Guidebook

The Waters of Omak Lake

Attractions. It’s a lake of distinctions and surprises. It’s the longest natural lake in Okanogan County. It’s the largest saline lake in Washington State. It’s a tropical blue lake surrounded by a brown desert... Read More...

Echo Ridge Trails

Designed originally as a Nordic Ski area, Echo Ridge has turned into a summer trail hub for mountain biking, trail running, and family outings. The trails contour hillsides, follow ridgelines, and dip throu... Read More...

Mad River (From Entiat)

  A long, forested singletrack trail through sage and ponderosa pine that opens onto sunny hillsides a dips into shaded groves. The trail winds along the Mad River, offering views of the canyon and the ... Read More...

Stormy Mountain Loop

Stormy Mountain Loop By Coron PolleyAs of late summer 2014, this loop was is in reasonable shape although washed out and rutted in a few places between Stormy Mountain and the top of the Pot Peak Trail. The tr... Read More...

Ancient Lakes-Loop to Loop

Ancient Lakes-Loop to Loop by Andy Dappen The November shoulder season has descended like rain from heaven. Actually, it has descended because of the rain from heaven. A frigid and unpleasant mixture of  ra... Read More...

Skiing Williams Butte

by Andy Dappen On Easter Sunday I skied Mount Saint Helens along with 200 West Side backcountry skiers and peak baggers. Two weeks later, I enjoyed an opposite experience (alone time in a spiritual place) in t... Read More...

Northrup Canyon

Northrup Canyon in shoulder season. This canyon near Banks Lake and Steamboat Rock State Park offers interesting human history, geology, and natural history. It also offers beautiful rubber necking as you loo... Read More...

Palisades Sagebrush Steppe

by Glade and Andrea Brosi The frozen waterfall. Photo taken by Sarah Shaffer. Last Sunday we decided to explore the Palisades and were rewarded with the first wildflowers of the spring season. They wer... Read More...

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