Christmas Social

When: Sat, December 9, 12pm – 3pm
Where: Bellingham Downtown Coop Community Room – 405 E. Holly Street, Suite 103

Join with fellow hikers and families to celebrate the Season with a pot luck luncheon. Coffee, tea, cider, plates, utensils and cups will be provided. Bring a dish to share.

Rich Bowers from Whatcom Land Trust will give a presentation following lunch.

QUESTIONS? Contact Mary Brooke at 360-303-1848 or

Sharpe Park Hike 2017

Seventeen of us left the Sharpe Park parking lot for a ‘walk in the park’. Our first stop at Sares Head was windy and a bit chilly. We were treated to stunning costal views, including rugged cliffs, San Juan Islands, Rosario Strait and the Olympic Mountain range in the background. We then headed down to a shoreline bluff that was out of the wind and toasty. After a climb back up, it was down to Porpoise Point for lunch. We didn’t see any porpoises, but a harbor seal did make an appearance near the kelp beds. The clouds parted as we slogged our way back up to the cars. Photos can be seen on the MBC Flickr page.

Jennie and Steve

Goose Rock Hike 2017

“Short Notice” Hike


Fourteen hikers and one dog arrived at West Beach in Deception Pass State Park to enjoy brilliant sunshine and the roar of jets practicing touch-and-go landings at the nearby air base. We viewed the San Juans, the Olympics and even Mount Rainier from the top of Goose Rock, and the Navy graciously took a lunch break at the same time we did, so we enjoyed the sun and quiet on the summit.  We walked on North Beach on the return trip, and then four of us decided to spend a little more time in the beautiful weather and explored Lighthouse Point from Bowman Bay Park before heading back to Bellingham.




Photos have been  posted to the MBC Flickr albums.

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 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 (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 –



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 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!

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

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