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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 

  SPRING  2015 ACTIVITIES

APRIL
Sunday, April 5 – Easter Morning Hike: Stretch your legs and get some fresh air before you dive into Easter dinner. This is an easy, level walk from Marine Drive, along the Nooksack River, to Hovander Park/Tennant Lake where we’ll see if we can sneak up on the Easter Bunny. Same route back. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area on Marine Dr. before the bridge at Ferndale Rd. If it has been raining heavily beforehand we may have to shorten the hike and meet at Slater Rd instead as it will be way too muddy along the first stretch. Contact kimcederstrom@yahoo.com


Sunday April 12th - Smith Creek Trail Hike: The trail starts at Smith Creek Park at the south end of North Shore Drive on Lake Whatcom. The hike is partly on logging road and partly on forest trail, but basically follows the power lines up Stewart Mountain to a lunch spot with views northwest across Lake Whatcom, Bellingham Bay and beyond. Round trip about 5 miles, 1600 feet elevation change. Meet at Sunnyland school parking lot at 8:30 or at the park at 9:15. The trip will be cancelled for bad weather. Contact Owen Bamford (owen.bamford@gmail.com) for further details.


Saturday April 18 - Guemes Island Bike and Hike Tour: Guemes Island is just a short 5 minute ferry ride from Anacortes. It’s quiet, laid back island with great views and little road traffic, perfect for a 7-8 mile bike ride and 2-3 mile roundtrip hike to Guemes Mountain. Please meet at Sunnyland at 8:40am to load bikes for carpooling. We will leave sharply at 9:00 and drive to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal (or meet at Anacortes Ferry Terminal at 10:00). Parking is free at the ferry terminal in Anacortes. We will walk our bikes onto the 10:15 am Guemes Island ferry. The cost for adult and bike round trip is $3.50 and over 65, $2.50. The route along the south coast of Guemes Island is fairly flat, but there are several hills on this ride as well, so be prepared. There are beautiful views of the water, Cascade Mountains, and the city of Anacortes and the channel that is crossed by ferry. We’ll pedal the 5 miles to Guemes Mountain. We'll lock our bikes and hike up to the top of Guemes Mountain. The trail is 2.3 miles roundtrip with a 550-foot elevation gain. Lunch at the top with stunning views of Mount Baker, the San Juan Islands, the North Cascades, and the Skagit flats. We’ll hop back on our bikes and may stop to enjoy a beach or two on our pedal back. Anderson General Store and Café is next to the ferry terminal if we’d like to stop. Trip may be cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information, contact Carol via phone/email at 360-714-8650 or wildiscalling@gmail.com


Saturday April 25 - Goose Rock Hike, 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. Depending on conditions and participants, may also explore Lottie Point and Lighthouse Point trails before returning to town. Meet at 8:30am at Sunnyland School to carpool, Discover Pass required for parking at Deception Pass. Suggested $10 carpool donation. Contact Eric for more information – eric@bigrockexcursions.com or 360-770-2926


Thursday April 30, 7-8:30pm Presentation, Hiking in the San Juan and Gulf Islands: Craig Romano: The Mount Baker Club will present outdoor writer and guidebook author Craig Romano who will highlight outstanding hikes on the San Juan and Gulf islands, where he has hiked more than 1,000 miles on 28 islands. Talk is free and includes slide presentation and opportunities for discussion. Romano is the author and co-author of thirteen books and a frequent presenter at area libraries and bookstores. Fairhaven Library, Fireplace Room. Contact Drew for more information- ajwinsor@gmail.com or 425 341 3738

 

MAY

Saturday, May 2 - Oyster Dome Hike: Join us for a visit to a unique rocky promontory of the Chuckanut mountain range on the western slope of Blanchard Mountain. Good weather will offer commanding view of the San Juan’s, Olympics and Samish Bay. Estimated 6.5 miles round trip with about 1,900 feet of elevation gain to the high point of 2,025 feet. Departing from the southside parking lot of Sunnyland Elem. School in Bellingham at 8:00am. Contact Judith at sunsetjam@gmail.com or 360-982-8599.


Saturday May 9, Lake Whatcom Paddle: Meet at 8:30am at the south east corner of the Bloedel Donovan boat launch with your canoes or kayaks. We’ll take a moderately-paced 3-4 hour up and back trip. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com.


Sunday May 17th - Fairhaven Walks with Walt: A walk in the park it's not. We are the street people this time, climbing the historical hills of Fairhaven and enjoying not only the interesting architecture of the area but a panoramic view of Bellingham Bay along the way. If this sounds a hike you do not want to miss, meet in the Alaskan Ferry Terminal at 9:00 a.m. for a Sunday stroll. Contact Walt via email at sharrond@comcast. This hike is weather permitting.


