Hike/walk Galbraith Mountain

January 12, 2018 (Friday):  (Moderate)  If you have never been to Galbraith Mountain, come find out what runners and mountain bikers have known for years–it is a cool place!  Consider it an introduction to the trail system that stretches from Lakeway Dr. to Lake Padden, though we will walk only a 6 mile circuit from the Birch St. trail head.  Most of the walk is in the forest, but there are occasional views of the Bay and waterfront, a power line right of way, logging operations past and present, and even a peek at Mt Baker.  Because of limited parking at the trail head, a sign up is required to determine if we need to carpool from nearby Whatcom Falls Park.  Members Gary and Doug will be our guides. High winds will cancel the outing.  For information, contact Richard at rpklemm@comcast.net

Snowshoeing at Salmon Ridge

Cancelled due to rain

February 4, 2018 (Sunday):  Let’s get in the woods and enjoy snowshoeing at a low elevation.  For more information:  http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/salmon-ridge-snowshoe We’ll start around 2,000 feet and climb a mere 300 feet while snowshoeing a total of 5.5 miles at a slightly above average pace.  Lets meet in the parking lot on the South side of Sunnyland school at 8:30am, get together in carpools, then meet up with another group at 9:15ish behind the Maple Falls Shell.  In case of warm temps in January that melt the snow at lower elevations we will still snowshoe but it will be at a higher elevation.  Post-snowshoe refreshments at the Beer Shrine for all who desire.  Contact Michael Davis at mikesdavis@outlook.com<mailto:mikesdavis@outlook.com> if you have questions.  Snowshoes required!  Also required is a Sno-Parks permit for each vehicle.  $5. Carpool tariff suggested.  All wheel drive vehicles strongly suggested.

Chanterelle Trail Hike

February 9, 2018 (Friday):  Trip Leader:  Owen Bamford.  Estimated 5 miles round trip and 1,500 to 2,000 feet of elevation gain.


Trip Report

Twelve humans and a dog met me at the trailhead parking lot, apparently preferring to spend a morning in the damp woods than doing whatever chores were waiting at home. The promised sunny skies did not appear but we pressed on anyway through occasional light rain, enjoying the excellent trail construction and signage on the trail, and reaching the viewpoint at around 11. Almost the whole length of Lake Whatcom could be seen, and if you looked hard you could see Bellingham and the bay. We stood and admired the view and ate snacks and chatted for a while, and discussed without much enthusiasm the possibility of hiking further up the road. When Lookout Mountain disappeared behind curtains of rain we decided to quit while we were ahead, and started back down the trail.
It was nice to see some new faces, as well as some of the usual suspects.  Thanks to all who showed up.

Samish Overlook to Oyster Dome Hike

March 4, 2018 (Sunday):  We will obey that command to “March forth”.  A moderate hike of about 6 miles is a bit shorter and easier than from Chuckanut Dr.  Meet at the REI parking lot ready to leave at 9:00, or at Samish Overlook by 9:30 ish.  A Discover Pass is required for parking at Samish Overlook. Lunch at the top.  For information contact Richard via email at  rpklemm@comcast.net

Revised Hike – Lily/Lizard Lake

On my St Patrick’s day hike scheduled for March 17 there is a Chuckanut marathon happening in the same area.  This might clog things up so if you please, consider the following:


Saturday March 17:  Hike to Lily and Lizard Lakes from the lower Blanchard Mtn trailhead.  Come and enjoy a stroll through the S Chuckanuts on Saint Patrick’s day.  We’ll meet at the Blanchard Mtn lower parking area at 9am (48°37’05”N; 122°22’47”W), and spend the morning and part of the afternoon exploring Lizard Lake, Lily Lake, and enjoy a bite to eat atop N Butte.  Total distance is approximately 8 miles with a 1600 ft elevation gain for the day.  Bring a lunch and water.  Questions contact Michael Davis at mikesdavis@outlook.com.

March 17, 2018 (Saturday):  Hike the Rock Trail and surrounding hills.  Let’s spend the morning of St. Patrick’s Day hiking the Rock Trail and nearby trails in the Chuckanuts.  I’m shooting for an approximate 8 mile day with an approximate 1500-2000 ft elevation gain total.  Let’s meet at the trailhead at the top of Cleator Rd at 8:30am, and reasonably speedily hike for a few hours which should be enough to eat as much corned beef and cabbage and drink as much beer as our bodies can handle without guilt later that day.  Questions contact Michael at mikesdavis@outlook.com.  Discover Pass required.

Deception Pass State Park Hike:

March 23, 2018 (Friday):  Lighthouse Point Trail, Lottie Point Trail and Trail to Rosario Head. Moderately easy hike along the rugged rocky cliffs of Bowman Bay and Lottie Bay with expansive coastal scenery. Five miles roundtrip. Elevation gain of 350 ft. Meet at REI parking lot on the east side near Starbucks, we will leave promptly at 9:00am. Suggested carpool of $5. Discovery Pass required. For more information contact Jennie and Steve (360) 656-5216, tosteve@mac.com

Pine & Cedar Lakes Hike

March 31, 2018 (Saturday):  Five miles -out and back trail with 1400′ elevation gain.  This moderate trail though a shady forest can be hiked year-round. After a 1,200 foot climb, take a left at the first junction for the hemlock trail to the lakes. Once on the hemlock trail, it is 0.2 miles to Cedar Lake or straight ahead for 0.5 miles to Pine Lake.  We will stop for a lunch break beside one of the lakes.  Carpoolers can meet in the REI Parking Lot at Sehome Village prior to 8:30am for an on-time departure.  Trailhead is on Old Samish Road.  Directions:  Take I 5 South from Bellingham and take exit 250.  Follow Fairhaven Parkway west 0.1 miles to turn Left onto 30th Street.  After about a mile, turn left onto old Samish Drive and 1.3 miles to the trailhead parking lot on the right. For more information or questions, please contact Mary Brooke at 360-303-1848 or brohiker@gmail.com

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 brohiker@gmail.com