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Get out: Five urban hikes for South Sound’s rainy season

“One of the great things about living in Western Washington is that you get to hike year round, because the weather is temperate,” said Craig Romano, who’ll speak Friday in Olympia about his guidebook “Urban Trails: Olympia.” “When your favorite hiking haunt is snowed in, there are great places to hike down in the low country.”

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Native mountain goats thriving in south Cascades

Mountain goats lead a hard scrabble existence in the alpine areas of southwest Washington, including the Goat Rocks Wilderness and Mount St. Helens. However, unlike the mountain goats of the Olympic Peninsula, which were originally brought in during the 1920s as part of a species introduction effort that has run wild, the mountain goats of southwest Washington are native to the area.

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