Laura’s Birthday Escapade!

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:

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).

Camp & Hike Leavenworth

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 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

Sauk Mountain Hike

Sunday October 14Sauk 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.
Any questions, contact me ( See youi Sunday.

Baker Lake North Hike (Maybe Dock Butte/Blue Lake?)

Saturday November 3 – Baker Lake North Hike 

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  We’ll likely stop at Birdsview for beverages after the hike.  Lets all hope for some decent skies on November 3! Mike Davis 

Keep Kool Trail Hike

Friday October 5 – Keep Kool Trail – The Keep Kool Trail (#699) was begun as an old prospectors route to reach claims around the tarns below Yellow Aster Butte. Several years ago the old trail was “abandoned” by the Forest Service after the Tomyhoi Lake/Gold Run Pass/Yellow Aster Butte Trail was built. 

It starts at 2960 feet and tops out at about 5500 after 2.8 miles (5.6 miles RT). It begins gently on an abandoned logging road (with some nice views of Shuksan and Baker) and then steeply ascends gaining 1200 feet in the first mile followed by a wooded plateau at about 4000’. Then it repeats the steep-and-level grades a couple more times before it curves around to a lovely, open meadow at 4700’ with great views of the surrounding mountains before the last steep push up to the little lakes at the base of Yellow Aster Butte and Mount Tomyhoi.

George led this hike in mid June but the snow prevented them from reaching the top.  This is a strenuous hike.  Be prepared, as George stated in his trip report, to clamber over/under/through some downed trees and cope with steep inclines (hiking poles recommended).

Since this a hike into the MB Wilderness, the trip will be limited to the first ten people that send Jennie and Steve an email at  Two mile travel on gravel FS roads.  Suggested $5 carpool fee.   

Anderson & Watson Lakes with Anderson Butte Hike

July 14, 2018 – Saturday – Anderson & Watson Lakes with Anderson Butte Hike: Lets spend the day at Anderson and Watson Lakes, along with a side trip to the Anderson Butte! We’ll be hiking approximately 8 miles with an 1100’ elevation gain. Beautiful views of the lakes and Mt Baker will accompany our hike. Bring water, lunch, sunblock and bug spray.  Northwest Forest Pass is required for drivers. Lets leave the REI parking lot at 8 a.m. with a stop in Skagit County at approximately 8:30 a.m. at the Sedro Woolley Park and Ride which is a triangular area situated next to the Cook Rd roundabout between Walgreens and the Food Pavilion. Suggested $8 carpool fee for poolers from REI Questions contact Michael Davis at If you’d like to drive to the trailhead: Trailhead Co-ordinates: 48.6747, -121.6017 Good chance we’ll be stopping for beverages at the Birdsview Brewery on the way West.


Trip Report

We managed to leave the trailhead at 10:30 yesterday morning after a nearby fire nearly sent us in another direction.  Thanks to low winds and a strong effort on the part of firefighters we were able to get to the Anderson +Watson trailhead safely.

19 folks gleefully walked through a forest of large trees, up the switchbacks to the butte where the views were as clear as ever.  Next we all walked through a partial grassy partial snowy meadow and headed up and over the small rise that brought us to Watson Lakes.  Some folks swam, some explored, some socialized, and all ate lunch in the picturesque Watson Lakes valley.

At one point rumor has it that the level of group happiness in the experience became ecstasy and Richard began boldly singing ‘70’s era Barbara Streisand songs as he could no longer control himself.  Right on pitch is the consensus rumor.

The heat reminded us all to bring plenty of water on hikes now that we’re into the warm weather.

Thanks to a great group of leaders helping to keep this large group together.


Photos of the trip can be viewed here.

Elk Mountain Hike

July 20 – Friday – Elk Mountain Hike – Chilliwack, BC (rainy day alt.: Lindeman Lake) Trip Leader: Fritz Ullrich. Departure 8:00 am Sunset Square Safeway parking lot (SE corner). Carpooling encouraged with $5 gas contribution suggested (50 miles one-way).

