Ebey’s Landing Hike

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

Rock Trail-South Lost Lake-Double Diamond Loop Hike

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 atpsbeason@comcast.net

Maple Grove Hike on Baker Lake

Apr 21 – Saturday: Maple Grove Hike on Baker Lake

An easy-to-moderate 8 miles round trip at the south east end of Baker Lake. Attractions may include great views of Baker and Shuksan, but if not, it’s a beautiful stretch of forest with lake views and rushing creeks. Forest pass required for trailhead parking.   We will leave from the Chuckanut Park and Ride at  8:30 for the 40-mile drive, almost all on blacktop . Let me know if you need directions: owen.bamford@gmail.com.

HOWEVER!  The forecasts for Saturday look awful, either cold and rainy or cold and snowy, depending on who you believe. Either way it’s a long way to go if conditions are miserable, so I am keeping an eye on the forecasts and may cancel unless they improve.
I will decide by Friday afternoon.

Horseshoe Bend Hike

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!

Richard   rpklemm@comcast.net

Mt. Erie and Sugar Loaf Mountain HIke

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 mikesdavis@outlook.com.

N. Chuckanut to Fragrance Lake Afternoon Bike/Hike

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 earth_worth@yahoo.com for questions.

Stimpson Nature Reserve Hike

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.

Wallace Falls Hike

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 teamvo@msn.com

Tursi Trail/Lighthouse Point Hike

May 11 – Friday:  Tursi Trail/Lighthouse Point Hike – Trip Leader: Pam Beason.  We’ll park at the Pass Lake trailhead in Deception Pass State Park at approximately 9:50 a.m. and investigate the new Tursi trail to the old mine site and then looping back to the parking lot. As this trail is quite short (about 3.2 miles), I will lead everyone who wants to extend the hike along Bowman Bay to Lighthouse Point to enjoy the views (and, I hope, sunshine), so in total, somewhere around 7 miles in Deception Pass park, with negligible altitude gains. Well behaved dogs on leash can come. Bring lunch, water, and a windbreaker.  Meet at in the REI parking lot at 8:45 a.m. to form carpools, with prompt departure time of 9 a.m. Discover Pass required.  Email psbeason@comcast.net for more information.

Lummi Ferry Ride/Bike/Hike

May 18 – Friday: Lummi Ferry Ride/Bike/Hike – Trip Leaders: Jennie & Steve. Meet at the Gooseberry Point Ferry terminal

parking lot and walk on the ferry with our bikes. Parking can be a problem, so carpool if you can. There is a $7 round trip fee for rider and bike. Please plan to arrive at the terminal by 9:45 am to take the 10:00 am ferry. Bike 2.6 miles to Baker Reserve (Lummi Point) Trail head, lock up our bikes. Take a 1.6 mile steep hike (1,000 feet elevation gain) up to rock overlook facing Orcas, Sucia and Gulf Islands and return on same trail back to bikes. Return to ferry by 2.6 mile direct route or 10 mile island exploring bide ride. Bring a packed lunch, water bottle and bike lock. More information about the ferry, including legal parking areas can be found here. Contact Jennie & Steve for more information –tosteve@mac.com.