Explore Everson Bike Ride

Monday, September 26, 2016  9:30am – 12:30pm

Meet at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 503 Everson Rd, Everson, WA 98247, USA (map)
A fine dike ride along the Nooksack and around farmland, looping back through Everson on the Bay To Baker Trail, 3 miles. Then we’ll hop over to the Everson Auction Barn for an old fashioned livestock auction. On Mondays, the auction is all about miscellaneous livestock that hobby farmers and 4H projects would like: pigs, sheep, goats, geese, ducks, and maybe an ostrich or llama. The stage is small with only a few bleachers on two walls, up close and personal. The café has long standing fame for it’s burgers and home made pie, strictly standing room only during lunch time. Everson Auction Barn was originally a 2 room schoolhouse from the turn of the century, and much of it remains. The auction starts at 12:30 and if we time it right, we could find café seating and eat before it begins. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Everson’s Mormon church parking lot – north side please. This is only a few hundred feet before Everson’s bridge and is next to the B2B trail. You’ll see the standard white steeple and red brick building as you approach the bridge coming north from the Pole Road.

Central Valley Corridor and BC Parkway, Vancouver

Thursday, September 15

Another NEW BC ride. We plan to combine 2 trails into a loop of about 18 miles. Both are city neighborhood greenbelt pathways that follow transportation corridors and string several city parks along the way. There’s artwork and wall murals along much of the way and plenty of coffee choices. The west end reaches the city’s Seawall, another popular MBC ride. It really is quite amazing to explore Vancouver’s bicycle network, particularly those rides on pathways off road or with some dedicated bike lanes. I’ll post more information on this ride as we get closer to the date. If we are a small group, it is possible to Sky Train ourselves with bikes one way, and that’s a unique round trip experience. Bring a few dollars in Canadian money in case we Sky Train (no US), and for parking, you can’t always count on credit or debit cards. Meet 8 a.m. Edaleen Dairy on the Guide, park in their gravel lot. BYO food. Please try to carpool, driving maps are provided but we always fear for a lost car getting to a trailhead and no one uses a cell phone in Canada. This is big city driving to a parking lot. One bridge will be crossed to get to our trailhead (modest fee). Passports.

Vancouver Bridge to Bridge Loop

Thursday, September 8

A NEW BC ride and not for the faint of heart. This is an amazing urban ride circling the harbour and crossing 2 major bridges. We are on bicycle paths much of the time and bike lanes the rest with no big traffic roads. We climb up those bridges and down the other sides, so we fly down through the center of Stanley Park (protected sidewalk), otherwise the trail is flat. Much is city parks, waterfront, some industrial, some changing neighborhood but all bicycle mapped and signed. We’ll travel stop and go for mapping and traffic lights. Coffee is everywhere. BYOL or eat at Lonsdale Quay. 8 miles. You’ll see new places and parks and be impressed with Vancouver’s ever expanding network of bike trails. We’ll pass North Van’s MEC store….(Canada’s version of REI). There’s more to see and do than we’ll have time for. Terrific views abound, bring your camera. Meet 8 a.m. at Edaleen Dairy on the Guide, park in their gravel lot. Please try to carpool, driving maps are provided but we al- ways fear for a lost car getting to a trailhead and no one uses a cell phone in Canada. This is big city driving to a water- front park parking area. One bridge will be crossed to get to our trailhead (modest fee) but at least the kids have gone back to school and summer traffic has slowed down. Passports.

Boundary Bay, BC

Thursday, September 1

Twelve flat hard pack gravel miles around the bay to a sweet little coffee shop near the Pt Roberts border line. Stellar views, 24 miles round trip. Meet 8:30 a.m. WECU in Blaine on H St., park next to but not in WECU’s lot. BYOL, sunscreen, passports. No tunnel or bridge required.

Dock Butte / Blue Lake Trail Hike

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Two destinations, one hike. Or you can just pick one. Dock Butte is only 3.5 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 1300′, but is rated moderate because the last section to the butte is really steep. On the other hand, the 360-degree view of Baker, Shuksan, and an endless array of lesser peaks is fantastic and well worth the effort. Blue Lake is an easy 1.5 mile side trip off the Dock Butte trail. The lake is a clear blue-green, backed by dramatic cliffs. Blueberries are not guaranteed, but are possible. Meet at Sunnyland Elementary School parking lot to carpool and leave at 8:00am, or meet at the Baker Lake Road turnoff from SR 20 about 9:00am. For further information contact Owen Bamford (owen.bamford@gmail.com, or call 360-393-3481 and leave a message).