Let’s get the passports (or NEXUS cards) and visit our neighbors in BC for a day hike on Elk Mountain. After the 1h 20 min drive we will hike uphill approximately 3.5km (1km = 0.62 miles) with an elevation gain of 800m (1m = 3.28ft). The hike is rated intermediate to hard because of partially steep slopes. Hiking poles come in handy because there are not many switchbacks to speak of. It’s for people who like uphill hikes with a rewarding view at the top. After approx. 2.5 hours hike through a beautiful forested area we will reach the top at 1,432m (4,700 ft). Looking to the south we will see the North Cascades mountain range with our namesake mountain featuring prominently. To the north we will see the BC Coast Mountains and to the west the Fraser Valley. After a relaxing brake we will continue on the Elk-Thurston trail along a scenic ridge for another hour to another outlook before we retrace our steps and hike back down. Bring water, snacks, lunch and sunscreen.

Alternative for a rainy day: Lindeman & Greendrop Lakes hike also close to Chilliwack, BC.

The drive there will be approx. 1h 40 min and the hike distance 10.4 km roundtrip (6.5 miles). Elevation gain 500 m (1,600 ft). Stunning scenery and access to two lakes. Lots of boulder field crossings.


Trip Report

Have you ever wondered what’s north of Tomyhoi Peak? Five of us have ventured out and hiked up Elk Mountain to find out. It has been a long day. Mei, Jim, Bruce, Rita, and Fritz left at 8:00 am and returned at 9:00 pm. A cool summer day was ideal for this steep hike. It was strenuous as promised with an elevation gain of 2,600 ft in 2.2 miles. On top of Elk Mountain we had lunch with a view of Chilliwack valley but the clouds still covered the mountain peaks of the North Cascades. We saw some flowers though. Tiger lilies, penstemon and sickletop lousewort were in full bloom. After lunch we pushed further to Thurston mountain. Here the clouds opened up a little more and we could see part of the Cascades and guess the contour of Mount Baker still in its cloud cover. At the way down one of us fell and Mei featured her First Aid kid and provided professional help. You see, being prepared is everything. After we returned to the US our first way in Sumas was to have dinner and a couple of beers. Wait, only our leader Fritz had a couple. He was so happy that the first trip he lead for MBC was successful with no loss to report.

Boulder Ridge Hike

July 27 – Friday – Boulder Ridge Hike – This trail is more a boot track than a trail, used primarily by climbers as an alternate climbing route for Mount Baker. Our hike will be a total of 8 miles with a final elevation at 4500’ with an elevation gain of only 1300’. But the trail is sometimes indistinct, muddy and with lots of logs and roots, plus there are stream crossings, steep sections and sheer drop offs. The road to the trailhead is very rough and high clearance vehicles are highly recommended. Because we will be going into the Mt Baker Wilderness, we will limit the group to the first 10 that sign up. Northwest Forest Pass required. Recommended car pool fee of $5.00. Email Jennie and Steve at to sign up and get additional details.


Trip Report


The gang of twelve braved the FS roads to Rainbow Ridge.  The hike was a poster child for truth in advertising: Short hike to subalpine meadows – ✓; great views – ✓; chance to see bear and goats; snow fields in summer – ✓.  A long drive on terrible, TERRIBLE, forest service gravel roads – ✓; steep trail at spots – ✓; hot and sunny – ✓; some bugs – ✓; a poor boot track of a path with roots, mud, and severely eroded tread – ✓.  Hike up to the snow on the sub-alpine ridge for lunch – ✓.

The views were just a bit diminished because of the haze in the sky, but were still worth the effort to slog up the slope.  We split up after we reached the ridge in search of shade for our lunch break.  The sound of avalanches on Baker confirmed that temperatures were climbing.  On the way back, we saw a goat off in the distance.  No, wait, that was just a patch of snow.  Darn.  On the way down, Pam made sure we didn’t step on any of the herds, in nearly biblical concentrations, of western toads.  Some finished off the hike with a trip to Birdsview for a cold one.  A great group of hikers.  Thanks to Judith and Dirk for joining us in volunteering to drive through the FS road moguls!
Photos can be found on the MBC Flickr Album page.
Jennie and Steve