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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

JUNE


Sunday June 26, Lost Lake/Fragrance Lake Loop - Let's do a local hike to Fragrance Lake and beyond.  If you are on the north end of town or are coming in from the county, meet at Sunnyland school at 9.00 with the intention to carpool. I will be at the Lost Lake Trailhead just south of Larrabee State Park on Chuckanut Drive around 9:30.  A Discover pass is needed unless you choose to park on the Drive.  We will go up to Fragrance Lake, but will extend the hike by going on the Lost Lake trail and going thru a clear cut to the amazing views of the San Juan Islands and Mount Baker.  This hike is approximately 8 milesPack your essentials, lots of water and a lunch.  We will partake in a rest at the top of the over view.  René (thechariot58@gmail.com)

JULY
Sunday, July 3, 2016: Guemes Island Bike & Hike: 14 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. $5 ferry ride for adult and bicycle, $5 suggested carpool fee. Depart Sunnyland Elementary School at 7:45 am or meet at Guemes Ferry Landing on the 9:00 am sailing. Estimated return via 2:45 pm sailing. billgrove@comcast.net

Saturday, July 9, 2016: Padilla Bay Trail Hike: Located West of Mount Vernon off of Highway 20, this level dike top trail is 4.4 miles round trip. The estuary is from the Skagit River and is part of the Salish
 Sea. Bring binoculars to watch eagles, falcons, herons among the ell grass, with views of the Olympic Mountains in the background. Following the hike, optional visit to the Breazeale Interpretive Center at 11404 Bay View Edison Rd, Mt. Vernon and/or baked goods at Tweets in Edison. Those wishing to carpool from Bellingham should meet at Sunnyland Elementary to depart at 8:30am. Plan for a 35 minute drive to the trail parking at Breazeale Center. Contact Mary Brooke for more information. 360-303-1848.

Saturday, July 16, 2016: Chain Lakes Trail Hike: Family friendly, great hike for kids. Round trip approx 4- 5 miles. Elevation change ~ 700ft, steady grade. Dogs on leash ok. Hike by a series of sub-alpine lakes, flowering meadows and constantly changing views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. Start from the Artist Point parking lot (Trail #682). Will stop at Galena Chain Lakes for a 1.5 hour lunch before returning via the same trail. Adults and kids, with parental supervision, can bring extra pair of "water shoes" to wade in the alpine cool lakes. I'm going to bring a small fly rod to see if any brook trout survived the winter. Those interested in carpooling can meet at Sunnyland Elementary at 8:00am for an 8:10 departure (suggest $15 carpool fee). Alternate carpool location is parking lot behind Maple Falls/Fuel Market, departing at 9:10 am (suggest $8 carpool fee). Gather at 10 am near the trailhead sign at Artist Point parking lot where the trail begins. A valid Recreation Pass is required for parking at the trail head. Contact Mike Reed for more information: 480-830- 3820 or mr47biz@gmail.com


Saturday, July 23, Summer Social Potluck at Lake Padden: Bring your favorite summer dish to share & non- alcoholic beverage at the Padden Lake Shelter between 12:00 and 2:00pm. There are restrooms, drinking fountains and grills nearby. A camp chair, sunblock and hat will come in handy. Enjoy a swim, hike around the lake or just relax. Paper plates, utensils, napkins and lemonade will be provided. Carpool from Sunnyland Elementary at 11:30. Park directions: exit 252 from I-5 South; turn left onto S. Samish Way; then turn right to stay on S. Samish Way. Go to the second entrance to Lake Padden and look for the shelter near the playground. Contact Mary Brooke for more information at 360-303-1848


Sunday, July 31, 2016: Panorama Dome at Heather Meadows Hike: 3 – 4 miles round trip, 700 feet of elevation gain. May involve some lingering snow sections. A great chance to see what it looks like from the top of the chair lift when there isn’t snow! Dress for the weather and bring a snack. This is not a full day outing but may include some sightseeing or side trips depending on conditions and participants. Meet in Bellingham at Sunnyland School at 8:15 am. Will stop briefly in Maple Falls to pick up others about 9:00am if requested in advance. Northwest Forest Pass required for parking at Heather Meadows. Suggested carpool fee $5. Contact Eric for more information – eric@bigrockexcursions.com or 360-770-2926.

