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Mission Mountain Lake Hikes

Photo of Hemlock Lake by Aaron Theisen.

The Mission Mountains make a familiar sight to travelers between Missoula and Flathead Lake, their serrated, snow-draped peaks, crowned by 9,280-foot McDonald Peak and its dozen or so neighbors in the 9,000-foot club. Despite appearing impassible to travel, the Missions boast some of the most easily rewarding, high-country ...

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Thunder Creek Loop, Colville National Forest

Photo of Priest Lake from Thunder Mountain by Holly Weiler.

Reap the benefits of recent trail improvements (with more to come later this summer) on this long loop hike into the Salmo Priest Wilderness. Enter via Thunder Creek trail #526, where the first two miles are along an old roadbed ...

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Weekend Camping: Mount Rainier National Park

With over 260 miles of hiking trails, Mount Rainier National Park offers campers plenty of ways to keep active. Mount Rainier has five main campgrounds located within park boundaries. The largest campground, Ohanapecosh, is located on the southeast side of ...

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100 Fun Things to Do Outside this Summer

Photo by Rachel Becker.

June 4 is National Trails Day – go for a hike! Check out Indian Painted Rocks, a 6.8-mile round-trip loop trail within the Riverside State Park Little Spokane River Natural Area. wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/little-spokane-river. June is Great Outdoors Month and National Camping ...

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Deep Creek Ravine: Tracking a Jailbreak Flood

Photo of Deep Creek by Tim Connor.

I first encountered Deep Creek the way I suspect most people do: in a car. As Highway 2 makes a beeline west out of Spokane, it passes the main gate to Fairchild Air Force Base. Then, in about the time ...

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Southeast Washington—Palouse Falls State Park

Photo of Palouse Falls by Shallan Knowles.

Spring trips to Palouse Falls State Park during peak river flows in recent years often include crowds and traffic, with visitors coming from around the Northwest and beyond to check out Washington’s official state waterfall. But as summer wears on, ...

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Sandpoint, Idaho—Outdoor Gear for Rent

Graphic courtesy of Wanderlust Outfitters.

As the year’s epic snowpack recedes from Inland Northwest mountain peaks, it’s time for summer adventures. A new Sandpoint-based outdoor gear rental business wants to make enjoying the outdoors easier by limiting some of the barriers that keep many people ...

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Riverside State Park—Wednesdays in the Woods

Hiking along the shore of Stevens Lake. Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Experience the great outdoors on the edge of the city while enjoying live music, educational presentations, and entertaining programs at Riverside State Park. REI and the Riverside State Park Foundation are sponsoring another season of “Wednesdays in the Woods,” a ...

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5 Classic Missoula, Montana Hikes

Photo of mountains at sunset by Aaron Theisen

Home to the University of Montana in the whole-foods-and-hiking-boots heart of the state, Missoula is a community of fit free spirits—consider it a cross between Bend and Bellingham. In recent years, the city’s running and river surfing communities have put ...

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