Camping, Hiking and the Great Outdoors

Q: Great Camping near the Tri-Cities?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: I recently moved to tri cities and love to camp and fish. Are there any forest areas that have good camping within 100 miles? – Terek  Dear Terek, First, only because some readers may not know this, the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland and Pasco) are in Washington’s desert country in the south central […]

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Top Picks from REI’s Biggest Outdoor Gear Sale

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I have to say, it’s quite thoughtful of REI to have their biggest sale of the year just as I’m planning our summer camping trips and figuring out all the gear we need. This isn’t just a clearance sale–many of the deals are new gear products, discounted as much as 30% off. Check out the sale; it ends May 25. […]

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Day Hikes and Cheap Sleeps in Washington’s Columbia River Gorge

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Are you in search of sunshine, open vistas and fields of wildflowers? Don’t wait for summer–find these adventures now on the sunny Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Sunshine and springtime wildflowers draw adventurers to the east end of the Columbia River Gorge. The views open up and you can see for miles. Oak trees […]

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Q: Peak Wildflowers at Mt. Rainier National Park?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: I am trying to decide between Ohanapecosh and Cougar Rock campgrounds for a reservation this summer.  I would like to be able to go view wildflowers towards the end of July. Is Paradise or Sunrise better for that and based on that which campground would you suggest? – Mary S. Dear Mary, At […]

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GO: Carbon River Rain Forest at Mt. Rainier

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This guest post is by Kim Brown, photographer and naturalist. See more of her great finds at exploringpacnw.net. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

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Gear Closet: Up to 50% at REI

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The holidays are so over, as are last year’s models of many outdoor gear items. If you’re like me and don’t mind last year’s leftovers when they come 50% off, head on over to REI.com and check out their January clearance sale. Here are some highlights from the sale. Thanks for reading Northwest TripFinder. See […]

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Gifts for Intrepid Pacific Northwesterners

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The holidays are upon us. Whether you give lots of gifts this time of year or spread your generosity across the seasons, you might find yourself stumped over choosing the perfect present for the local traveler in your life. Here’s a little guide to some of our favorite things for local travelers this year. Whether your […]

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Cozy Camping: Reboot Your Campsite for Fall and Winter

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PSST…. GET OUR PREMIER GUIDE TO FALL TRAVEL – AUTUMN ESCAPES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. GET INSPIRED TO SPEND YOUR FALL WEEKENDS COMBING ROCKY BEACHES, SAVORING THE HARVEST, AND HIKING SCENIC MOUNTAIN TRAILS OF WASHINGTON AND OREGON. GET IT HERE.   The best thing about autumn? Just being outside. Sweaters against cool air, the faint smell of woodsmoke, wild […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Icicle Creek Canyon

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No reservations? No problem. Get our FREE GUIDE to Last-Minute Camping in the Pacific Northwest. The Icicle Creek Canyon may be a tad far away to be Seattle’s outdoor playground (five to six hours of drive time, round-trip) but for many Central Puget Sound hikers and rock climbers, it is anyway. Simply put, it’s totally worth […]

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Campfires Banned in Some Washington State Parks

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UPDATE: August 16, 2014 Good news on the Washington State Parks campfire ban, from DNR: “With recent rain and current weather models predicting more moderate conditions in western Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is adjusting the current statewide burn ban. Recreational campfires will be permitted in established fire rings in official […]

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