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

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

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
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 

July 11 - Saturday - Maple Pass Hike: This is a 7 mile loop hike to take 5 hours starting near Rainy Pass on SR 20. There is a 1,950 elevation gain where you see lakes and mountains including Glacier Peak. I rate it like Chain Lakes loop near Mt Baker as one of the best hikes in the North Cascades. Hike 72 in 100 Hikes of Washington's North Cascades has a map and more details. I can take three others with me with $10 gas sharing. Depending where those who want to go live, we will decide where to meet to carpool. We should plan to leave Bellingham by 8 am. The group can decide where to eat on the way home. If you want to go or have other questions, e-mail Dale at daybydaytoalaska@comcast.net. Dale Petersen 380-1338.

July 15 - Wednesday - Teddy Bear Cove Hike: Make the most of your summer evenings by enjoying a hike to Teddy Bear Cove! Meet at 6:00pm at 24th Street and Fairhaven Parkway. Parking is available along 24th Street on the south side of FH Parkway. Contact Becky with questions nettle11@comcast.net

July 19- Sunday - Skyline Divide Hike: Moderate hike, about 7 miles, 2000' change in elevation. Hemlock forests, wildflowers, fabulous views of Baker, etc. May be extended if the weather is good. Meet at Sunnyland at 8 am for carpooling. Suggested carpool fee $6. Contact owen.bamford@gmail.com with questions.

July 22 - Wednesday - Oyster Dome Hike /Cliff House Dinner: depart Sunnyland School south side parking lot at 4:30pm. Samish Overlook to Oyster Dome, Cliff House dinner on the deck after. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com.

July 26 - Sunday - Yellow Aster Butte Hike: Yellow Aster Butte is a strenuous hike alternating between old-growth forest and brushy avalanche slopes before opening onto alpine meadows. Elevation gain is 2200 feet, 8.5 miles in length. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead. Access is via a gravel Forest Service road. A Forest Pass is required. Meet at Sunnyland School at 7:30am. Recommended car pool fee $6 to $8. Trip leaders are Jennie and Steve - 360-656-5216 / tosteve@mac.com.


Aug 2 - Sunday - Scott Paul Trail Hike: An 8 mile loop trail that contours the south side of Mt. Baker and winds through rock gardens, meadows and glacial moraines. Elevation Gain: 2000 ft. High Point: 5,200 ft. Difficulty rating is moderate. NW Forest Pass required. Meet at Sunnyland Elementary ready to depart at 8:00 a.m. or at Sedro Woolley Food Pavilion at 8:30 a.m. Carpool fee $5.00. Planning to stop for dinner at Mestizo Mexican Restaurant (617 Metcalf St) in Sedro Woolley on the way home. They make great Chile Rellenos!! Contact Carol with questions or for more info at wildiscalling@gmail.com or 360.296.5997

August 9 - Sunday - Dock Butte and Blue Lake Hike: About 6 miles, 1400 ft elevation change. Hiking through alpine forest and meadows starting at about 4000' with spectacular views of Baker and the Cascades, and a lake that really is blue, sort of. Suggested carpool fee $6. You will need a forest pass. For more information contact Owen Bamford, owen.bamford@gmail.com.

August 12 - Wednesday - Blanchard Mountain Hike: to Samish Overlook. Departing Sunnyland Elementary School at 6pm to carpool to Barrel Springs Road and the trailhead. Contact Becky for additional information via email at nettle11@comcast.net

August 15 - Saturday - Almost Annual Winery Bike Ride: 10:00 am. Meet at the home of Beth and Kit Vonnegut and enjoy a leisurely cruise along 25 miles of quiet north county roads, ending at the Samson Estates Winery for lunch and a glass. Bring your own lunch - Samson’s has the wine, but no food. It’s a short 4 miles from the winery back to the starting point. 249 E Wiser Lake Road, Lynden, or contact kitv@comcast.net with questions.

Aug 22 - Saturday - Tomyhoi Lake Hike: Join us for a hike from Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead over Gold Run Pass to Tomyhoi Lake. Fairly strenuous hike but beautiful views. Total elevation gain is about 2100 feet. Hike is about 8 to 9 miles . Tomyhoi Lake is overstocked with trout of three different kinds so fishing should be good, so bring your pole and fishing license if so inclined. Meet at Sunnyland School at 7:30am. For more information call Walt at 332-7163 or e-mail sharrond@comcast.net.

Aug. 29 - Sat. Potluck/Social: 1-3 pm– Lake Padden Picnic Shelter (by the Ball Field/ Playground): Bring a dish to share, your own place setting and beverage. Bring a kayak, walking shoes and yard games and let's make it a day at the park!. More details in the Rambler and as we get closer to the event. Contact - Sharon (360) 441-1909

Sept 9 -Wednesday - Padden Hills Hike: Enjoy a late summer evening exploring the rolling trails above Lake Padden. Group will meet at the south end of the lake by the ball fields and dog park at 6:00pm. Contact Becky for additional information. nettle11@comcast.net

Sept 11, 12 & 13 -Fri/Sat/Sun -Colonial Creek Overnight: Stay Friday and Saturday nights at Colonial Creek Campground (on shores of Diablo Lake, 20 miles east of Marblemount off Highway 20) and day hike Saturday and Sunday. Space limited- follow, online instructions to sign-up: https://goo.gl/KIm3mQ . Suggested carpool fee $12. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com

Sept 19- Saturday - Silver Lake Paddle: Silver Lake County Park is located approx 2 miles north of Maple Falls. Meet at boat launch area at 10:00am. We'll paddle around the lake for 2-3 hours and then have a picnic lunch. Don't forget your Discover Pass. Contact Chris at 360-510-2027 - cbhasfun@yahoo.com

Sept 26- Saturday -Turtleback Mountain Hike, Orcas Island: This easy to moderate hike follows a trail that was recently made accessible by the San Juan Preservation Trust and the Nature Conservancy. We’ll load our bikes on a ferry in Anacortes, ride 3 miles to the trail head on Orcas, and then hike to the summit (5.8 miles round-trip, 1,295 feet elevation gain). Weather permitting, the views will be good. Depart Sunnyland School south side parking lot at 8:30 am (carpoolers arrive at Sunnyland by 8 am) to catch 10:35 am ferry. Note: check with Drew to confirm timing. Pack lunch, dinner out on way home on Orcas or in Anacortes, home about 10 pm. Suggested carpool fee $6. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com

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.

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 and Indemnity Agreement�Each outing event contains a roster in which each participant signs and agrees to
the following:
I/We 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, accidents or illness in remote places, forces of nature, and the actions of
activity leaders, coordinators or of other program participants and other persons. I/We further understand and agree that
without a program providing protection of its assets, leaders and members, the Mount Baker Club would not be able to offer
its activities. In consideration of and as part payment for the right to participate in the activities offered by the Mount Baker
Club, I/We agree to RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY the Mount Baker Club and its members from any and all
liability, claims and causes of action in any activities offered by the Mount Baker Club. I/We personally assume all risks in connection
with these activities. The terms of this agreement shall serve as a release and indemnity agreement for my/our heirs,
personal representative and for all members of our (my) family.



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!