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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 

  FALL  2014 ACTIVITIES

SEPTEMBER
Thursday, September 25, 2014: Yellow Aster - Welcome Pass Hike. One vehicle hike from Yellow Aster Trailhead to tarns at base of Yellow Aster and overland to Welcome Pass and down to 2nd vehicle. I have been on both ends and observed route. My hiking book shows route and have heard of others doing it. Great views but strenuous. Need hiking stick for going down steep sections, must be stable hiker. Approx 8 miles. Longer if wish to hike to top of Yellow Aster. I may favor hike to last flattop knob before Welcome and return same way if there is only one vehicle and may be more pleasant. Count on 10 mile hike. Group can decide options with split group at top if have interest and communication. This is all premium Mt Baker Wilderness that shows well on Mt Baker Ranger District map with 1" sections. For more information call Dale Petersen 360-380-1338 or e-mail to daybydaytoalaska@comcast.net.

OCTOBER
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - High Pass hike from Twin Lakes. A jaw-dropping day hike from Twin Lakes toward Mt Larrabee with unbelievable views into the Silesia Creek canyon and impressive peaks beyond. An excellent hike with ample rewards for moderate exertion. Approx. 5 miles and 1,600 feet of elevation gain. Low clearance vehicles not recommended but carpooling is. Departing from the south east corner of Lowe’s parking lot (near the shed buildings) at 8 am. Will stop by Maple Falls Fuel back parking lot on the way to the trail head. Carpool fee for riders at least $6. A National Forest or National Park Pass required for each vehicle. This hike may be cancelled due to adverse weather or road closures. Contact Walt with questions. sharrond@comcast.net 360-332-7163.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - Heliotrope Ridge hike. 5.5 miles roundtrip with estimated 1,400 feet of elevation gain, high point at 5,100 feet. Intimate ice is what this hike is all about. Follow a well-trodden path to the scoured world of the Coleman Glacier, the largest of Baker's dozen-plus glaciers. From along a steep heap of lateral moraine, stare down into a cavernous abyss of ice and compacted snow. Locate blue grottos in the crevasses of Baker's frozen icing. Come in Oct. for the quiet. The creeks are unbridged and are difficult enough to negotiate in dry periods. A hiking pole/ stick may help. Departing from Sunnyland School (south side parking lot) at 8:00 am, or Maple Falls Store back parking lot at 8:45am. Contact Don V. for more information 360-647-7732

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Hannegan Pass hike. Strenuous, 8 miles, 2000 feet elevation
gain. Explore a wilderness of glacier carved valleys and beautiful fall colored meadows while you feast your eyes on Mt. Ruth, Mt. Shuksan and the North Cascades. We will leave Sunnyland School south side parking lot promptly at 8:00 am and carpool from there to Maple Fuels. We will be traveling on rough gravel roads requiring a higher clearance vehicle. Carpool fee for riders at least $6. A National Forest or National Park Pass required. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather. Contact Jennie & Steve for more information - tosteve@mac.com or 360-656-5216.

NOVEMBER
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Ebey's Landing hike on Whidbey Island. Moderate difficulty, 5.6 miles roundtrip, 260 feet elevation gain. Hike up a beautiful seashore bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and return on the beach. View the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Rainier on a clear day. We will leave Sunnyland School south side parking lot promptly at 8:00 am. Carpool fee for riders - $10. Washington State Park Pass required. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather. Contact Jennie & Steve for more information - tosteve@mac.com or 360-656-5216.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Lookout Mountain hike. 5-6 miles moderate hike. Anyone wanting to carpool from Bellingham, meet at 9:30 am at Sunnyland Elementary School parking lot by Maryland Street. Leaders will be at the new trailhead parking lot off Lake Louise Rd. in Sudden Valley at 10 am. Weather permitting. Bring snack or lunch. We should be back at the parking lot between 1-2 pm. If questionable or questions, call Larry or Sharon, 360-647-8606.

Sunday, November 9, 2014 – Fragrance Lake hike. 5.5 miles round trip, elevation gain of 950 feet, highest point at 1,050 feet. The year-round, dog-friendly day hike to Fragrance Lake in the Chuckanut Recreation Area is one of the most popular trails all year long. Departing from Sunnyland School (south side parking lot) at 8:00 am. Contact Don V. for more information. 360-647-7732

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - Raptor Ridge hike. A short, steep, winding climb through wetlands and craggy rock outcrops to a sweet view. From the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead, hike 3.4 miles up Hemlock Trail to where the 0.4 mile Raptor Ridge Trail begins. Will leave Sunnyland School at 8:00 am and carpool from there. Contact Drew Winsor for more information. ajwinsor@gmail.com, 425 341 3738

Saturday, November 22, 2014- Thanksgiving Potluck. Come join the Mount Baker Club at a Thanksgiving potluck on Saturday, November 22, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., at WECU's Educational Cen- ter, 511 E. Holly Street in Bellingham. The Club will provide ham and/or turkey, and tea and cof
fee. Please bring a side dish to share and your own place settings. What a pleasant way to begin the holiday season! Please join us. RSVP by November 12 to Tanya Braumiller at 360-366-7320, or lustrosa7321@gmail.com with the side dish - vegetables, starch, salad, or dessert - that you will be bringing.

DECEMBER
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Oyster Dome hike. Strenuous, 6.5 miles, 1,900 feet elevation
 gain. Begin right along the side of Chuckanut Drive and head uphill through a Douglas Fir forest. Explore a rocky outcropping on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain with great views of the San Juans, Skagit River flats and Olympic Mountains. We will leave Sunnyland School south side parking lot promptly at 8:00 am and carpool to the trailhead on Chuckanut Drive (limited parking, no bathroom facilities at the trailhead). Carpool fee for riders - $3. Washington State Park Pass required. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather. Contact Jennie & Steve for more information - tosteve@mac.com or 360-656-5216.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 – 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 escape the stresses of the holiday season. We’ll take a snack/lunch break at the turn-around point. Dress for the weather. Depart Sunnyland School south side parking lot at 8:30 am or meet at the trail head about 9:00 am. Contact Eric for more information. eric@bigrockexcursions.com or 360-770-2926.

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 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.

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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 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, Outing 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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