BB #10 – Berthusen Half & Half. 22 or 28 miles.
BB #9 Jim’s Therapy Hills 17 miles. Jim liked to ride this loop during his lunch hour, he must have been a blur to any bystanders. It’s a great ride, yes it is hilly but not wicked, and you’re rewarded with wonderful downhills and interesting variety of views all along the way. You probably haven’t been on some of these roads.
BB #8 – Everson to Berthusen Park Loop 26 miles.
Oh my, there were herons in many of the 100 nests right above us, what great fascination they were while we enjoyed our lunch. We had a terrific bike ride from Richmond into the heart of downtown Vancouver on a splendid weather day. Our route was well signed as we moved through various environments: residential, shoreline, shopping, industrial, community gardens, and neighborhood parks. Crossing the Fraser River and Burrard Bridge was impressively simple and safe. We had only 4 blocks to the train station with no provision for bikes but the sidewalk was generous enough.
In the very quiet heart of the city we visited the charming, old fashioned Barclay Heritage Park surrounded by 9 historic wood turn-of-the-century homes including a museum and neighborhood senior centre. Skytrain was 15 minutes to Richmond plus 1 1/2 mile pedal back to our cars. 18.6 miles. A good time was had by all.
Nine came to ride but 2 got pulled aside at the border for being in the NEXUS lane without NEXUS passes. Oops, they’d just followed another MBC car to the border without realizing their error. We were able to all meet up with them at the heron colony.
A few said they’d wished to have been a bit warmer at the beginning before the sun and the pedaling stoked us. Any cheap nylon jacket or pull-over will act as a wind-breaker, holding in more warm air for whatever layers you dressed in. Janet bookbi…@gmail.com
Our first Bike Thursday ride for the year turned out to be great, there was no rain or wind and nine riders enjoyed a 20.6 mile loop out of Everson, all paved with very low traffic. We were all glad to be back riding again. There are wide country views out here that become particularly wonderful when you head up past Alm Hill and see Canada’s long wide stretch of Cascadian mountains. Three strong riders opted for an additional 2 very hilly miles up and over South and North Pass Roads just to work off a little extra enthusiasm. A good time was had by all.
March 7, 2020
Eight of us met at Barkley village, including one slightly intimidated newby. After sorting out the carpools we headed down the road, first stop Wake-n-Bake in Glacier for Coffee and a treat. It was a busy place this Saturday morning but we got through without too much delay. We arrived at the White Salmon Lodge parking lot with glorious sun shining but Shuksan was hiding in the clouds. The parking lot plows had done their magic and totally obliterated the access down to the Lodge Trail as usual. I managed to pick a pretty good route down through the rubble and we all made it safely. The lodge trail was completely covered with about 12 inches of new snow so we took turns leading and breaking trail. This was a new experience for some. When we reached the White Salmon road at the noze we found it well tracked but not groomed. From there on we started meeting others who, apparently with a much earlier start than us, were coming back from the Knob. By the time we reached the Knob it was almost 1:00 and we were overdue for lunch. The Camp robbers were overjoyed to see us, and they especially liked Saed who became fast friends with about four of them. The trip back was enjoyable as we took two shortcuts, the Connector and Pete’s. It was a very nice day in the snow. Oh, and the newby did just great and is welcome back anytime. Total distance about 3.5 miles. Photos on the Mt Baker Club Flickr album page.
Razor Hone Snowshoe Bagley Lakes Hike
We were supposed to snowshoe at Razor Hone, but there wasn’t enough snow. So we drove a few more miles up the mountain and hiked in the snow around Heather Meadows and Bagley Lakes. The temps started in the mid 30’s and was 41 when we finished. We had it all. Sunshine, rain, sleet and snow. But since we were dressed for it, we were actually very comfortable. We set out just ahead of a van load of REI students on a beginning hiking class but otherwise had the beautiful mountains all to ourselves. The footing was generally good with a few spots near streams and waterfalls covered in ice that were a little treacherous. Photos can be viewed here.
Winter wonderland bathed in sunshine at 2500 ft on the extension of the Whatcom Lake Park Chanterelle trail. That was experienced yesterday by seven great hikers and the trip leader. This MBC hike had it all. We started in cloudy weather and the fog prevented a good view at the outlook around 10:30 am. It started snowing as we pushed on hiking the new extension of the trail and our hike turned into a wonderful winter outing and we had about 2 inches of snow when we stopped for lunch. On our way down the sun came out and rewarded our effort with pleasing sights. We even had a reasonable good view from the outlook when we passed it on our way down. At the lower part of the trail we had to brave the muddy trail before we returned to the parking lot at 2:30. Some photos are posted on the MBC Flicker Album page. Thanks to all the participants for a great hiking start in 2020. Happy New Year, Fritz
Eleven of some of the best looking, most intelligent members of the MBC set off for the Boundary Way Hike. We started with a detour via Everson to avoid the Mount Baker Highway construction. The Forest Service road to the trailhead didn’t seem much worse from Owen’s hike, but it certainly didn’t get any better either. The rain had turned the potholes into puddles which made them easier to spot, but also hid how deep they were. Fortunately, no problems were encountered.
We started the hike in the clouds and had on again/off again mist for the rest of the day. It was all very pleasant to hike in. Mukter was the designated sponge that lead and soaked up all the moisture from the brush along the trail. There were some mushrooms sprouting from the recent rains and we all commented about the large size of the King Bollet mushrooms. Although the wild flowers were well past their prime, there was still a good show. We were also treated to a ground squirrel, grouse and pika. We ate lunch near the top of Cowap Peak, but did not traverse the chasm to reach the true summit due to the slippery rocks. We didn’t get to be our age by being dumb!
Thanks to the drivers and all who participated in the hike. Photos from the hike can be seen on the MBC Flickr Album page.
Jennie and Steve