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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Hike: Orcas Island (All day)

WED. – JUNE 4 – ORCAS ISLAND. 
This is a hike of 8 or more miles, with up to a 1,600 foot elevation gain. Several hike options will be available in Moran State Park. Return on the 5:15 p.m. ferry or the later 7:50 p.m. ferry, if you wish to have dinner in Eastsound. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the March Point Park-n-Ride. (At the stop light at the intersection of HWY 20 and the Christianson and March Point Roads, turn RIGHT and then an immediate RIGHT turn onto the frontage road and soon turn LEFT into the Park-n-Ride.)
We will take the 7:35 a.m. sailing from Anacortes to Orcas Island. No “ferry walk-ons” as we will need cars on the island. Ferry fare is required. A Washington State Discover Pass is required to park in Moran State Park!

National Trails Day (All day)

SAT. – JUNE  7 – NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

Celebrate trails!  Go for a hike or walk with family and/or friends. SWITMO (Skagit, Island, Whatcom Trail Maintenance Org.) will sponsor trail work at Deception Pass State Park. Contact Joan Melcher for details if interested. contact Joan Melcher 360-424-0407 or at  jdmelcher@comcast.net

WILDERNESS HIKE 2 (All day)

WILDERNESS HIKES:    The information on the various wilderness hikes is too lengthy to print here.  For information or other questions contact Joan Melcher 360-424-0407 or at  jdmelcher@comcast.net.

MAPLE PASS LOOP (All day)

Here is one of Ira Spring’s and Harvey Manning’s “100 Classic Hikes in Washington.” This 7.5 mile loop has a 2000 ft. elevation gain. Meet at 7:30 a.m. on the east side of the Sedro-Woolley Food Pavilion parking lot. Return to trailhead at 3:30 p.m.  Northwest Forest Pass Parking Permit required.

WILDERNESS HIKE 3 (All day)

WILDERNESS HIKES:    The information on the various wilderness hikes is too lengthy to print here.  For information or other questions contact Joan Melcher 360-424-0407 or at  jdmelcher@comcast.net.

RAILROAD GRADE (All day)

Hike to and up a moraine on the south side of Mount Baker.   Great views if the weather is good.     6 to 8 miles round trip, 1900 to 2100 ft el gain.  Significant streams to cross by rock hopping or wading if temporary bridge is not in place.  Meet at 7:30 am at the Sedro-Woolley Food Pavilion parking lot.  4 pm return to trailhead.
Northwest Forest Pass Parking Permit required.

IRON GOAT TRAIL (All day)

This trail, on the old Great Northern route, connects Wellington and Scenic. There are different starting and ending point options. Shuttle cars if needed. If you hike uphill between Scenic and Wellington, there is a 1,000 foot elevation gain. It is 5 to 10 miles depending on the route taken. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Mt. Vernon Safeway. Flashlights are recommended if you wish to walk through the Windy Point tunnel. Seattle/Snohomish County/Camano Island hikers can meet the group at the Skykomish Ranger Station, located a few miles east of Skykomish on Highway 2 at 9 a.m.
At 3 p.m. return to Scenic.
A Northwest Forest Pass for parking is required.

BAKER LAKE FROM THE NORTH DOWN TO NOISY CREEK (All day)

Hike over the Baker River Bridge, the  Blum Creek Bridge, and along the northern section of the Baker Lake Trail to Noisy Creek and back. It is 9.2 miles round trip with a slight elevation gain. Meet at 8 a.m. on the east side of the parking lot at the Sedro-Woolley Food Pavilion. At 3 p.m. return to trailhead.
A Northwest Forest Pass for parking is required.

RUBY ARM and/or RUBY CREEK (All day)

For both hikes, meet at 7:30 a.m. on the east side of the Sedro-Woolley Food Pavilion parking lot. No parking permit is required. There are two different return times. Carpool accordingly. Return time is 2 p.m. for those who do shorter hikes; 3:30 p.m. for those who go longer distances.   
I.   RUBY ARM:   Hike on the East Bank of Ross Lake Trail over a carpet and under a canopy of fall leaves. Kick leaves to your heart’s content. Hike to either Ruby Arm, Hidden Hand Pass, or part way up Little Jack Trail. The round trip is 7 to 8 miles.    
II.  RUBY CREEK TRAIL:  Hike the beautiful Ruby Creek trail from Panther Creek to Canyon Creek and back. The round trip is 7 miles with a 650 foot total elevation gain.

