April 11 – Wednesday: Ebey’s Landing Hike – Trip Leader: Lori Stelter. Meet at REI parking lot to carpool, promptly leaving at 9:30 AM. Ebey’s Landing is a bluff trail near Coupeville, with fabulous views of the Cascades and Olympics. The first half of the trail is on the bluff, and then descends down to the beach, completing a loop. Elevation gain 250 feet. Total distance roughly 6 miles. This is an easy walking trail with a relatively short steeper section on sand/dirt descending to the beach. The beach is round smaller rock. Perhaps we may spot a gray whale?? It can be breezy, and there is little shade – so plan accordingly – hopefully there will be lots of sunshine! More info at: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ebeys-landing.
Bring a lunch. Perhaps an ice cream stop in Coupeville afterwards. We will begin our hike at the Prairie Overlook Trailhead (across from Sunnyside Cemetery – off of Sherman Road – free parking). For anyone wanting to meet at the trailhead: Please RSVP so we don’t take off without you.Please be ready to hike by 11 AM if you meet us there. Contact Lori with any questions. 360-223-8637
April 15 – Sunday: Rock Trail-South Lost Lake-Double Diamond Loop Hike – Approx 6 miles with steep down and up on the ends. We will begin the hike at Cyrus Gates Overlook (top of Cleator Rd) at 1 PM, hike 1200’ and 100+ steps down the steep Rock Trail, meet up with the South Lost Lake trail and follow it around to the junction of Double Diamond, where we will climb back up to the overlook, watching carefully for mountain bikers. Discover Pass Required for trailhead parking. Because there’s no convenient place for a group to stop and eat, this will be an afternoon hike, perhaps followed by a brew pub visit for those so inclined. Those wishing to carpool up to the overlook, which has limited parking, meet in FAIRHAVEN PARK at 12:30. Have an early lunch and join us there. For more information, email Pam email@example.com
April 19 – BICYCLE THURSDAY & SPRING SOCIAL– Spring Social will be at Chuckanut Brewery April 19, Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Buy your own meals and beverages. Come for fun and to talk about our July camping trip! Please bring significant others and any friends who might want to know more about MBC – we would like to see our membership grow! Think about a trip you might want to lead this summer or fall and we will have a planning calendar on hand. Chuckanut is providing us with their group space, which has outdoor heaters and is quite comfortable. Let’s fill it up with hikers and cyclists!! Organizer: Laura Boynton
Apr 21 – Saturday: Maple Grove Hike on Baker Lake –
Apr 22 – Sunday: Horseshoe Bend Hike – Four to six miles depending on trail conditions.
Not many trails bring you to the edge of the rough and tumble Nooksack River. This will be a relatively easy stroll, with short bursts of uphill on a possibly muddy path. I want to stop briefly here and there along the way to enjoy the beauty of the river and moss covered trees. (After all, it is Earth Day) If you are in a hurry, better to do this yourself on another day. Those wanting to carpool should plan to leave the Safeway Parking on Sunset Dr at 9:00 (park in the center of the big lot away from store entrances) $5 suggested ride share. The leader will meet at the trail head at 10:15-10:30 to allow for a pit stop in Glacier for those who want it. For those members hesitant to drive up a forest road, this is a good opportunity to step up and be a driver. Your Aunt Betty’s ’65 Buick would have no trouble getting to this trail head. The parking area is adjacent to the Hwy, just across a river bridge right after mile 35 (opposite the Douglas Fir campground). The WTA says a Northwest Forest Pass is required. Bring food and water, and think about hiking poles. Rain or shine – we are the Mount Baker Club!
Apr 29 – Sunday: Mt. Erie and Sugar Loaf Mountain HIke – Trip Leader: Mike Davis
Hike to Mt Erie via Sugarloaf and Whistle Lake: Join us for a day along Puget Sound hiking the famed Mt Erie. Total distance will be approx 8 miles with an 1100 ft gain. Spectacular views at the top, weather-permitting. Let’s meet at REI at 8:30, Chuckanut Park and Ride @ 9am, or the trailhead at Whistle Lake at 9:30am. No parking pass requirements in Anacortes. Bring a lunch and water. Questions ask Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1 – N. Chuckanut to Fragrance Lake Afternoon Bike/Hike – Trip Leader: Beatrice Degen. Bring your hybrid bikes to the North Chuckanut Parking lot on Chuckanut Drive at 1 pm . We leave at 1;15pm and bike on the interurban trail to Fragrance Lake trail head – about 3 .5 miles one way. We will park our bikes there and hike to Fragrance lake and back – 4.5 miles , elevation 1099 feet and return with the bike to the North Chuckanut Trail head on the interurban trail.. Let’s celebrate Mayday with a refreshing drink in Fairhaven at the Stones Throw Brewery. Bring plenty of water and a snack . Contact Beatrice Degen at email@example.com for questions.
May 2 – Wednesday: Stimpson Nature Reserve Hike – Trip Leader: Lori Stelter. Meet at REI Sehome Village parking lot to carpool, leaving promptly at 10:00 AM. The nature reserve is a local pleasure, 300 foot elevation gain, roughly 5 miles RT. More info: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ stimpson-nature-reserve. Bring a snack/lunch. If you wish to meet us at the trailhead on Lake Louise Road, please be there around 10:15 AM.
May 5 – Saturday: Wallace Falls Hike – Trip Leader: Libby Olsen.
Wallace Falls, Central Cascades — Stevens Pass – West, home of the spectacular 9 waterfalls. Let’s carpool up, it’s a good 1:45 from REI to get to Wallace Falls. Approximate 5.6 miles total, we’ll climb 1300’ of elevation. As it’s a long trip and quite popular, we’ll plan on leaving REI at 7am with another stop at Chuckanut Park and Ride at 7:30am. If you decide to drive, know that you’ll need a Discover Pass to park. Bring a lunch and water. Very likely a stop on the drive North for beverages and a bite at the Conway Pub & Eatery. Questions contact Libby Olsen at firstname.lastname@example.org