close to the crater of Mount St. Helens are in luck: The Windy Ridge Interpretive Site and nearby visitor centers will open to the public Thursday, July 4, according … more
All sockeye fishing closed Thursday evening in the mainstem Columbia River from the mouth up to Pasco, Washington. Despite an apparent record return of sockeye across Bonneville Dam, nearly all … more
A Japanese style first-of-its-kind campground that aims to connect people with nature has opened on Washington's coast, and it's about to set new standards for camping. Japanese outdoor gear … more
Washington fisheries officials are making plans to poison West Medical Lake this fall to get rid of illegally stocked fish. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a news release … more
There’s a moment in the nighttime light-up kayak tour, right at the end, when the guide paddles around and turns out the colored LED lights that rim each boat, leaving the group in darkened … more
A Vernonia, Oregon, man was declared the world’s best professional elk caller at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2024 World Elk Calling Championships, held this week in Big Sky, … more
About 42 years ago, the late Noel Cole began allowing people who might not otherwise get the opportunity to go fishing to drop a line at the Cole family property in Lewis County. That tradition … more
Chronicle photographer Ridley Hudson captured these photos during a trip to the Mount St. Helens area on Wednesday, June 12. The show scenes from the Hummocks Trail and Spirit Lake Memorial … more
An infamously rough road to an iconic fire lookout finally got cleaned up, and it's opening soon. Pilchuck Road, also known as Forest Service Road 42, leads to the popular Mount Pilchuck trail … more
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday its same-day reservation pilot program has expanded to 26 parks across the state.   Additionally, the commission has … more
One of Mount Rainier National Park’s most scenic roads has reopened after an extensive $43-million, two-year rehabilitation project funded by the Great American Outdoors Act Legacy Restoration … more
Gavin Revel, 17, of Centralia, was the daily winner of the Westport Halibut Derby on May 30 after reeling in a 45.25-pound fish.  Gavin, who goes fishing with his mother, Staci Revel, in … more
Outdoor recreationalists accustomed to pursuing freshwater smelt, crawfish and carp without a fishing license should take note: Gov. Jay Inslee has signed new legislation requiring Washington anglers … more
If you want waterfalls, this is the place . The Waterfall Corridor of the Columbia River Gorge, an 8.5-mile stretch along the Historic Columbia River Highway that’s home to more than a … more
The word about Eastern Washington's robust turkey populations is out. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say they are seeing an increase in nonresident turkey hunters who … more
Visiting a national park in Washington while enjoying a modicum of solitude has become a logistical feat: This summer, Mount Rainier National Park requires timed-entry reservations for Sunrise and … more
Several state agencies are asking campers and outdoor enthusiasts to not move firewood and instead buy it where they burn it this camping season. The request is being made to limit the spread of … more
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