Thirteen two-footed hikers and one four-footed outdoor enthusiast spent an enjoyable time in amazingly warm weather to walk from Samish Overlook to Oyster Dome and then back via Max’s Shortcut, somewhere between 5 and 6 miles round trip. The views could not have been better; we could see the Olympics and Canadian mountains as well as the San Juan Islands. You should have been there!
Is this January? Blue bird sunny skies, 45°, not a breath of wind! Twenty of us (plus 3) had a glorious day in the mountains. We all conquered cardiac hill and made it to Artist’s Point where we met MBC members Kathy, Jake and Bud during our lunch at the top. The snow was terrible for skiers, but easy traveling for snowshoers. Some even packed their snowshoes away and just booted it on the compacted frozen snow. There were plenty of other folks enjoying the mountains as well, but not as many as we had feared – certainly not nearly the crowds they had over the weekend. A few of us stopped at the Beer Shrine for refreshments and sustenance, i.e beer and pizza.
Total mileage was only 2.99 miles with 833 ft elevation gain (4250 to 5081 ft with a 943 feet cumulative elevation gain). It only seemed a lot worse. If you weighed as much as Steve you would have burned about 1000 calories. Once we get our photo sharing situation resolved we’ll post some photos. Please go ahead and add your photos to our DropBox account via the ‘Members Only’ page. You can go here to see a map of our route (You’ll notice the couple of detours that Steve took, including when he chased his runaway pole down a slope).
The whole group made a great day even better.
Jennie and Steve
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).
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 email@example.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
Sunday October 14 – Sauk 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.
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
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.
P.S. The hot shower sure felt good afterwards
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll likely stop at Birdsview for beverages after the hike. Lets all hope for some decent skies on November 3! Mike Davis
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
Friday November 9 – Meg Bushnell TBD
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