Laura’s Birthday Escapade!

Sunday October 7- Laura’s Birthday Escapade!

(Gifts welcome, but not mandatory for participation 😉

Let’s hike to a ghost town!  This hike is for all ability levels – little elevation gain, walking on an old railbed and only one funky stream crossing over a log. In addition to some wonderful old buildings and a railway turntable, enjoy stunning views above the town.  Hike is an 8 mile round trip with ending elevation at 2800 feet but a gain of only 700. 

Read more about the history of the area here: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/monte-cristo-143

We will carpool from the REI parking lot.  Meet at 7:45 to be on the road by 8 a.m.  Drive takes approximately an hour and 45 minutes from REI to the trailhead.  Plan to give your driver $5-10.  From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 31 miles to Barlow Pass and park there (elev. 2360 ft).

Camp & Hike Leavenworth

Wednesday thru Friday, October 10-12: Camp & Hike Leavenworth.

Meet on 10/10 at one of the campgrounds along Icicle Rd and set up tent before evening (approx. $22 per night per campsite). Next day hike up to Colchuck Lake (8 miles roundtrip / 2280 ft gain) and on Friday 10/12 leave campground in the morning and hike to Eight Mile Lake (7 miles roundtrip / 1300 ft gain). After hike on Friday drive back to Bellingham.

RSVP by 10/07/18 fritz365@gmail.com for a max. of 8 strong hikers. Details will be communicated with the participants before the trip.

Limitations: The trip will depend on weather conditions. An alternate date is planned for Monday 10/15/18 to Wednesday 10/17/18 the following week in case the weather does not agree with us for the planned dates. Nights might get chilly.  Fritz Ulrich

Sauk Mountain Hike

Sunday October 14Sauk Mountain Hike 

This hike is scheduled on the club calendar for this coming Saturday 13th. I have a schedule conflict that day and will have to reschedule, so this hike will be on Sunday 14th instead. My apologies for the confusion.
We will meet at the park and ride in Sedro Wooley at the end of Cook Road, It’s on the last turning on the right just before the roundabout. Not to be confused with the informal Cook Road park and ride on 99 and Cook, just off I-5. Or any other park and ride.
Days are short and it’s a long drive, so let’s meet in time for an 8am departure.
The Sauk mountain road is said to be mostly in  good shape except for the last bit. The trail should be dry and firm.  The round trip is only about 4 1/2 miles, elevation gain about 1200′, but  the trail switchbacks up a steep exposed slope. I don’t think it is suitable for dogs. The forecast is sunny and warm, but I wouldn’t rely on it.
Any questions, contact me (owen.bamford@gmail.com). See youi Sunday.
Owen

Church Mountain Hike

Friday October 19 – Church Mountain Hike.  Meet at Regal Movie Theatre parking lot, side closest to Woburn at 8:20 to form carpools for departure at 8:30 am.  Diana Meek

Trip Report

Unfortunately, Diana was unable to lead the hike up Church Mt today, so we stepped in as substitutes.  The weather was great as the six of us slogged up the trail but it got hotter and hotter.  The blueberries succumbed to the heat as they were all shriveled, but still tasted good.  The blueberry bushes were in their red color.  Fritz pointed out one patch that was impossibly vivid.

The heat really sapped our strength as only four of the six “summited”.  We only saw a few other hikers (and two hunters – be safe out there) the entire day.  Gorgeous day and great company.  The hike was 9.4 miles with an elevation gain of about 3600 feet (2600 feet to the meadow) and topped out at about 6000 feet at the summit.  Photos can be seen on the MBC Flickr album page.

J&S
P.S. The hot shower sure felt good afterwards

Baker Lake North Hike (Maybe Dock Butte/Blue Lake?)

Saturday November 3 – Baker Lake North Hike to Noisy Creek

IF the snow holds off, and the weather’s good I might change this to a Dock Butte/Blue Lake Hike, if we need to keep our elevation low we’ll do Baker Lake North trail.  Meet at REI @ 8:30am with a stop at the Sedro Woolley park and ride located between Walgreens and the Food Pavilion at the intersection of Cook Rd, SR 9 and Hwy 20.  Bring a lunch and water, offer your driver $5 for driving you into the wild.  Contact Michael Davis at 708.302.9177 or mikesdavis@outlook.com.  We’ll likely stop at Birdsview for beverages after the hike.  Lets all hope for some decent skies on November 3! Mike Davis 

Trip Report

5 members arrived at the Park and Ride for a day on Baker Lake with eyes on the clouds and surrounding mountains.  Good fortune ensued as very little rain fell and winds were null throughout the majority of our Baker Lake North hike yesterday.  Noisy Creek was noisy but not as noisy as Hidden Creek which is anything but hidden.  All streams and rivers were flowing into Baker Lake healthily, nonetheless Baker dam remains open so the Lake water levels are down 30-40 feet from this summer’s peak.

