Cooney Lake – Heat Wave Escape

Looking down on Cooney Lake from a peak bordering it. by Andy Dappen In hot weather the three elements for beating the heat in the outdoors are shade, water, and elevation. Cooney Lake gives you all three. A... Read More...

Silver Falls

Pictured left: Silver Falls in all it's beauty along with a rainbow at the base. One of the more popular family outings in the region. You've got waterfalls, cool structures (stone steps, log fences, CCC... Read More...

Sports Drink-Make Your Own

Editor's note -- This post was posted in 2012, but with the wave of warm weather comes the need for hydration, and that wave is certainly a-comin' on through. This method for making your own sports drink is... Read More...

Buck Creek Pass to Liberty Cap

Sarah Shaffer, Liz Dunham and Tana Shaffer (the beast) with High Pass in the background. Marmot Chirps and Snow Daiquiris by Sarah Shaffer Once a year my good friend Liz and I make plans for a one or two ni... Read More...

Twin Lakes

My companions were shocked I’d never hiked to Twin Lakes. “What? Mr. Outdoors hasn’t hiked this? Every outdoorsman who’s any outdoorsman has hiked this one!” I was feeling pretty insignificant and sputte... Read More...

Trout Lake

Jack Creek, Jack Ridge, and Trout Lake Trails These trails near the Rock Island Campground about 16 miles up the Icicle Road from Leavenworth connect to form a 13-mile loop.  None of our reporters have pre... Read More...

Stuart Lake

The trail climbs through shaded forests and wildflower meadows with beautiful views of Mt. Stuart. A nice hike to escape the heat of summer, the lake is a great swimming option for those needing to cool off... Read More...

Stevens Pass Commuter Hikes

Photo by: Ian Mackie (www.mackieimages.com) Written By: Wenatchee Outdoors Whether it’s for work, family reasons, entertainment, or culture, we all make the drive over the mountains to the Wet Side fr... Read More...

Spider Meadows to Holden Traverse

Words and photos by Peter Bauer This trip up Phelps Creek to Spider Meadows, through Spider Gap, past Lyman Lake, and on to Holden via Hart Lake occurred in late August. A college roommate (Henry Taylor) acc... Read More...

Snowgrass Mountain & Lake Margaret

Snowgrass Mountain provides an uninterrupted and unparalleled panorama of Washington's mountain ranges in every direction. There is also great trout fishing in Lake Margaret and a scramble to high peaks and... Read More...