Did we deserve this? Seven of us basked in the sun, looking over Cedar Lake enjoying our lunch break and some of us pondering this question. Of course we did, we took the chance to hike despite the questionable weather forecast and to our surprise the weather turned out quite nice. We started at 10:05 am and returned to the parking lot at 1:15 pm for the 5.2 miles and 1800 ft elevation difference. Beautiful bleeding hearts, trilliums, yellow violets, and Siberian spring beauties lined our trails. All of us were happy to be out there and we are looking forward to the next wonderful hike.
Photos on MBC Flickr Album Page.
An even half dozen set out at noon to have a first hand look at the flood damage to the trail. Before getting far, we encountered Club Prez Margaret leading a WTA team beginning the massive task of repairing and rerouting sections damaged last November. (Thank you for taking your lunch time to explain repair plans and techniques)
Everyone was content to saunter our way, examining flowers, mushrooms, wood pecker holes, downed trees, and the altered riverbed. The worst damage is in the first half mile or so, but additional evidence of the river’s power was visible further on with massive slides down 100 foot banks. Some, leaving tall trees in jeopardy of toppling in the next windstorm.
Once we reached the water’s edge after a 1.7 mile hike, some snacked and others lunched. All rested in the sun. The pace on the return was more MBC-like, finishing in 65 minutes vs the two hours going in. The in and out sun was mostly in by then, as the cloud cover moved overhead.
Photos of the River’s new look are on Flickr.
Wednesday April 27, 2022
Ten of us met at Fairhaven Park for an afternoon hike in the 100 Acre Woods. I had promised 5 miles of hiking, some tree Gnomes, a really nice pond and not much elevation gain. I think most of the hikers would say I delivered on three out of four. We did hike 5 miles, the Gnomes were interesting (see the photos), and the pond was really nice. As for the elevation gain that is more a matter of opinion. The starting elevation was 90 feet and the highest point reached was 290 feet but we did range up and down between those extremes several times. We had a pleasant stop at Hoag’s Pond where we got to watch some very young ducks skitter around presumably looking for their mother. The weather cooperated wonderfully, we had dappled sunlight filtering through the trees for the whole time. It was a surprising workout for an in-town afternoon hike. We had a very enjoyable group to hike with.
Photos on the MBC Flickr Album Page.
Ten brave cyclists left Point Whitehorn parking area under stormy looking skies to do an 18.2 mile loop. We wandered through the perimeter of the refinery near Ferndale on gated roads, ending up riding along Kickerville to Mountain View and Lake Terrell Road. Lake Terrell was the perfect halfway point for a break before returning to Point Whitehorn along a different route. The final stretch , the abandoned road on which we started out, made for a dramatic tour through the countryside. A handful of us chose to walk the trail down to Pt. Whitehorn beach after the ride for an additional two miles of exercise. The Bleeding Hearts were abundant all along the trail and the beach was beautiful, as usual. As we left the parking lot post-ride a light rain had begun.
Twelve enthusiastic two-legged hikers and one four-legged one set off for Samish Overlook on the Lily Lake Trail and then zagged left to the overlook instead of heading for Lily Lake. Two of our party needed to turn back early due to a scheduling conflict, but ten of us made it to the Overlook, which was surprisingly uncrowded on such a nice spring day. The sky remained overcast, but the air was reasonably warm and we enjoyed our lunches and the view of the islands and surrounding peninsulas and Olympic mountains before heading back down the trail. We shared the trail with only a handful of human hikers and dogs and three horses. It was a nice gentle hike with a good group of friends. Thank you to everyone who joined me.
Photos on the MBC Flickr Album Page.
Nine of us met as planned at the Trailhead. We had two new people that I had never hiked with before so that was nice. I was quickly embarrassed by one of our members as I contorted my body through a hole in a fence while he noticed the gate next to me was not locked and easily opened. I have crawled through that fence 4-5 times recently and never noticed the gate right beside. Oh well. The first mile and a half of this hike is a gravel road with a relentless upgrade. After that the tread deteriorates into a single track trail that passes through many types of forest. Some are old clearcuts that were never replanted, some are very old cuts that have regrown with some pretty impressive sized trees. It was fun to notice different stages of growth. Eventually we popped out on the viewpoint. The hoped for blue sky didn’t materialize but most of the clouds/fog had lifted enough so we could see down to Lake Whatcom and Bellingham Bay. The lack of wind made it reasonable to linger at the viewpoint and have a snack. The trip down the hill went quickly although the wet trails made footing a little tricky at times. It was a great almost 5 mile hike with a great group.
