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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Aug 5 – Saturday at 1:00 – Bring a dish to share and your own beverage to Sara P’s and then enjoy one of the 3 choies of easy nearby walks: Terrell Creek Marsh trail (Discovery pass needed), Point Whitehorn Marine Park, or a stroll at Birch Bay. Location: 7324 Seashell Way, Birch Bay. Directions: take freeway North to Custer, Grandview exit and turn left. Drive about 6 miles to roundabout and turn right onto Blaine Road. Drive to stop sign and turn left onto Bay Road. Seashell Way is the third right entry into the housing development. Feel free to park in the driveway and to use anything in the kitchen for food prep. Call Sara for more info at 734-5726.
Aug 27 – Sunday – 7.5 miles round trip, elevation gain: 2550 ft. Highest Point: 6150.0 ft. Leave 8:00 from Sunnyland Parking lot, prepared to spend most of day outdoors (bring food, water, wind breaker). Could pick up others in Deming (parking lot between closed casino and convenience store) or Maple Falls lot (behind Maple Fuels) if they notify leader in advance. NW Forest Pass/Senior Park Pass required for parking at trailhead. For more information, email Pam Beason at pam at pamelabeason.com (replace ” at ” with @) or call 360-201-3177.
Sept 8 – Friday – Green Mountain lies in the heart of the North Cascades. Glacier Peak looms across the valley along the ascent. Alpine meadow appears midway along Green Mountain trail. Then, at the fire lookout on top, there is a stunning panoramic view of glacier-carved North Cascades peaks. However, the hike is strenuous, with a 3100’ elev. gain during its 4-mile (one-way) ascent. The travel distance is long; 100 miles from Bellingham (one-way), the last 20 miles or so is on gravel, sometimes rough. Hikers need to commit to a long day. Bring lunch, extra water and bug spray. Meet at REI parking lot for 7:45 AM departure. NW Forest Pass required for trailhead parking. Suggest $8-10 for carpool. Mike Davis will be the co-leader on this outing. For more information, contact Trip Leaders Jim and Mei 832-491-9292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept 22 – Friday – Mike Davis Trip Leader: 8am -6pm
Hike to Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm. Another spectacular vista hike (I’m told) to Cascade Pass and then ¾ mile further to a Sahale Mountain viewpoint. Total distance be 8.6 miles with a 2400 foot elevation gain. This should only be attempted by experienced hikers with good legs. For more detailed information click: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/cascade-pass . $7. carpool fee suggested. No parking pass is required. Bring a lunch and plenty of water. For those that want we will be stopping at the Birdsview Brewery for a beverage following the hike. Departing at 8:00am from REI Sehome parking lot to the Cook Road Park & Ride exit at 8:30am (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 email@example.com
Sept 24 – Sunday – 11am – 3pm @ Woodstock Gates House, Woodstock Farm, 1200 Chuckanut Dr.. There is limited parking at Woodstock and carpooling is requested from Fairhaven Middle School at 110 Parkridge Road, Bellingham WA. The Woodstock house is located overlooking the bay and is a beautiful spot to enjoy a meal together. Please bring a favorite dish to share for the potluck lunch. Water, cofee, tea, compostable utensils, plates, napkins and cups will be provided or bring your own place settings if you prefer. Our annual meeting will be held following lunch. Walk down to the water from the house or just relax on the porch before you leave. Questions: contact Mary Brooke at 360-303-1848 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept 29 – Friday – Strenuous, about 6 miles, 2,000 feet elevation gain. A great hike from Twin Lakes toward Mt. Larrabee with excellent views into the Silesia Creek canyon and impressive peaks beyond. Departing from Safeway parking lot (off Sunset Drive, near Taco Bell) promptly at 8:00 am. The gravel road is not maintained by the Forest Service, is extremely rough and only suitable for high clearance vehicles – four-wheel-drive/AWD recommended. Forest Pass or equivalent required. Carpool fee for riders at least $6. A National Forest or National Park Pass required. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather or road conditions. Contact Jennie & Steve for more information – email@example.com or 360-656-5216
(Short Notice Hike)
Ten seasoned hikers met at the Thunder Knob Trailhead following a slow but beautiful drive up highway 20 on Friday morning. The day was warm and sunny as we passed several occupied campsites at the beginning of the trail. We crossed several bridges before heading up the trail. The view at the top was picture perfect as we looked over Diablo Lake and Thunder Arm while we enjoyed a lunch and rest before heading back down the mountain.
On the way back, five hikers added the trails around the Powerhouse in Newhalem. The Skagit River was beautiful and powerful with an impressive waterfall.