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Mount Baker Club
P.O. Box 73
Bellingham, WA
98227


Mount Baker Club -
The founding fathers of the Ski to Sea Race

 
 
 
ACTIVITIES
HIKE     BIKE     KAYAK     CANOE     and MORE...
  The "new" 10 Essentials


Want to lead a hike or other outing?
Come to the Outings Committee meeting or write up your proposal and get it to the Eric Rolfs, Outing Chair at
eric@bigrockexcursions.com
Outing/Hike Leader Forms: Click here for information on outing/hike reports.

Short Notice Outings -
If you're planning an outing with only a few days notice, and want to go with others, use the Short Notice Outings Email ListServ


Current hikes, bike, canoe, kayak, campouts, and backpack trips are listed in the Friday Bellingham Herald.
Full details of times, meeting locations, who to call, type of hike (easy, moderate, strenuous) can be found in each issue of the newsletter, The Rambler.  Join today to get your copy mailed to you.

Call event leader for meeting time and location.

IMPORTANT: Note to new members and community folks who join us: When it is posted that we meet at Sunnyland Elementary School, go to the largest of the parking lots at the corner of James and Maryland were the traffic light is located. (MAP)

Current Trail Conditions
Washington Trails Association Hiking Guide http://www.wta.org/hp/go-hiking/hikes
US Forest Service Current Conditions: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mbs 

  WINTER  2016 ACTIVITIES

JANUARY
Saturday January 2 - Fir Island Farm Reserve Dike Hike: Start the new year with a hearty country brunch at Rexville Grocery and a walk along the dike on Fir Island to view snow geese! So we can get a head count for the restau- rant, please contact Carol by Dec 28th at 360.714.8650 or wildiscalling@gmail.com and to obtain carpool meeting time and location. Rexville Grocery & Cafe is located at 19271 Best Rd Mt. Vernon, WA 98273. A Discover Pass is required for parking at the Reserve located off Fir Island Road. Outing may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Monday January 4, 2016 - Heather Meadows Snowshoeing:  This will be a moderate snowshoe outing in the Mt. Baker area, either the snowshoe trails or the upper slopes area depending on weather/snow conditions. Four to six miles round
trip. We will leave promptly at 8:00 am from the SE corner of the Safeway parking lot on Sunset Drive and proceed to the parking lot behind Maple Falls Fuel for carpooling purposes. Watch for emails the day before by 5:00 pm to confirm the outing. Contact Jennie and Steve for more information at: tosteve@mac.com or 360-656-5216.

Saturday January 9, 2016 - Whatcom Land Trust Walk and Presentation: The Whatcom Land Trust is our regional ver- sion of the Nature Conservancy. Their passions and work overlap with the Mount Baker Club in significant ways. This outing will illuminate those overlaps, and perhaps entice us to help with the restoration and maintenance of the wildlife habitat they steward. We’ll tour their Maple Creek Reach property (east of Maple Falls, approximately 3-hour tour). Depart Sunnyland School south side parking lot at 9:10 am. We’ll meet the Trusts’ presenters in the back-side parking lot of the Maple Falls Shell at 10 am. Suggested carpool fee $5. Drew Winsor, 425-341-3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com.

Saturday January16 - Ebey’s Landing near Coupeville:  This is a 5.5 mile walk along clifftops and back along the beach, with (weather permitting) great views of Baker, Puget Sound and the Olympics. Mostly gentle walking, but with a steep exposed switchback section down to the stony beach. Suggested carpool donation $6. Meet at Sunnyland parking lot to leave at 9:00. Trip will be cancelled if weather forecast is bad. Contact Owen Bamford for more information, owen.bamford@gmail.com or 360-393-3481.

Saturday January 30 – Goose Rock Hike at Deception Pass State Park: Beginning at West Beach in Deception Pass State Park. the route will proceed under the bridge and continue toward Coronet Bay before climbing up to views on Goose Rock. Estimated 4.5 miles round trip and 900 feet of elevation gain. Bellinghamsters interested in carpooling should meet at 8:15am at Sunnyland School and proceed to meet trip leader at Chuckanut Junction Park and Ride (Exit 231) at 8:45am. Discover Pass required for parking at Deception Pass. Suggested $6 carpool donation from Bellingham. Contact Eric for more information – eric@bigrockexcursions.com or 360-770-2926.