NORTH CHUCKANUT MOUNTAIN (All day)

Hike trails on the northwest side of Chuckanut Mountain. The main hike is a loop hike of 8.7 miles. There are options for shorter hikes as well as side trips. The outbound loop consists of parts of the Interurban Trail, the Hemlock Trail, the Lost Lake Trail, the Lower Salal Trail (Hush-Hush), and all of  the Raptor Ridge Trail. The return consists of the Hemlock and Interurban Trails. There is up to a 1,700 foot elevation gain. Meet at 9 a.m. at the North Chuckanut Parking Lot located on the east side of Chuckanut Drive between the Old Samish Highway and California Street. This is about at milepost 18.5. You may leave when your car-load has returned.

EAST SHORE LAKE WHATCOM or STEWART MOUNTAIN (All day)

1.  The East Shore of the Lake Whatcom hike is a fairly level hike among trees beside the east shore of Lake Whatcom. It is a 6.25 miles round trip with little elevation gain. 

                                                                        
2.  Stewart Mountain  This hike begins in the same area as the East Shore of the Lake Whatcom hike but it goes up hill on the new Beke Trails and on the power line road. Most of this hike is on trail. It is 5 miles round trip.
For both hikes, meet at 9 a.m. at the Chuckanut Drive park-n-ride lot. This lot is in Burlington on the east side of I-5, off Exit 231 of I-5. Car pool according to which of the two hikes you plan to do. You may leave when all in your car are safely back to the trailhead.

CENTENNIAL TRAIL (All day)

Hike as many miles as you wish on the Centennial Trail in northern Snohomish County. We will begin at Bryant.  Some may wish to walk south to Arlington and back.  Others may wish to walk north to the Nakashima Barn and back.  It is approximately an 8 mile round trip for either walk. From I-5 take Exit 212, the Stanwood-Bryant exit. Go EAST on State Route 532 to Bryant.   Find a parking spot at Bryant. Meet there at 9 a.m. You are free to leave when you return to the trailhead.

PADILLA BAY SHORE TRAIL (All day)

Take some time out from a busy pre-Christmas week and spend the morning walking from the Breazeale Nature Center south along the Padilla Bay dike and back, an easy 6.7 miles. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Breazeale Nature Center in Bayview. Leave when you return to your car.

Christmas Bird Count: Padilla Bay (All day)

The annual Padilla Bay Christmas Bird Count takes place this year on Saturday, December 27. Volunteers are needed to help with this valuable –
and fun – endeavor. Some teams start before dawn to count owls, while others brave the elements from first light to dusk.  Christmas Count data collected by citizen scientists over more than a century document bird population trends over time. Plan to spend the day birding, and then – as a bonus – enjoy a potluck dinner and good company at the Padilla  Bay Interpretive Center. After dinner we tally the day's observations, and swap fun stories (some of them true!). To participate and for details regarding times, places, and area assignments, please contact:
Tim Manns  bctm@fidalgo.net or 360-336-8753 no later than Dec. 21

DUGUALLA STATE PARK (All day)

The East Shore of Lake Whatcom Hike is fairly level. You walk among trees bordering the lake shore. It is 6.25 miles round trip, with very little elevation gain.  Meet at 9 a.m. at the new Chuckanut Drive Park-n-Ride. This lot is on the east side of I-5, off Exit 231 of I-5.  Your carload may leave when you return to the trailhead. 

INTERURBAN TRAIL (All day)

Walk off some of those holiday pounds on the Interurban Trail ~ several options are available. There are up to 14 or more  miles with a slight elevation gain.  Meet at 9 a.m. at the Lost Lake Trailhead parking lot, (formerly known as the Clayton Beach Parking lot) at the south end of Larrabee State Park on Chuckanut Drive.  Return time depends on the hike option you select. 

A Washington State Discover Pass is required for your vehicle.

“Wings Over Water" Northwest Birding Festival Blaine Middle School Cafeteria 975 H St., Blaine, WA (All day)

Join this annual event held in one of the Pacific Northwest's premier bird viewing areas. Originally known as the Washington Brant Festival, this festival focuses on the thousands of Brant geese and other birds that visit the shores of Blaine and Birch Bay on their annual migration. At 5 p.m. there will be a talk by Paul Bannick on woodpeckers. There are many other great speakers throughout the weekend and North Cascades Audubon is hosting many field trips and viewing opportunities. For more information on this event, please visit:   wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com

“Wings Over Water" Northwest Birding Festival Blaine Middle School Cafeteria 975 H St., Blaine, WA (All day)

Join this annual event held in one of the Pacific Northwest's premier bird viewing areas. Originally known as the Washington Brant Festival, this festival focuses on the thousands of Brant geese and other birds that visit the shores of Blaine and Birch Bay on their annual migration. At 5 p.m. there will be a talk by Paul Bannick on woodpeckers. There are many other great speakers throughout the weekend and North Cascades Audubon is hosting many field trips and viewing opportunities. For more information on this event, please visit:  wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY (All day)

Celebrate trails!  Go for a hike or walk with family and/or friends. SWITMO (Skagit, Island, Whatcom Trail Maintenance Org.) will sponsor trail work at Deception Pass State Park. Contact Joan Melcher (above) for details if interested.

