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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     SKI    SNOWSHOE     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 

  SPRING  2016 ACTIVITIES

APRIL
Saturday April 9 Lost Lake Hike- Moderately strenuous hike in the Chuckanuts. About six miles and 2000 foot cumulative elevation gain. We’ll visit Lost Lake, a nice waterfall and (weather permitting) views of Baker and the San Juans. Meet at the end of Cleator Road (Gates Overlook) at 8:30 am. Discover Pass needed. Contact: Steve and Jennie 360-656-5216, tosteve@mac.com.

Saturday April 16th, Work Party with Whatcom Land Trust- The Whatcom Land Trust is our regional version of the Nature Conservancy. Their passions and work overlap with the Mount Baker Club in significant ways. After they led us on a tour in January of some of the land they steward we’re eager to lend them a hand. We’ll join a work party at one of their properties in the foothills of Mt Baker. There are a limited number of spaces for this trip, so contact the trip leader for sign-up and meeting details by April 9th. We’ll be planting trees and possibly removing invasive species like Scotch Broom and blackberries. Our time at the site will run from 9-12 and they’ll provide a snack. Bring: work gloves (they have a one-size fits all you don’t have any), work boots or hiking boots, and rain gear- this trip will run rain or shine, but canceled in the event of high winds. Suggested carpool fee $5. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738. ajwinsor@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 23 East Bank Baker Lake Hike- Easy hike, a mere 500 feet elevation gain, 9 miles round trip. Trail borders Baker Lake with spectacular views of Mt. Baker and the lake. Meet at the intersection of Cook Rd. and Hwy 99, in the dirt lot across from the gas station in Burlington @ 8:30 am, Suggest $10 carpool. Most likely finish the day with a stop at Birdsview Brewery for a rehydration session. Contact Mike at mikesdavis@outlook.com , 708.302.9177.

Sunday, April 24 Potluck at Woodstock Farm- Bring your favorite dish to share. Our Spring Social will be held Sunday, April 24 at the beautiful Woodstock Farm Park, from 10:30 until 1:30. We will be at the Gate's Farmhouse. The park offers exceptional, scenic views of the marine shoreline. It is located on Chuckanut Drive, two miles South of Fairhaven.  Look for the sign on your right.  Due to very limited parking at the Farm, meet at the Fairhaven Middle School parking lot at 110 Parkridge Rd at 10:15 to carpool. Contact Mary for more information at brohiker@gmail.com or 360-303-1848

MAY
Sunday May 1, Oyster Dome - from Chuckanut Drive- Round trip 6 1/2 miles, 1900 ft change in elevation, so a significant workout. This area may be logged next year, so enjoy it while you can. The trail climbs through mostly second- growth Douglas Fir and cedar forest, with (perhaps) spring flowers, to outstanding views from Oyster Dome across the sound to the San Juans and the Olympics. Meet at Sunnyland Elementary School’s parking lot for car pooling, leave at 8am. For more information, contact Owen Bamford at 360-393-3481 or owen.bamford@gmail.com.
 

Friday, May 6, Boundary Bay Bike Ride- meet at 9 am at WTA Ferndale Park & Ride. From there we'll head up to the flatlands of Boundary Bay and bike 25-30 miles with a stop for coffee or cold drinks. Bring snacks/lunch and border- appropriate ID. Contact trip leader kimcederstrom@yahoo.com for more info. 


Sunday May 15- Flower Hike: contact trip leader for details, we’ll head up to Artist Point of other promising location for taking in the mountain flowers., we’ll let the flowers of the season. Meet at Sunnyland School Elementary School parking lot at 8:30am. Judith, sunsetjam@gmail.com or 360-982-8599.


Saturday May 21, Lake Twenty-Two Hike- Located in Snohomish County off the Mountain Loop Highway, this lake is situated in an impressive glacial cirque near the base of Mount Pilchuck. A variety of waterfalls keep you distracted as you gain the 1,700 feet of elevation to reach the lake. Approximately 6 to 7.5 miles round trip. Those wishing to carpool from Bellingham should gather at Sunnyland Elementary and depart at 7:45am. Proceed to the Chuckanut Junction Park and Ride (Exit 231) to meet the trip leader at 8:15am. Contact Eric Rolfs for more info. 360-770-2926 eric@bigrockexcursions.com.


Thursday May 26th 7-8:30 pm, MBC 2nd Annual Book Talk ‘Hiking Whatcom County’ by Ken Wilcox -
The Mount Baker Club will present Whatcom County iconic guidebook author Ken Wilcox. In 1987 Ken published the first edition of, “Hiking Whatcom County”. Long considered a guidebook bible by hikers in the region, this spring his 6th edition will be published. It has been fully revised and updated with 15 additional hikes, new maps, photos, de- tailed trail descriptions and directions. Talk is free and includes slide presentation and opportunities for discussion. Ken will be giving away three signed copies. Fairhaven Library, Fireplace Room. Contact Drew for more information- ajwinsor@gmail.com or 425 341 3738.

Saturday May 28, Baker River Hike-
Follow Baker River up as far as Sulphide Creek, through old-growth forest to an "awesome" view of Shuksan. An easy 5-mile round trip, with only 300 feet change in elevation, but we may get wet feet at some creek crossings. No dogs, as part of the trail is in national park. Forest pass required. Those interested in carpooling from Bellingham should meet at Sunnyland Elem. parking lot and depart at 8am to meet the trip leader at the Chuckanut Junction Park and Ride (Exit 231) in Burlington at 8:30am before proceeding to the trail head. It's about a 2-hour drive to the trailhead, so expect to get back about 4pm. For other rendezvous points or more information, contact Owen Bamford at 360-393-3481 or owen.bamford@gmail.com.

JUNE

Saturday June 4, Skagit Flats Breakfast Ride- We'll leave early for a hearty bike ride through the beautiful Skagit Valley flats to a little know old-time grocery that serves a mean breakfast. We'll depart from the parking lot of
3533 Chuckanut Drive (former bamboo/bonsai nursery and more recently antique shop) at 8am. and head south through the flats to Rexville Grocery. This is a 40 miles round trip, medium pace ride- get in some practice rides be- tween now and then. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com.

Saturday June 11, Racehorse Creek Fossil Hike- I
n 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 fos- sils. 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.

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.

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.

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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 in which I appear 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 on whose behalf I am signing, 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, personal representatives and for all members of my family.

WAIVER MEMBERSHIP final

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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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