FEBRUARY
Friday February 5- Lummi Reservation Walk:  Meet at 9:30am at the SW corner of the Lummi casino parking lot near the RV parking area. Weather permitting, we’ll do an easy walk along the Lummi trail to the less-traveled back roads along the N&S Red River roads, and to the dike to look for birds. Soup potluck afterward at hosts’ home; we’ll provide some warm- ing soup and you bring complementary goodies. Contact trip leader at kimcederstrom@yahoo.com for additional information.

Sunday February 7th– Snowshoeing: 
We will let the weather and snow conditions lead us to our destination. We will depart from town and stop along the say at the Maple Falls Shell to pick-up others. We’ll likely go to White Salmon Road, but we shall see. Drivers will need a Sno-Park permit. Bring snacks, water, and a lunch for the trail. Depart from the Sunnyland School south side parking lot at 8am, and from the Maple Falls Shell at 8:45. Suggested carpool fee $6. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com.

Saturday February 13- Stimpson Nature Preserve:
Explore this low elevation old growth forest with a beaver pond and small water falls. Three miles and 300 ft elevation gain. Depart at Sunnyland School South parking lot at 8:30 to carpool or meet at the trailhead off Lake Louise Rd before 9:00. From I 5 South take Lakeway Drive exit and turn right at Austin St which becomes Lake Louise Rd. Trailhead is on the left. Contact Mary 360-303-1848 or brohik- er@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday February 21- Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve Hike (near Bellingham): 
Light, moderate hike, 900 ft elevation gain, 5.5 miles roundtrip. Easy to park at and get to. We will meet at Lookout Mountain parking lot at 9:00am. It is located at Lake Louise Rd and Polo Park Dr., on the West side of Lake Louise Rd. Beautiful vistas and a cool waterfall are the highlights. Contact Mike at mikesdavis@outlook.com, 708.302.9177 with questions or directions.

Saturday February 27- North Lake Whatcom Hike: 
This 6.5 mile round trip, out and back trail along the eastern shore of Lake Whatcom is a great place to stretch your legs and contemplate the status of your New Year’s Resolutions. We’ll take a snack/lunch break at the turn-around point. Dress for the weather. Depart Sunnyland School south side parking lot at 8:30am or meet at the trail head about 9:00am. Contact Eric for more information. eric@bigrockexcursions.com or 360-770-2926.


MARCH

Saturday March 12- Fragrance Lake Trail:  One mile into the hike there is an overlook with views of the San Juan Islands. Continue to the lake to hike a 1/2 mile loop around the lake enclosed by rock walls. Five miles with 1100 elevation gain. Depart Sunnyland School at 8:30 to carpool at South parking lot or meet at the trailhead before 9:00. Drive 5 miles south on Chuckanut Drive to the trailhead across the road from Larrabee State Park. Discover Pass required to park. Contact Mary, 360-303-1848 or brohiker@gmail.com
 
Sunday March 20- Guemes Island Bike & Hike:  Fourteen mile ride with moderate hills. Stops at Guemes Mt. (2.3-mile R/T hike with 550-ft elev. gain), the beach at Hunts Park, and Anderson’s near the ferry landing for a beverage and a bite. $4 ferry ride for adult and bicycle. $5 suggested carpool fee. Depart Sunnyland School at 8:00 AM or Guemes Ferry Landing at 8:45 AM. Weather permitting. billgrove@comcast.net

Wednesday March 23rd, Oyster Dome/Cliff House:  Depart from Sunnyland @4:30pm. Samish Overlook to Oyster Dome. When the weather’s right, the view is hard to beat. And then on to Cliff House dinner on the deck for more views. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com

Saturday March 26th– Club Trips Slideshow & Potluck, 6:00-8:30:  Interested in trying out a trip with Mount Baker Club? Come join us for a potluck and slideshow. You’ll see and hear about the kinds of outings we offer. Look over our Summer Trip Schedule and check us out! Meet at the Bellingham Food Co-op's Community Room (directly across Holly Street from the main store at the intersection of Forest and Holly). Park on the street or their alley parking lot, not in the few spots in the bakery parking lot unless you need handicap access. Enter through the bakery and ask for directions to the Community Room (east side of building). We'll provide tea, coffee, plates. cups, and silverware. It's truly a potluck so bring what you like. Contact: Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com.

