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State Parks in disrepair

State Parks in disrepair

As reporter Lynda Mapes described in the Seattle Times this week, popular state parks throughout Washington are in a grim state of disrepair. The Mountains to Sound Greenway is home to seven beloved state parks. Squak Mountain State Park features quiet, forested trails for hikers and equestrians just south of Issaquah. But budget cuts leave trails that need

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Thanksgiving Trails

Thanksgiving Trails

On a dark Thanksgiving morning, my cousins and I, each of us a non-native Pacific Northwesterner, drove the 45 minutes to Mt. Si, ready to climb the mountain I had hiked as a child with my family while visiting Washington State. As we pulled up to the trailhead parking lot at Mt. Si, I realized

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The Return to the Greenway

The Return to the Greenway

When I was 10 years old, my family got our first taste of hiking. It was at the beginning of our “let’s-go-out-west-and-indulge-our-travel-bug” phase where my family of 10 took extensive trips to explore the west 3 summers in a row. We drove out to Seattle from Detroit in 1999 taking our first big van trip

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Hiking Boots on the Bus

Hiking Boots on the Bus

Everyone knows The Mountains to Sound Greenway has some of the best hiking trails in this area. A rainy day hike to Granite Lakes a couple of weekends ago was no exception. With abundant hiking in the nearby Alpine Lakes Wilderness (the closest wilderness area to any major metropolitan area in the country!), it can

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Ellensburg: Greenway champion of biking and walking

Ellensburg: Greenway champion of biking and walking

Did that headline come as a surprise to you? The findings certainly surprised me. Seattle consistently earns accolades nationally for walking and biking such as Walkscore’s 6th most walkable large city, Walkscore’s 7thmost bikable, and Bicycle Magazine’s 10th. However, at least in terms of U.S. Census commuting to work statistics, Ellensburg beats walking pants and cycling shorts off Seattle: The top three

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