Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park. Click the picture for its enlargement, plus a description and link.

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Pete's Porridge  or the Web

These links to websites dealing with my outdoor interests focus on Washington state and the greater Pacific Northwest.

This page and most of the others here were updated in July 2018, although Kayak Journal is current through September 2020.

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climbs and trips
The links to some of my Climbs and Trips have their own page.
agencies
  1. For campsite availability on most federal lands (forest service, park service, BLM, whatever), go to recreation.gov (although many of these campgrounds are also first come, first served). (And for Priest Lake, Idaho.)
  2. And for campsite availability at the Washington state parks, see washington.goingtocamp.com.
  3. For other state info, browse Washington State Parks Department and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  4. The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region 6 provides links to the National Forests of Oregon and Washington, and passes and permits page.
  5. Or, in Washington, go directly to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Okanogan-Wenatchee, Gifford-Pinchot and Olympic National Forests, or Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. (And check below for conditions on two of those forests.)
  6. The whole U.S.National Park Service, or just Mt Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades National Parks
  7. U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  8. For winter sno-park permits, go to my Skiing links page.
  9. For interagency info on wildfire conditions nationwide, go to inciweb.nwcg.gov. For Washington and Oregon only, see gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc.
  10. For smoke in the air (particulate matter or PM), see the EPA's excellent website at airnow.gov for current air quality maps and more.
    Then browse the first-rate blog of Washington's contributing agencies at wasmoke.blogspot.com.
maps
  1. nationalmap.gov is the gateway for topographic maps from the USGS. How do I find and download... might be useful.
  2. google.com/maps provides great satellite views, in addition to their good maps. Unfortunately, google.com/earth now says "Google Chrome is required to run the new Google Earth".
  3. legacy.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html is the wonderful world-wide Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.
weather
I had weather-related links scattered around on three different pages at scn.org, whose server died a while ago. Now just go for the forecasts and links at atmos.washington.edu.
gear
Outdoor Gear lists a couple of dozen manufacturers and retailers.
hiking
guides
  1. The Washington Trails Association at wta.org are the good folks who organize and do a lot of that necessary hard work -- plus they provide a very good hiking guide, a searchable trip reports page (which combines their info with the USFS reports), and more.
  2. nwhikers.net, a discussion forum site currently with over twelve thousand registered users, hosts trip reports (that also lets you search WTA), galleries of great photography, links, and more.
  3. Chris Duval provides washingtonhikes.com for his dozens of hikes and photos of hikes.
  4. Sadly, Karen Sykes' archive of hikes at the Seattle P-I seems to be defunct. But there is this: karenstrails.blogspot.com.
  5. nwhiker.com: In addition to selling his "virtual hikes" CDs, Dennis Stilwell provides interactive hikes for Washington and Oregon, including the Columbia River gorge.
  6. trails.com seems to want to be all things to all people.
conditions
  1. For current road and trail conditions for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest districts, go to fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/conditions....
    For Okanogan-Wenatchee NF updates of trail, campground, and road recreation reports by district, click fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen....
    And check the most recent trip reports from the WTA, just above, for more condition info, too.
  2. My page of Skiing Links will lead you to current snowpack and avalanche info, and more.
  3. For regional weather forecasts and much more, go to atmos.washington.edu/data/weather.html#forecasts.
  4. And be sure to check numbers 9 and 10 in the agencies category above.
organizations
  1. In addition to wta.org, listed just above, you might want to look at mountaineers.org, so you'll know where not to go -- unless you like crowds.
  2. One Step at a Time at osat.org are good folks.
kayaking
  1. Kayaking Links lists and describes a large selection of good websites.
  2. Kayak Journal describes a number of my recent daytrips in or near Seattle, mostly kayaking but with a few easy hikes.
  3. Road Trips does the same for a dozen short overnight excursions, reaching a little further into the state of Washington.
climbing
  1. My page of Climbs and Trips lists ten climbs, describing nine climbs in Washington's Cascade Range and one in the Tetons, plus more.
  2. Climbing Links has a few dozen websites worth visiting...
skiing
  1. ... and Skiing Links does, too.
  2. Telemark tracks has four pretty pictures and sketches a little personal history.
birding
  1. Three stories we'd rather not have read:
    Huge decline in songbirds linked to common insecticide, from National Geographic,
    America has lost a quarter of its birds in fifty years, from The Atlantic,
    and most recently,
    Birds 'falling out of the sky' in mass die-off in south-western US from The Guardian
  2. wa.audubon.org: the Washington Audubon Society
  3. wos.org: the Washington Ornithological Society, with a rare bird alert and much more
  4. birdweb.org is the Seattle Audubon Society's superb online guide to Washington state birds, including the breeding bird atlas Sound To Sage.
  5. www.birds.cornell.edu: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers comprehensive resources, some free and some by subscription, including ebird.org, "A real-time, online checklist program," and birdcast.info, providing a "Bird Migration Forecasts in Real-Time".
  6. Tweeters Birding E-mail occasionally has server issues at scn.org, so go directly to the list at washington.edu instead.
  7. pwrc.usgs.gov/birds: the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center of the U.S. Geological Survey
  8. The Seattle Times lists only a handful of places for Where to see bald eagles, from B.C. to Oregon, but has links, including...
  9. ... klamathbirdingtrails.com, with 47 sites in the Klamath Basin, resources, and more
  10. klamathbird.org is the Klamath Bird Observatory.
  11. ebird.org/content/nw "is a collaborative citizen science project..." from Cornell, that published this stunning study.
hot springs