Table Mountain Hike

Friday, September 2, 2016

Short but steep and exposed, this hike branches off from the Chain Lakes trail almost at the Artists Point parking lot and switchbacks up to a plateau with fine views of Baker, Shuksan, border peaks, and on and on. Only 3 miles round trip and 500′ change in elevation, this is really a half-day hike, so let’s make an early start and avoid the crowds. The hike will be canceled if rain is forecast. Meet in the SE corner of the Safeway parking lot (closest to the Orleans-Sunset intersection) to carpool and leave by 8. For further information contact Owen Bamford (owen.bamford@gmail.com, or call 360-393-3481 and leave a message).

Skagit Flats, Conway > near LaConner > Mt Vernon

Thursday, August 25

Nine AM at the Anacortes March Point Park and Ride and Moka Joe’s across the street.  The Park and Ride address is 

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Disclaimer.  This isn’t as impeccably planned as Janet always does.  I’ve ridden almost all of this in different rides, but not the river piece up to Conway.  Janet suggested this route, so holy water has been sprinkled on it, and it’s pretty straightforward.  Weather forecast for next 10 days is clear, sunny and into the 70s daily.  Hope to see you Thursday

Sauk Mountain Hike

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sauk Mountain sits above the confluence of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers, with spectacular 360 degree panorama views of the surrounding valleys, rivers, and mountains. 2.8 miles each way, 1100 foot gain total. Whatcom County folks can meet at REI at 8am to arrange rides, then meet again at 8:45 at the intersection of Cook Rd and Hwy 99 Park & Ride area for another meet up with the Skagit Valley-ites. For those who are not in a hurry to get home I will be hosting a BBQ and brews on the banks of the Skagit River in Concrete. Suggested carpool fee of $5, with a suggested fee for dinner of $10. As we will need to get a head count for the BBQ please contact Mike at mikesdavis@outlook.com or 708.302.9177 no later than Thursday, August 25.

Excelsior Pass Hike

Cancelled Due to Road Closure

Sunday June 26, Excelsior Pass via Damfino Lakes- Meet at the Safeway parking lot to carpool at 8. We can pick clubbers along the highway. (I will check out the travel times and locations that will be good meet up places). The mileage from 542 at Canyon Creek road is about 16 miles to the trail head. The road is mostly unpaved, narrow and potholed. The hike itself is 5.6 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1500 feet and includes old growth forest, open meadows, swamps, ponds and views of Excelsior Pass. We will cap off the adventure with a stop at North Fork Brewery. Rene Pratt, thechariot58@gmail.com.
When
Sun Jun 26, 2016
Where
TBD (map)

Fossil Hike (Racehorse Creek)

fossilSaturday June 11, Racehorse Creek Fossil Hike- In January, 2009, a giant landslide occurred in the Mount Baker foothills east of Deming. This slide exposed sandstone beds that contain a diverse variety of 50 million year old fossils. This hike will provide a close-up view of the slide, but the real purpose is to look at fossils. The leader, George Mustoe, is the paleontologist who first described these fossils. Hike is short but arduous, gaining about 600 feet in approx one mile. A visit to Racehorse Falls will also be part of this outing. High clearance vehicles and carpooling recommended. Depart Sunnyland School at 9:30 AM. Party size limit is 15. If you want to reserve a spot, please email me at mustoeg@wwu.edu, or call me at 734-3711.
When
Sat Jun 11, 2016
Where
Sunnyland Elementary School, 2800 James St, Bellingham, WA 98225, United States (map)

Trip Report

WOW!
What a great hike today, led by George Mustoe. George took us up Mosquito Lake Rd to the site of an old land slide that occurred back in 2009 near Racehorse Falls. We were not disappointed in the number and types of fossils we found, and the geological history George provided helped put it all in perspective. It allowed us to appreciate what we might have otherwise simply stepped over.
I think George has raised the bar for MBC hike leaders, as it’s hard to imagine a better hike than we had today–a little challenging terrain, great views, good weather, and many learnable moments.
Thank you, George, for giving us the opportunity to share in some of your knowledge! You may be retired from teaching, but you are certainly still helping people to learn, and in the most fun way possible.