Easter Sunday, March 27-Easter Walk:  Second annual walk along the Nooksack River to Hovander Park. Easy, level, ~6 mile hike with possible sightings of the Easter Bunny (He/She was there last year!). Meet at 9 am at the parking area on Marine Drive, just before the Nooksack River. Discover Pass needed, although there are several open spots on south side of Marine Dr. Contact trip leader at kimcederstrom@yahoo.com for additional information. 


Look for short-notice hikes, too, through the Mt Baker Google Groups email account. These are, as you guessed, hikes planned at the last minute with notice posted to members with perhaps just a few days (or less) notice. If you are a MBC member, please feel free to post a short-notice hike in this manner.

Click for Sno-Park Map
Sno-Park
                                                          Map
Used with permission from the Nordic Ski Club

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  MOUNT BAKER CLUB NOTES:

CARPOOL FEES are to reimburse the driver for transport to & from the trailhead, and are suggested amounts; Trailhead parking fees may also be shared with the driver.

Carpooling at Sunnyland School
New signs at the Sunnyland School parking lot where the club meets for carpooling warn that unauthorized vehicles will be towed.
Club members can still leave cars in the lot on weekends, but during the week the lot is for school district use only. (MAP)

Carpooling at the Former Cost Cutter Lot
Park at the Southeast corner of the lot near the rock wall (MAP)
 
CROSSING THE BORDER: You can use your passport, your NEXUS card, or the new State/Province/Territory-Issued Enhanced Drivers License, which provides information on both identity and nationality. 

CHILDREN: Kids must be accompanied on hikes by parent or guardian, and also when crossing the border.

Want to lead a hike, bike, kayak, canoe, backpack or other outing to an interesting place?
Come to the Outings Committee meeting or write up your proposal and get it to the Outings Chair, Eric Rolfs, Email  eric@bigrockexcursions.com

Find the terrain of your hike by visiting TopoZone.com.

In cooperation with the Bellingham Mountaineers, check out hiking activities listed here: http://www.bellinghammountaineers.org

Release, Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement.

I hereby state that I wish to participate in activities offered by the Mount Baker Club, a non-profit corporation. I understand and recognize that any outdoor activity may involve certain dangers including, but not limited to, the hazards of traveling on roads, trails, mountainous terrain or waterways; accidents or illness in remote places; forces of nature; and the actions of activity leaders, coordinators or of other participants and other persons.

I understand and agree to the following: (1) My participation in an activity is at the discretion of the trip leader. (2) I assume all risks traveling to and from the trip. (3) I assume all risks during the activity and if I leave the group at any time. (4) I may have to exercise extra care for myself and others in case of emergency. There may not be rescue facilities or expertise necessary to deal with injuries or damages to which I may be exposed. (5) The Mount Baker Club may use any photographs taken during the trip without asking my permission and without payment. If any provision is invalid or unenforceable, the rest of the agreement remains in force.

In consideration of the right to participate in the activities offered by the Mount Baker Club, I agree to RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY the Mount Baker Club and its members from any and all liability, claims and causes of action arising out of or in any way connected with my participation, or the participation of any minor who I am signing on behalf of, in any activities offered by the Mount Baker Club. I personally assume all risks in connection with these activities. The terms of this agreement shall serve as a release and indemnity agreement for my heirs, per- sonal representatives and for all members of my family.

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  GUIDELINES FOR TRIP LEADERS

The Mount Baker Club encourages all members to participate in and lead hikes and other outings. The following outlines the key duties and responsibilities of the trip leader.