AUGUST
Saturday, August 6, 2016: Padilla Bay/Samish Island/Edison Bike-About: This flat 20-ish mile course will take us from Padilla Bay National Reserve to Samish Island and then on to Edison on flat, beautiful Skagit County roads. The Reserve is located at 10441 Bayview Road. We will meet there at 10am with a departure time of 10:45. Once we get to Edison, we can decide on which lunch spot we can have a bite at. Plan on having biking essentials, water and maybe snack. Contact Rene Pratt for questions: thechariot58@gmail.com

Friday, August 12, 2016: Heliotrope Ridge Hike via Climbers Route (Hogsback Route): This is a strenuous hike about 6.5 miles round trip with 2,800 feet of elevation gain (or more). Views, wildflowers and ice should be abundant. We’ll follow the main trail to the junction with the Climbers Route and then climb up a sharp, steep ridge of unconsolidated gravel and rocks along a lateral moraine. Snow melt - your hiking boots will get wet. Hiking poles may be helpful. Carpool fee for riders: at least $6. The last few miles to the trailhead are on a Forest Service gravel road. Forest Pass or equivalent required for trailhead parking. Departing at 8:00 am from Sunnyland School parking lot by the traffic light. We’ll stop briefly at Maple Fuels in Maple Falls around 8:45 am. Contact Trip leaders Jennie and Steve for more information. (360) 656-5216, tosteve@mac.com.

Saturday, August 27, 2016: Sauk Mountain Hike: Sauk Mountain sits above the confluence of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers, with spectacular 360 degree panorama views of the surrounding valleys, rivers, and mountains. 2.8 miles each way, 1100 foot gain total. Whatcom County folks can meet at REI at 8am to arrange rides, then meet again at 8:45 at the intersection of Cook Rd and Hwy 99 Park & Ride area for another meet up with the Skagit Valley-ites. For those who are not in a hurry to get home I will be hosting a BBQ and brews on the banks of the Skagit River in Concrete. Suggested carpool fee of $5, with a suggested fee for dinner of $10. As we will need to get a head count for the BBQ please contact Mike at mikesdavis@outlook.com or 708.302.9177 no later than Thursday, August 25.
 
SEPTEMBER
Friday, September 2, 2016: Table Mountain Hike: Short but steep and exposed, this hike branches off from the Chain Lakes trail almost at the Artists Point parking lot and switchbacks up to a plateau with fine views of Baker, Shuksan, border peaks, and on and on. Only 3 miles round trip and 500' change in elevation, this is really a half-day hike, so let's make an early start and avoid the crowds. The hike will be canceled if rain is forecast. Meet in the SE corner of the Safeway parking lot (closest to the Orleans-Sunset intersection) to carpool and leave by 8. For further information contact Owen Bamford (owen.bamford@gmail.com, or call 360-393-3481 and leave a message).

Saturday, September 10, 2016: Lake Ann Hike: 8.2 miles round trip with 1,900 feet of elevation gain. A strenuous out-and-back hike to breathtaking ‘in your face’ view of Mount Shuksan’s west face, Fisher Chimney and the Upper and Lower Curtis Glacier! We will circle the Lake before returning on the trail back. Meet at Sunnyland school to leave at 8:00 am or at Maple Falls Fuel in the back parking lot about 8:30am. Contact Judith Akins for more information. 360-982-8599.

Saturday &/or Sunday, September 17 &/or September 18, 2016: Reserved by Drew Winsor, Details To Be Announced.

Saturday, September 24, 2016: Dock Butte / Blue Lake Trail Hike: Two destinations, one hike. Or you can just pick one. Dock Butte is only 3.5 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 1300', but is rated moderate because the last section to the butte is really steep. On the other hand, the 360-degree view of Baker, Shuksan, and an endless array of lesser peaks is fantastic and well worth the effort. Blue Lake is an easy 1.5 mile side trip off the Dock Butte trail. The lake is a clear blue-green, backed by dramatic cliffs. Blueberries are not guaranteed, but are possible. Meet at Sunnyland Elementary School parking lot to carpool and leave at 8:00am, or meet at the Baker Lake Road turnoff from SR 20 about 9:00am. For further information contact Owen Bamford (owen.bamford@gmail.com, or call 360-393-3481 and leave a message).


Tom and Janet Boyhan’s 
MBC SUMMER BIKE RIDES

Tom and Janet Boyhan tjb20@frontier.com

JULY
Thursday, July 7: Cascade Trail.
Skagit’s Rails to Trails graveled path, 22 miles from Concrete to Sedro-Woolley. Who has ever ridden the entire route? We’ll meet in Sedro, leave a shuttle car and drive up to Concrete to begin. It’s all down hill at rail grade, 2%. While shuttle drivers retrieve their cars, riders will explore Sedro by bike. 9 a.m. Meeting in Sedro. Parking details will be posted closer to the date.

