Sharpe Park – Montgomery – Duban Headlands Hike

Saturday, November 18, 2017  10am

Located at 14692 Rosario Road, south of Anacortes. Sharpe Park is a hidden gem of Skagit County Parks with more than 110 acres of pristine second-growth forest and views of Deception Pass State Park, Rosario Strait, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Sares Head walk is an easy 1.5 mile round-trip.  Additional trail choices can extend the hike to a 2.2 mile loop, including steeper terrain that takes you down closer to the water.  A haven for bird and storm watching.  No permits required.  Depart from REI Parking Lot (400 36th St, Bellingham) promptly at 10:00am.  Carpool fee about $5.  Contact Jennie and Steve at tosteve@mac.com for more information.

Chain Lakes Hike – CANCELLED

Oct 8 – Sunday – Chain Lakes Hike – Leader Margaret Bushnell 

8 miles, strenuous, elevation gain 1700 feet with ups and downs. Chain Lakes Loop hike. Amazing views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, alpine lakes, and the fall foliage with the last of the blueberries and huckleberries. I propose we go the counter-clockwise route starting at Artist Point, which gets the steep down to Bagley Lakes and then the climb up to Herman Saddle out of the way earlier on. Prepared capable hikers only. The weather can be very changeable, so layers including rain gear and extra warm clothes needed, with the rest of your ten essentials including food. Carpoolers meet in the parking lot of Lowe’s near the Whatcom Educational Credit Union on Orleans Street and be ready to LEAVE at 8 am. If notified, we’ll stop in Maple Falls to pick up other carpoolers. Drivers bring NW Forest pass or equiv. Be sure to RSVP, preferably by email, as the start location may be moved or the hike cancelled if weather turns bad. Meg (Margaret) Bushnell, bushnell.margaret at gmail.com (replace at with @), 615-504-5706.

 

CANCELLED due to snow and ice.

Ptarmigan Ridge Hike – CANCELLED

Oct 15 – Sunday – Ptarmigan Ridge Hike – Lord willin’ and the road don’t close. The road did close! So the hike has been CANCELLED.  This trail runs from Artist Point toward Mt. Baker.  Great views.  The elevation gain is a moderate 1200 feet or so, but it’s a long 9 to 10-mile round-trip hike or 4.5 to 5 hours at a decent pace.  Rocky trail, little shade, some tricky spots, and probably some snow patches.  This trail is high and exposed so we’ll watch the weather forecast closely.  DEPART Sunnyland E. S. at 8:00 AM.  Cars require a Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent.  $5 carpool fee suggested.  Contact Bill for more information or to set up a waypoint rendezvous – billgrove@comcast.net.

 

 

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.

Chuckanut Falls Hike

Dec 25 – Monday (Christmas Day):  Chuckanut Falls Hike –  Hiking invitation for Christmas orphans, those trying to avoid family, or those who just want some exercise before a big dinner.  About 3.5 miles, and can be lengthened by popular demand.  Hike begins at 1:00 from the North Chuckanut Trailhead.  For more information contact Richard Klemm via email at rpklemm@comcast.net

Park Butte Hike Changed to Sauk Mt Hike

July 16 – Sunday – Looks like snow will keep us from comfortably reaching thePark Butte lookout, so let’s put this one off until later in the summer.  In the meantime, let’s do Sauk Mountain instead!  Should be great weather and I’m told to expect little or no snow at the top.  I’m hoping for a nice breeze to keep us cool and the bugs hunkered down.  B’ham hikers will meet at the Park N Ride just east of I-5, Exit 250 (Old Fairhaven Parkway).  We’ll DEPART THE PARK N RIDE AT 7:30 AM then rendezvous with Skagit hikers at the North Cascades National Park office in Sedro-Woolley (810 WA 20, Moore St.) and DEPART THE PARK OFFICE AT 8:00 AM.  No parking passes are required at the trailhead.  If the stars align, the Birdsview Brewing Co. will be open to thirsty hikers on our way home.  Questions?  Contact billgrove@comcast.net.

 

Trip Report

 

9 members and 2 guests set off Sunday morning from the Sauk Mt. trailhead.  It was a cool and comfortable ascent into the broken clouds.  Nice views of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers and points south.  The mountain was covered in a remarkable variety of wildflowers.  Nice view of Sauk Lake after reaching the top of the switchbacks and heading north.  Once past the turnoff to Sauk Lake, we crossed 50 yards or so of snow and headed up the rocky trail into the clouds and onto the peak.  Every once in a while a hole in the clouds would appear but for the most part we were socked in up there.  The decent provided another chance to marvel at the variety of wildflowers and the views up and down the rivers.

 

Thanks to Cathy Edelman for the following group picture.IMG_8249

Summer Social

July 22 – Saturday – 12pm – 3pm – at Lake Padden Park Playground Shelter (4882 Samish Way, 2nd entrance to the park).  A clebration of Summer and hopefully sunshine.  Gather to meet with fellow hikers and families.  Please bring a favorite dish to share for the potluck lunch.  Water, lemonade, compostable utensils, plates, napkins and cups will be provided or bring your own place settings if you prefer.  Following lunch, enjoy the lake with a kayak, fishing pole, wal the trail around the lake or bring a camp chair to relax.  Questions:  contact Mary Brooke at 360-303-1848 or brohiker@gmail.com

Dock Butte

July 30 – Sunday – Mike Davis Trip Leader.  8:30am – 4pm

Hike to Dock Butte and Blue Lake.  This is one of the more scenic short hikes in the area, approximately 5 miles round trip with a 1500 foot elevation gain.  Sweeping views of Mount Baker, Baker Lake, Sauk Mountain, and the Skagit Valley can be seen once we scramble to the top of the Butte.  For more detailed information click: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/dock-butte .  This is considered a medium difficult hike with a small stretch of hands and feet climbing up a rocky face.  Northwest Forest Pass is required for this trailhead.  $5. Carpool fee suggested.  Very likely we will stop at the Birdsview Brewery for a bite and beverage after the hike.  Departing at 8:30am from REI Sehome parking lot to the Cook Road Park & Ride exit at 9am (this is the dirt park and ride alongside I-99 just south of Cook Rd, 100 yards off I-5). Questions call Michael at 708.302.9177 or email at mikesdavis@outlook.com

 

Trip Report

 

22 “Clubbers” showed up to hike to Dock Butte Sunday.  Once we made it up the long and dusty road to the trailhead we fractured into smaller groups which lessened the impact on the trail and allowed us to walk at paces more comfortable to individuals.  The trail to the Butte was in good shape, and included dry, muddy, rocky, and snowy surfaces for us to navigate.  The warm day softened any dangerous trail ice and all were able to navigate the short trail to the butte.  One last quick scramble up the butte face for most of us and some of the best views in Skagit County were offered up, If you like 360 degree views of Mt Baker, Shuksan, Baker Lake, deep wooded valleys, Park Butte, Sauk Mtn, Skagit Valley, Puget Sound, etc etc etc.

 

A few of us stopped at Blue Lake on the way down the hill, and one of us decided to cool off in the chilly lake.  Post hike many of us enjoyed the patio at Birdsview with some delicious beverages, along with some warm and interesting conversation.

 

Flickr photos that can be found here.

 

Michael