If you have a trip that you would like to lead, there are a couple of ways to proceed. Every three months there is an Outings meeting prior to the regular Mount Baker Club (MBC) Board meeting. The Outings Chairperson sends out an email notifying members prior to this meeting. You can attend the meeting, bringing the trip details with you or you can email them to the current Outings Chairperson. All of these trips will be listed on the MBC website for members and the public to see. You can also email a Short Notice of the trip to the MBC membership at the following address: MountBakerClub@googlegroups.com

All members who have provided their email address are included in this list and will be notified. Some things to consider including in your trip description are:

  • •  Trip Date

  • •  Trail Name

  • •  Location of meeting place if not using Sunnyland School

  • •  Trip length

  • •  Trip duration (hours)

  • •  Elevation to be climbed

  • •  Mention of any special equipment/permits/carpool fees or other factors

  • •  Leader contact information

  1. The trip leader should have previous experience with the trip they are leading or adequate outdoor experience to successfully lead a trip in unfamiliar territory. It’s always a good idea to check out the route and the roads to the trailhead/starting point prior to the trip to be aware of current conditions.

  2. Trip leaders and participants should carry equipment and supplies appropriate to the trip description and anticipated weather conditions. The 10 Essentials can be found here: http://www.mountbakerclub.org/TenEssentials.pdf

  3. If weather or other conditions cause the trip to be canceled, the leader must notify participants via Short Notice that the trip has been canceled. Since the public can attend our outings, it is suggested that the trip leader go to the meeting location in case people have showed up for the trip. Unless otherwise stated, the regular meeting place for MBC car pooling is Sunnyland School.

  1. Plan to arrive at the agreed upon meeting location a few minutes before the agreed upon time. Bring a Sign-up sheet and make sure all participants sign in. If you are meeting some participants at the trailhead, make sure they are signed in as well. The sheet can be found here: http://www.mountbakerclub.org/HikeEventRosterMountBakerClub.pdf

  2. The leader should introduce them self and have participants introduce themselves. Provide your group with a brief explanation of the planned trip. Distribute maps if relevant. Coordinate passengers and drivers and make sure everyone has a ride. If a carpool fee has been suggested then it’s appropriate to remind passengers to pay the driver at the beginning or end of the trip. Provide drivers with clear directions to the trailhead.

  3. Trip leaders should count the number of trip participants at the start of the trip, periodically throughout the trip, and again at the end of the trip to insure that everyone is accounted for. A trail "sweep" should be designated on hiking trips and the participants of the trip should be kept between the trip leader and the sweep.

  4. Prefer frequent shorter stops over longer, less frequent stops. When you have a group of mixed fitness, interest levels, and stamina, it is best to make stops short and frequent.

  5. If a trail/road splits or branches, make sure that everyone is aware of the direction to be taken. The leader can designate a person to wait until everyone has made the correct turn or use an agreed upon marker indicating the correct direction.

  6. Make whatever decisions may be necessary to ensure the safety of the group. Think SAFETY at all times. You are the leader with the final say.

  7. Be sure that everyone is accounted for before leaving the trailhead for home. Check with the drivers to make sure everyone has a ride home. NEVER leave anyone behind on a trail.

  8. Write a trip report including any photos taken and send it to MountBakerClub@googlegroups.com You can also post it on Facebook if you have an account. https://www.facebook.com/MountBakerClub

    Trail Etiquette Tips

  • •  Observe regulations

  • •  Don’t pick flowers or plants

  • •  Be considerate of others on the trail

  • •  Stay on the trail, don’t take short cuts

  • •  Remember that uphill hikers have the right-of-way

  • •  Respect private property

  • •  Move to the right if someone overtakes you

  • •  Bikers should give way to hikers and hikers to horses. When horses approach, move off of the trail and remain quiet




  • CollageCoffeeCupMore hikes are always needed! There are about 200 members in the MBC, we should be able to do better! Of course, short-notice hikes are also welcome. Please contact Eric Rolfs, Outings Chair at eric@bigrockexcursions.com and /or post via Facebook or email to the short-notice email list.

  • The Mount Baker Club is pleased to announce a new program to recognize those who step up and lead outdoor events for the club. Any member who leads an outing will earn a special Mount Baker Club mug. There is a limit of one mug per member household. So if you've been thinking of leading an outing, now is the time!
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