ROSS LAKE, WEST SHORE (All day)

Hike down to Ross Dam and beyond along the west shore of Ross Lake as far as the Big Beaver if you wish. There are many other turn-around points. There are up to 13 miles round trip, with up to a 1,800 ft. total elevation gain. There are two return times: 4:30 p.m. for those who wish to hike to Pierce Creek or Big Beaver and 3:00 p.m. for those who turn around before. Carpooling will depend upon what return time you select. Meet at 7:30 a.m. on the east side of the Sedro-Woolley Food Pavilion parking lot.

Eagle Festival Arlington, WA Stillaguamish River 1 (All day)

The Arlington : Stillaguamish Eagle Festival is offering  numerous activities, many of them directed toward children. Included are a “Bird Identification Walk at Country Charm Park,” “Open House with Sarvey Wildlife Care Center,” “Nature Conservancy Port Susan Preserve Guided Tour,” “Hands on Arts & Crafts Activities,” “Eagle Photo Contest,” “Nature Art Contest,” “Country Carvers Chainsaw Carving Show,” “Stillaguamish Salmon Stop,” “Climate Change in the Stillaguamish,” and evening live entertainment. For more information on activity dates (Friday or Saturday) and times consult: arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest or call Arlington Parks & Recreation at 360-403-3448

If you are interested in a Friday 4 hour rafting float trip with eagle experts on the Stillaguamish River, call “North Cascades River Expeditions” at: 800-634-8433 to make reservation or go to website www.riverexpeditions.com ($60 @ person) Or for Friday & Saturday 1 ½ hour float trips, call Adventure Cascades at: 360-393-6815 for questions or to reserve your spot. www.adventurescascades.com  ($30 @ person)

 

Eagle Festival Arlington, WA Stillaguamish River 2 (All day)

The Arlington : Stillaguamish Eagle Festival is offering  numerous activities, many of them directed toward children. Included are a “Bird Identification Walk at Country Charm Park,” “Open House with Sarvey Wildlife Care Center,” “Nature Conservancy Port Susan Preserve Guided Tour,” “Hands on Arts & Crafts Activities,” “Eagle Photo Contest,” “Nature Art Contest,” “Country Carvers Chainsaw Carving Show,” “Stillaguamish Salmon Stop,” “Climate Change in the Stillaguamish,” and evening live entertainment. For more information on activity dates (Friday or Saturday) and times consult: arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest or call Arlington Parks & Recreation at 360-403-3448

If you are interested in a Friday 4 hour rafting float trip with eagle experts on the Stillaguamish River, call “North Cascades River Expeditions” at: 800-634-8433 to make reservation or go to website www.riverexpeditions.com ($60 @ person) Or for Friday & Saturday 1 ½ hour float trips, call Adventure Cascades at: 360-393-6815 for questions or to reserve your spot. www.adventurescascades.com  ($30 @ person)

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY (All day)

Celebrate trails!  Go for a hike or walk with family and/or friends. SWITMO (Skagit, Island, Whatcom Trail Maintenance Organization) will sponsor trail work at Deception Pass State Park. Contact Joan Melcher for details, if interested.

THE TURSI TRAIL (All day)

Hike the new Tursi Trail in Deception Pass State Park. This trail, which was dedicated this year on National Trails Day, connects Deception Pass State Park with the Anacortes Forest Lands and completes the long-awaited Cross Island Trail on Fidalgo Island. This hike is 5.2 miles round trip. The total elevation gain is about 400 feet. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Pass Lake Parking Lot. Try to pool rides as parking is fairly limited in this lot.

EAST SHORE LAKE WHATCOM or STEWART MOUNTAIN (All day)

1.  The East Shore of Lake Whatcom hike is a fairly level hike among trees beside the east shore of Lake Whatcom. It is 6.25 miles round trip with a 270 ft. total elevation gain.                                                                         

2.  Stewart Mountain  This hike begins in the same area as the East Shore of Lake Whatcom hike, but it goes up hill on the new Beke Trails and on the power line road. Most of the hike is on trail, rather than road. It is a 5 mile round trip.

For both hikes, meet at 9 a.m. at the Chuckanut Drive Park-n-Ride lot. This lot is in Burlington on the east side of I-5, off of Exit 231. Car pool according to which of the two hikes you plan to do.  You may leave when all in your car are safely back to the trailhead.