Six of us met up at the White Salmon Lodge Parking Lot on a bright, sunny, and warm morning for the second trip to “The Knob” in 2022. We looked over the edge to check out the condition of the Lodge trail and were dismayed to note the very hard, rough, and steep snow slope down to the trail. It’s only about 100 feet down to the trail. The icy conditions made it pretty intimidating. I looked around for an alternative and found a place where the steepest part was only about 20 feet, so we all agreed to give that a try. That put us down in the woods a little ways from the trail so we then needed to wander in the woods to get to the trail. This turned out to be a pleasant part of the trip. The rest of the 2.5 miles out to the knob was very nice. Did I mention the weather was gorgeous? We saw no one else so had the trails to ourselves. The White salmon road had been groomed so it was easy to walk three abreast. The last climb up to the knob got to be a slog as most of us were more than ready for lunch. When we got to the knob, we met two others just leaving. They left us the pesky Camp Robbers, so we had to be pretty careful with our food or they stole it right out of our hands. We had lunch on the usual embankment facing Mt. Shuksan in all its glory. Most of us didn’t even need to put on our coats it was so warm. On the way back we took the connector shortcut up to the nose. The path was a little obscure because the hard snow doesn’t leave much of a track to follow, but it is well signed, and we didn’t have any real problems. When we got to the nose, we heard a group coming down the Lodge trail and it turned out to be some Mount Baker Club friends, Sherry and Dick with others. It was fun meeting and catching up with them. We then went back on the White Salmon Road until we found Pete’s Shortcut which took us back up to the Lodge trail. Kim took off up that trail like it was a race. She made me feel bad when I couldn’t catch her. The rest of the trip back was uneventful including the final push up the icy slope to the parking lot. What a glorious day in the snow and sun.
I have posted some photos to the website so they should be viewable soon.
A group of 7 hikers met at the trailhead at 1:00 Sunday. We spent the afternoon hiking 4 miles on a loop hike in the Agate Bay Preserve. The first part of the trail climbs a hill, so that got us warmed up. We saw some folks walking dogs and noticed the plants budding throughout the forest. There were some logs over parts of the trail and some small creek crossings. A really nice trail through the forest and a good workout for everyone. We stopped a few times to rest, have a snack and take a drink and then continued on.
Thanks to everyone that participated and made for a fun afternoon. It started to rain after we got in our cars on the way home.
Photos are posted to Flicker.
Who knew there were seven MBC members silly enough to be out in this lousy weather today? We didn’t think we’d do the hike because it was so windy at our house. But the trail was on the leeward side of Chuckanut Mountain and the wind was pretty light for almost all of the hike. We got some drizzle and a little light rain at the beginning and end of the hike, otherwise it was dry. And there was no major problem with the short muddy scramble. The area near the falls was windier however. As we were finishing our brownies and pumpkin scones (thanks Owen and Jennie), Penny pointed up at the tops of the trees swaying. Having noticed Penny’s gesture, the wind gods decided to take down a few branches. We beat a hasty retreat until we were again on the quiet part of the trail. Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable little Thanksgiving morning hike.
Photos have been posted to the MBC Album Page.
Jennie and Steve
On Tuesday morning seven members were joined by Abby and Hank (Representatives of the Whatcom Land Trust) to explore Fenton Preserve. We were told about the history of the Preserve and Whatcom Land Trust. We walked on several trails. Unsuccessfully sought salmon in Haynie Creek. Last week’s floods scoured the creek bed with no salmon evident. Lots of fungi. An eagle aerie viewing led to talk about when and if they will return.
Hank was especially helpful as he has been a Steward at the preserve for years full of knowledge. We returned to our cars around noon very thankful to have had such a beautiful morning. One eagle flew overhead to add to our enjoyment. Every time I have been on a MBC outing the collected knowledge of the group is so impressive as well as the various interests exchanged while sharing stories. Photos can be viewed on the MBC Flickr Album Page.
Dennis and Judy Doyle