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The Outdoors section offers news, ideas and information that will help you make the most of the Pacific Northwest's abundant outdoors offerings.

Last Build Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:56:33 -0700


Reader’s Lens | State-fair razzle dazzle

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 -0700

Seattle Times reader Chris Picard’s nighttime image of a colorful ride at Puyallup’s fair.

‘Bikepacking’ is a treat when toddler gets too heavy for your back

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

If you want to get away from it all overnight, seek out riverside roads that are closed to cars but open to bikes, and get yourself a sturdy bike and trailer.

We got more rain in the Seattle area yesterday than we did nearly all summer long

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:10:53 -0700

Get ready, get set, go. And by go, I mean go find your rain jacket. Seattle-area residents on Sunday got more rain in a short stretch during the afternoon than was seen through most of the summer, according to Dustin Guy, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Seattle. “During a three-hour period between 2 and […]

‘The hardest hunt I’ve ever done’: What it’s like to bag a mountain goat

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Hunting a mountain goat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Washington state, so why not let people hunt them in Olympic National Park? The National Park Service is examining options for volunteer sharpshooters to help cull goats.

Mountain goats in Olympic National Park: Their days may be numbered

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Officials are nearing a decision on what to do with an overpopulation of mountain goats — some of which are aggressive — in Olympic National Park.

B.C.’s Galiano Island: serenity with unexpected dashes of fun

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

It’s all “island time,” scenic wonders and quiet, until you get on the Pub Bus and start shaking maracas.

Reader’s Lens | Seattle’s bright lights

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:00:00 -0700

Seattle Times reader Gowtham Ramesh’s time exposure of the city skyline at night.

Mount Rainier’s Sunrise and White River areas reopen as fire danger drops

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:25:47 -0700

Fire danger remains, but popular sector of park opens again for September visitors. Some trails remain closed on the park's east side.

Autumn is good time to climb ‘mind-boggling’ Mount St. Helens

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Crowds dwindle, permit competition eases, and if the upper mountain freezes climbing gets much easier.

You can kiss those 85-degree-plus days goodbye, Seattle

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:11:44 -0700

This year, we've seen 44 days with a high temperature of at least 80 degrees. Normal for our area is 27 days with temps that high.

Columbia Gorge freeway still closed, hiking trails might be off-limits for months

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:45:10 -0700

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — Hiking trails affected by an Oregon wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge might be closed for months, authorities said Monday. Landslide risk, potential for falling trees, root snags and severe erosion as the winter rains start will have repair crews busy until spring, Dawn Stender, a trail crew supervisor for the […]

Mount Rainier and Pacific Crest Trail fire closures continue into weekend

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:37:14 -0700

Closure includes Sunrise and White River areas of Mount Rainier National Park, including a section of the iconic Wonderland Trail, along with a 99-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Breathe easy: Cool air and rain moving into Puget Sound, haze moving out

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:29:47 -0700

The predicted high for Friday of 71 degrees is expected to be the last of 71 consecutive days with a high temperature at or above 70 degrees, the National Weather Service says.

Moon’s ‘Alaska’ is a big guidebook about a colossal state

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

First-edition guide offers astounding detail about neighbor to the north.

How to indulge yourself in travel photography with tours and guided outings

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Here’s a list of tours, trips and hotels that will help bring out your inner Ansel Adams.

Reader’s Lens | Snoqualmie Falls at sunset

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:00:00 -0700

Seattle Times reader D.J. Doan’s image of the famous falls splashed with warm colors of a summer evening.

Here are the largest wildfires in Washington state, Oregon

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:15:01 -0700

Continued dry weather and wind are contributing to the growth of wildfires in Washington and Oregon, which have threatened homes, prompted evacuations, closed some popular ski resorts and hiking trains and caused the governor of Washington to declare a state of emergency. Ash from the fires has even fallen on the Seattle area. Close to […]

Boating the water wonderlands of South Puget Sound

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The San Juans are lovely, but have you tried going south instead of north with your sailboat, runabout or kayak? Or just go for the car camping.

Teen in critical condition after rescue from Arlington river

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:33:16 -0700

The 16-year-old girl had been under water for about three minutes before bystanders pulled her out.

Washington state mobilizes to fight Jolly Mountain fire, where 3,800 homes are in peril

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 10:11:35 -0700

As the fire near Cle Elum grows, state emergency resources are now available to help fight the Jolly Mountain Fire, which is burning in grass, brush and timber.