Thursday, July 14: No ride posted. See alternative Saturday, July 16.

Saturday, July 16: Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour, B.C. Options to add Harrison Hot Springs Arts Festival or Coquahalla Tunnels. Agassiz is a beautiful and quiet, flat valley framed in by steep mountains. Last year’s on-your- own ride never felt crowded or noisy. “A culinary adventure through the heart of the Fraser Valley in support of our local farmers”. Vegetables, fruit, nuts, berries, cheeses, sustainability technology, chickens, goats, lots of organic stuff and sustainability technology. The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre is fascinating. There’s eats and nibbles along the way or byo. This is an annual event and cost is $10. Canadian pre-registration is advised to avoid waiting at line at event and holding up our group ride. Also included with your entry fee is a shopping shuttle which will be available and visiting all the farm stops to pick up your purchases; you retrieve them when done. About 20 miles. https://www.fraservalleycycletours.com. Check US border crossing website for what’s allowed cross-border. Option One: ride 3 more miles into Harrison Hot Springs for their Arts Festival. Lots of eating choices there. Option Two: as long as we’re so close to Hope, we could drive up to the Coquahalla Tunnels – a most dramatic walk through 5 tunnels back to back through a tight turning, narrow, steep canyon with 300’ walls and a roaring river. Probably the most marvelous half mile walk you could do, maybe 1 mile round trip. Meet in Sumas, Bromley’s Grocery Market 8:00 a.m. Carpool if possible from there. Passports and pre-registration, please.
 
Thursday, July 21: Langley Park to Park Trail. A fun NEW BC 23 mile loop ride and we begin biking at Edaleen Dairy on the Guide Meridian. A new trail connecting two fabulous parks, combining quiet, paved roads and gravel trails. Unlike Whatcom, this trail is possible because private landowners have allowed connections between their fields. There are shady creek sections and some up but very short pitches plus one short walk up; the gravel is small and soft, not hard packed or tiring, my 1 1⁄2” tires did just fine. There is one mile on a busy road then we finish with a fun rolling loop trail through a park before we ride back to our cars. Meet at Edaleens 8:30 a.m. Park in the gravel lot. BYO snacks, food and water. Passports.

Thursday, July 28: Delta Loop. Another NEW BC loop ride combining awesome views, an island, river, saltwater, coal train, little town, a few bicycle-pedestrian tunnels and one very brief uphill on a bike path. Paved and hard-packed. Option for coffee about half way. 22 mile loop. No tunnel or bridge to get to our trailhead. Meet at Blaine’s WECU on H Street 8:30 a.m. Please park close to WECU but not in their parking lot. Passports. Carpool if possible from there. No tunnel or bridge crossing necessary.

AUGUST
Thursday, August 4: WeGoPoCo in BC. Back by popular demand, maybe the most perfect loop ride you could do. Mostly in shade, we circle a city but are never in it – we go along river dykes, creek bed and wet lands. Wonderful views. We’ll side trail to a park for byo lunch in deep shade by a water lily covered lake – last year Elisabeth saw a bear! Hard pack gravel and flat but for the paved uphill to lunch. Meet 8:30 a.m. Edaleen Dairy on the Guide Meridian. Park in the gravel lot. Carpool if possible. Golden Ears bridge will be crossed to get to our trailhead (modest fee). Pass- ports.

Thursday, August 11: Centennial Trail in Snohomish County. Meet 9 a.m. at the north end trailhead, Nakashima Farm on highway 9. We’ll ride south about 12 miles or so, past Arlington, making this about a 25 mile round trip, more if you want. BYOL unless you know a good lunch spot close to the trail.

Thursday, August 18: Skagit Bridge to Bridge Loop. Who’s ever been on the South Skagit Highway? It runs from Marblemount to Sedro-Woolley. For our 42 mile loop, we’ll begin our ride in Concrete on the SSH and roll down to Sedro, then take farm roads and Cascade Trail back to Birdsview Brewery. We’ll leave a shuttle car at Birdsview. When done, we can share a beer or burger at the brewery while the drivers retrieve the cars 7 miles away. Those are the last 7 miles of the loop and we won’t have to pedal them. Meet at Annie’s Pizza Station in Concrete 9 a.m., it’s in that shopping area right next to Hwy 20 coming into Concrete, on your right and before the two elevators. BYOL or wait for burgers.