Thanks to the fine folks who came out to enjoy the outdoors yesterday, great group!

Pics?  Yeah there are lots of pics, uploading now on flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtbakerclub/albums

Winter Social at Roeder Home

Saturday December 1 –  Mt Baker Club Winter Social at Roeder Home.

Potluck Dinner from  5:30- 8:30 at the Roeder Home – Club will provide coffee, hot water for tea and cocoa, along with paper goods.  The Roeder Home will be decked out for the holidays to get us all in a festive frame of mind.  Consider bringing an instrument if you have one; there is a piano in the parlor.

Roeder Home -2600 Sunset Dr, Bellingham, WA 

Keep Kool Trail Hike

Friday October 5 – Keep Kool Trail – The Keep Kool Trail (#699) was begun as an old prospectors route to reach claims around the tarns below Yellow Aster Butte. Several years ago the old trail was “abandoned” by the Forest Service after the Tomyhoi Lake/Gold Run Pass/Yellow Aster Butte Trail was built. 

It starts at 2960 feet and tops out at about 5500 after 2.8 miles (5.6 miles RT). It begins gently on an abandoned logging road (with some nice views of Shuksan and Baker) and then steeply ascends gaining 1200 feet in the first mile followed by a wooded plateau at about 4000’. Then it repeats the steep-and-level grades a couple more times before it curves around to a lovely, open meadow at 4700’ with great views of the surrounding mountains before the last steep push up to the little lakes at the base of Yellow Aster Butte and Mount Tomyhoi.

George led this hike in mid June but the snow prevented them from reaching the top.  This is a strenuous hike.  Be prepared, as George stated in his trip report, to clamber over/under/through some downed trees and cope with steep inclines (hiking poles recommended).

Since this a hike into the MB Wilderness, the trip will be limited to the first ten people that send Jennie and Steve an email at tosteve@mac.com.  Two mile travel on gravel FS roads.  Suggested $5 carpool fee.   

Litter Patrol July 2018

Trip Report

The summer litter patrol of Mount Baker Hwy miles 37 – 39 was held Tuesday.  It was sunny and warm–the kind of day in the mountains that so often moves the Club President to look to the heavens and belt out an Italian aria!  Sing it Michael!  The highway traffic was light, as was the usual collection of beer/soda cans and bottles, cigarette butts, candy wrappers, and assorted bits of plastic and paper.  Grass and underbrush along the road may have hidden some litter, but I like to think drivers are rethinking their lazy habits.

To the numbers:

0  –As usual, nothing of value was found.

1  –Old bamboo Tiki torch.  White Nationalists may claim it at the DOT Maple Falls dumpster.

–Ambulance, lights flashing, going east.

2  –Teams of two volunteers.

–Actual time in hours, more or less, to patrol one mile, there and back.

3  –Sunning garden snakes.  One slurping from a Pepsi can (sugary kind).  Took the can, left the snake.

4  –Partial bags of litter collected.

–Enthusiastic volunteers.

5:45  –A.M.  Alarm clock sounds off.  Hit snooze.

6  –Bicyclists heading uphill.

8  –A.M.  Loaded up, on the road.

9:30  –A.M.  Patrol teams assemble at mile marker 37.  Group photo.

33  –Degrees.  What the Nooksack River felt like while soaking feet after the patrol.

78  –Degrees upon arrival at milepost 37.

86  –Degrees when done.

88  –Miles, door to door.

1743  –Miles from St. Louis that Melinda traveled just to participate in the patrol.

3035  –Wooden forest road sign toppled by age and moisture.  The road doesn’t really seem to go anywhere.

Thank you to Valerie, Melinda, and Sue for making it a fun day.  The next litter patrol should be in mid to late October, before the snow flies.

Photos of the fun can be seen here.