A google search (see above) with your state's name and the phrase "hot springs" will lead you to lots more.

  1. Wikitravel at wikitravel.org/en/Hot_springs offers an introduction to hot springs, with a worldwide list, too.
  2. Good old soak.net seems to be dead again.
  3. idahohotsprings.com is a good and useful site, including some info on neighboring states, and its article on red spider mites!
  4. goldmyer.org: Goldmyer Hot Springs, up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie.
  5. Gorp.com used to host "Ski-In Hot Springs of the Pacific Northwest". Then it was bought by away.com which was bought by orbitz.com which is useless here. Sucks.
  6. The National Geophysical Data Center of NOAA provides a (now very old) searchable database of 1661 Thermal Springs in the U.S.
puget sound orcas
My page for orcas and other Puget Sound whales hasn't kept up with the news, so it's been taken down for now.
gray wolves
The Resources page for my trips to the northern Rocky Mountains has suggestions for reading about Gray Wolves, both in print and online.
pacific northwest flora
  1. www.pnwflowers.com: "Pacific Northwest Wildflowers contains 16235 wildflower photographs by Mark Turner..." Search or browse his pages of excellent photos and common-language descriptions (or buy his book). Each page also has links to the appropriate page of half-a-dozen of the other websites listed here. Five stars.
  2. burkemuseum.org/research-and-collections/botany-and-herbarium: The portal to The University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum, including "WTU Image Collection: Plants of Washington" at biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection.php is great, but does use scientific nomenclature for its descriptions.
  3. www.wnps.org is the excellent website of the Washington Native Plant Society
  4. ibis.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/ is the first-rate and very cool E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia, a collaborative project from the University of British Columbia.
  5. www.oregonflora.org: the Oregon Flora Project from Oregon State University with an atlas, gallery, guide, and much more.
  6. www.pnwplants.wsu.edu/Default.aspx: Plant Identification Data Base from Washington State University.
  7. Native plant resources for the Pacific Northwest for gardeners from King County includes its fine interactive Native Plant Guide and more.
  8. www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Flora:Flowers is the slightly odd Portland Hikers Flower Identification Tool.
butterflies
  1. northwestbutterflies.blogspot.com provides naming info, a half-dozen introductory posters, a list of web links and more.
  2. butterfliesofamerica.com: "Currently, we show 160,500 images and list over 8,300 species, and these numbers are growing every day. Our aim is to develop a comprehensive online resource...."
  3. Butterflies and How to Attract Them from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has a list of common species, resources, more.
  4. www.butterfliesandmoths.org: "Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) is an ambitious effort to collect, store, and share species information and occurrence data. You can participate by taking and submitting photographs of butterflies, moths, and caterpillars."

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