DECEPTION PASS AREA (All day)

Hike on trails at Sharpe Park, Rosario and Bowman Bay. They add up to 8.7 or more miles, and up to 700 or 800 ft. total elevation gain. Meet at 9 a.m. at Sharpe Park trailhead off of Rosario Road south of Anacortes. Parking is limited at Sharpe Park so please car-pool if possible. Contact Joan Melcher (see above), if you need driving directions to Sharpe Park.

A Washington State Discover Pass is required for those parking in Deception Pass State Park

 

PADILLA BAY SHORE TRAIL (All day)

Take some time out from a busy pre-Christmas week and spend the morning walking from the Breazeale Nature Center south along the Padilla Bay dike and back for an easy 6.7 mile hike. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Breazeale Nature Center in Bayview.  Leave when you return to your car.

DUGUALLA STATE PARK (All day)

Spend part of a short day-light day at Dugualla State Park, a little-known park north of Oak Harbor.  The park’s several miles of trails meander through an alder grove, a wetland area, and offer a more challenging, steeper trek to a secluded beach. Meet at Dugualla State Park at 9 a.m. To get there from the Deception Pass Bridge, drive toward Oak Harbor.  Before you get to Oak Harbor, turn left onto Sleeper Road. Continue on Sleeper Road approximately 2.6 miles until it dead-ends at a metal gate. The hike is a 3.67 mile distance of perimeter loop including a side trip to the beach. There is additional mileage if one does “interior trails,” gaining 500 ft. in elevation.

A Washington State Discover Pass is required for your vehicle.

 

Padilla Bay Christmas Bird Count 2016 (All day)

More information about this event and Christmas Counts on page 7 of the November Skagit Flyer To participate, contact Tim Manns at conservation@skagitaudubon.org or 360/336-8753

INTERURBAN TRAIL (All day)

Walk off some of those holiday pounds on the Interurban Trail. There are several options available adding up to 14 or more miles with a slight elevation gain. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Lost Lake Trailhead Parking Lot, formerly known as the Clayton Beach Parking Lot, on Chuckanut Drive at the south end of Larrabee State Park. Return time depends on hike options you select. 

A Washington State Discover Pass is required for your vehicle.

10th Annual Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival (All day)

                Saturday, February 4  Speakers, Field Trips, Classes

To Volunteer with the Field Trip: Email Libby Mills at libbymills@gmail.com

SAN JUAN ISLAND (All day)

 

Hike on trails at American Camp, Whale Watch Park/Lime Kiln State Park, and English Camp. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at March Point Park-n-Ride to pool rides UNLESS you have a full vehicle, in which case you may go directly to the ferry terminal. No ferry walk-ons as we will need cars on the island. We will take the 9:30 a.m. ferry from Anacortes, arriving in Friday Harbor at 10:35 a.m. Return ferry sailings are 4:15 p.m., 6:25 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.  

NOTE: Drivers must make a reservation for both the outbound and return ferry trips.  Therefore, each person who plans to drive should know who plans to ride with them. Drivers can notify me, if they have room for riders (Joan Melcher, see contact info above). People who wish to ride can notify me and I will put you on a waiting list. Carpool according to your return times. People staying on the island for dinner will take the 6:25 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. sailing back.

The cost of the vehicle ferry fare will be split among the riders; each person will pay their own individual ferry fare. 

 

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY (All day)

 

Celebrate trails! Go for a hike or walk with family and/or friends. SWITMO (Skagit, Island, Whatcom Trail Maintenance Organization) will sponsor trail work at Deception Pass State Park.

Contact Joan Melcher (contact information above) for details, if interested.

 

Washington Park (Sat. 2 Dec, 2017 8:30 am)

 

On this trip we will visit Anacortes shorelines including Washington Park, Ship Harbor Interpretive Center and Guemes Channel Trail.  Birds to see at these sites include loons, grebes, gulls, ducks, murrelets and many more sea and shoreline species.  Dress warmly for windy conditions.  Plan to park at the first lot on the right after entering Washington Park.  Meet in the open green space near the boat launch.  At Washington Park, plan for a .5 mile walk to West Beach, stopping along the way for both shoreline and forest birds.  Next, we will drive to the parking area at the end of Edwards Way for both the Ship Harbor and Guemes Trail walks.  There are some uneven surfaces. Spotting scopes are useful on this trip.  Contact the leaders if you plan to attend and for possible weather changes.  Leaders: Mark and Irene Perry, 931.623.2084 or irene@skagitaudubon.org.

 

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