Saturday May 23 to Capilano Pacific Trail Hike, North Vancouver, BC: Part urban hike, part refreshing, leisurely walk. Children and pets are welcome on this outing. The trail follows the Capilano River, passing through a variety of terrain, including beaches, rocky shores, steep canyon cliffs, and dense west coast rain forest. We will start at Cleveland Dam, hiking downward to Ambleside Beach, have lunch, and return. Distance: 9 1/2 miles, Elevation Gain: 800 feet. Meet at Sunnyland Elementary at 8:00 am. Given the setting and popularity of the trail, this outing will be loosely controlled. Those wishing to break away from group to linger or explore are welcome to do so. Driving distance is approximately 59 miles (1.25 hrs, + Border Crossing time) and there are bridge tolls. Passport will be required to cross into Canada and visitors must adhere to restrictions of what is carried into Canada. Hike may be canceled due to adverse weather. Contact: Mike Reed for more information at mr47biz@gmail.com, or 480-830-3820


Saturday May 30th - Ridley Creek Trail Volunteer Work Party: Help rebuild the historic Ridley Creek Trail on Mt. Baker. Originally known as the Deming Mt. Baker Trail, it was built in 1909 and was the inspiration for the 1911-1913 Mt. Baker Marathon and the formation of the Mt. Baker Club. Abandoned for over a decade, last fall the trail was cleared of downed trees by the Forest Service and work began to rebuild it. Tools will be provided; bring gloves and a lunch. Round trip 3 miles. Depart from Sunnyland School at 8:00 a.m. Suggested carpool fee- $5, or meet at the Ridley Creek trail head at 9:30. We'll wrap up around 3:00pm. Contact Daniel Probst cascademountainrunners@gmail.com or 360-595-736

 

JUNE

Saturday June 6 – Chuckanut Ridge: This is a fairly energetic hike with considerable elevation gain, but don't be put off, the view is well worth the effort. Approximately 9 to 10 miles round trip- you’ll be glad you did it. Hike will be held only if weather permitting of course. Questions about this hike should be sent to Walt at sharrond@comcast.net. We will meet at Sunnyland School at 8:30 a.m. for carpooling.


Saturday, June 13 - Mountain Lake, Mount Constitution Loop, Moran State Park on Orcas Island: Hike will start from the Mountain Lake Campground through forest paths and lakeside trails before beginning an ascent to the tower located on the summit of Mt. Constitution. At the tower enjoy views of the San Juans and Bellingham. Return on the Little Summit trail with views of the Olympic Mountains. Moderate to Strenuous, 7 miles with 1,300 foot elevation gain. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather. Contact Mary or Mike at 360-303- 1848 or brohiker@gmail.com for more information on coordinating Ferry departures and returns. Carpoolers should meet at Sunnyland School in Bellingham. Discover Pass required for trailhead parking. Suggested carpool cost $10 for gas plus shared vehicle ferry tolls.


Sunday, June 14th - Sauk Mountain Hike: 4-5 miles & elevation gain-1,200 feet. Difficulty: steep. Great views of the Sauk, Skagit and Cascade River valleys. On a clear day views of Glacier Peak, Mounts Baker, Shuksan, White- horse, Whitechuck, Rainer, Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. Carpool from Bellingham and Cook Road, Burlington., or meet at Sunnyland Elementary at 9 am. Drive to Cook Road Park and Ride, I-5 exit 232, Cook Rd. turn left go over freeway turn right at light, park across from Starbucks and meet up with the Hike Leaders and anyone else who is carpooling. Leave Cook Rd. at 10 am. For the hour drive to the hike parking lot via Highway 20. Suggested carpool fee - $10. Bring lunch/snacks. Questions call Sharon or Larry, (360) 441-1909


Saturday, June 20 - Rainbow Ridge: This moderate hike is accessed from Highway 20 and leads us to a nice sighting of Mount Shuksan, with good views along the way. 5-7 miles round trip, 1,200 feet gained, with additional trekking possible. Depart Sunnyland School parking lot at 8:00 am. Suggested carpool fee $10. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com


Saturday June 27 - Goat Mountain Hike: Strenuous hike on a steep trail, elevation gain 2,550 feet, 7.25 miles roundtrip. The trail starts in thick forest and immediately winds upward, entering the Mt. Baker Wilderness about 1.75 miles. The forest is replaced with low-lying blueberry bushes and alpine meadows. Lunch at the knoll about 3.75 miles while enjoying the spectacular views of Mt. Sefrit, Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker, bring bug repellent just in case. Leave Sunnyland School parking lot promptly at 8:30 am and carpool from there to Maple Fuels. We will travel on a gravel Forest Service road for 2.4 miles. Suggested carpool fee - $5.00. A National Forest or National Park Pass required. Contact Jennie or Steve for more information - tosteve@mac.com or 360-656-5216.

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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