Skyline Divide Hike

Oct 29 – Sunday — Skyline Divide Hike.  The Hills Are Alive!

Skyline Divide never fails to inspire a “Sound of Music” moment in hikers who emerge from the treeline to the breathtaking 360 degree view.  Let’s go see it in the late fall! Allow approximately 6-7 hours for this outing; especially if you are in a carpool that plans to stop at the North Fork after the hike. We’ll meet to form carpools at Sunnyland Elementary School,

Sunday, October 29, at 8:30 – park on the south end of the school, just past the stoplight on Maryland St.  Please plan to give your driver $5 to defray the expenses. Given the time of year, plan to dress in layers and bring a wind/rain shell.  Carry the ten essentials and bring lunch for a break at the top.  Cameras are strongly recommended! This hike is moderately strenuous as the trail climbs 1500 ft. in two miles to reach the ridgeline.  From there, hikers have the option to continue on to climb the five knolls that stretch away to the right for 2.5 more miles and another 1000 feet of elevation gain.  Kulshan, Shuksan and High Divide are all visible from the ridgeline, so those wishing a milder experience could choose to sit and lunch while the more ambitious hikers earn the entire 9 miles.  At the highest point, the elevation is 6500 ft. On the way back, carpool groups who wish can stop at the North Fork Beer Shrine for beverages, pizza or an impromptu wedding! Contact Laura Boynton arlolightray@gmail.com with questions.

Trip Report

If you stayed inside watching the game on Sunday, October 29. . . here’s what you missed!  I’m going to take a page out of Richard’s book and just share the stats:

1 – Big bright sunny day
2 – Number of hikers who went the entire distance
3 + 16 people showed up to play
No snow to speak of.  Glorious weather. Truly a spectacular late season hike with great company, stunning views, mouthwatering pizza and local brews.  We missed you!  Check out the photos on the MBC Flickr page – lots of scenery and happy faces.
Thanks to all who came and made this such a fun outing!
Laura

“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”
-John Muir