Thursday, August 25: Skagit Flats, Conway > near LaConner > Mt Vernon. A fine and peaceful 27 mile back road loop and not the tulip route. I think it’s all paved. BYOL or we can get snacks at the wonderful Rex Grocery and Café. Let’s eat along the Skagit in a park outside of Mt Vernon. Meet 9 a.m. just west of Conway, from I-5 use Hwy 536/Conway exit. See gravel parking lot on north-east side of bridge, there should be an outhouse, do not cross over the SF of Skagit River.

SEPTEMBER
Thursday, September 1: Boundary Bay, BC. 12 flat hard pack gravel miles around the bay to a sweet little cof- fee shop near the Pt Roberts border line. Stellar views, 24 miles round trip. Meet 8:30 a.m. WECU in Blaine on H St., park next to but not in WECU’s lot. BYOL, sunscreen, passports. No tunnel or bridge required.

Thursday, September 8: Vancouver Bridge to Bridge Loop. A NEW BC ride and not for the faint of heart. This is an amazing urban ride circling the harbour and crossing 2 major bridges. We are on bicycle paths much of the time and bike lanes the rest with no big traffic roads. We climb up those bridges and down the other sides, so we fly down through the center of Stanley Park (protected sidewalk), otherwise the trail is flat. Much is city parks, waterfront, some industrial, some changing neighborhood but all bicycle mapped and signed. We’ll travel stop and go for mapping and traffic lights. Coffee is everywhere. BYOL or eat at Lonsdale Quay. 8 miles. You’ll see new places and parks and be impressed with Vancouver’s ever expanding network of bike trails. We’ll pass North Van’s MEC store....(Canada’s version of REI). There’s more to see and do than we’ll have time for. Terrific views abound, bring your camera. Meet 8 a.m. at Edaleen Dairy on the Guide, park in their gravel lot. Please try to carpool, driving maps are provided but we al- ways fear for a lost car getting to a trailhead and no one uses a cell phone in Canada. This is big city driving to a water- front park parking area. One bridge will be crossed to get to our trailhead (modest fee) but at least the kids have gone back to school and summer traffic has slowed down. Passports.

Thursday, September 15: Central Valley Corridor and BC Parkway, Vancouver. Another NEW BC ride. We plan to combine 2 trails into a loop of about 18 miles. Both are city neighborhood greenbelt pathways that follow transportation corridors and string several city parks along the way. There’s artwork and wall murals along much of the way and plenty of coffee choices. The west end reaches the city’s Seawall, another popular MBC ride. It really is quite amazing to explore Vancouver’s bicycle network, particularly those rides on pathways off road or with some dedicated bike lanes. I’ll post more information on this ride as we get closer to the date. If we are a small group, it is possible to Sky Train ourselves with bikes one way, and that’s a unique round trip experience. Bring a few dollars in Canadian mon- ey in case we Sky Train (no US), and for parking, you can’t always count on credit or debit cards. Meet 8 a.m. Edaleen Dairy on the Guide, park in their gravel lot. BYO food. Please try to carpool, driving maps are provided but we always fear for a lost car getting to a trailhead and no one uses a cell phone in Canada. This is big city driving to a parking lot. One bridge will be crossed to get to our trailhead (modest fee). Passports.

Thursday, September 22: Mud Bay to Delta and Surrey, B.C. Another NEW BC ride. Starting near Boundary Bay, we’ll take gravel trails and some streets through farmland, wetland, a bog, neighborhoods and city parks. More information will be posted later on our Member’s Short Notice Google List in September. Meet 9 a.m. WECU in Blaine on H St, park next to and not in WECU’s parking lot.. BYO food. Passports. No bridge or tunnel to our trailhead.

Monday, September 26: Explore Everson. A fine dike ride along the Nooksack and around farmland, looping back through Everson on the Bay To Baker Trail, 3 miles. Then we’ll hop over to the Everson Auction Barn for an old fashioned livestock auction. On Mondays, the auction is all about miscellaneous livestock that hobby farmers and 4H projects would like: pigs, sheep, goats, geese, ducks, and maybe an ostrich or llama. The stage is small with only a few bleachers on two walls, up close and personal. The café has long standing fame for it’s burgers and home made pie, strictly standing room only during lunch time. Everson Auction Barn was originally a 2 room schoolhouse from the turn of the century, and much of it remains. The auction starts at 12:30 and if we time it right, we could find café seating and eat before it begins. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Everson’s Mormon church parking lot – north side please. This is only a few hun- dred feet before Everson’s bridge and is next to the B2B trail. You’ll see the standard white steeple and red brick building as you approach the bridge coming north from the Pole Road.

Thursday, September 29: No bike ride, see alternative outing Monday, September 26.


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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