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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 2014 ACTIVITIES

APRIL
Saturday, April 5:
Stimpson Family Nature Preserve hike. Meet at 9:00am at the south east corner of the old Sunset Cost Cutter parking lot (near the rock wall) to carpool. This park offers an easy to moderate 4.2 mile hike through a beautiful forest setting. Two ponds and additional wetland areas support a wide variety of plants and animals. Dogs are not permitted at the Preserve. Call Jennie and Steve for more information. 360-656-5216

Thursday, April 24:
Bike ride to the tulip fields in Skagit County. Biking from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Route and destination to be determined based on field conditions. Meet at 17033 Bennett road (intersection of Avon-Allen Road). Email for more information: ebbays@aol.com

Sunday, April 27:
5 mile moderate hike up Stewart Mtn. Loop Trail. Meet at 10 am at Sunnyland Elementary School. $3 carpool fee. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the view area. Canceled if raining. Call Larry or Sharon, 360-647-8606.

MAY
Saturday, May 10:
South Lookout Mountain hike. Meet at 9:00 AM at the south east corner of the old Sunset Cost Cutter parking lot (near the rock wall) to carpool or meet at the trailhead at 9:30 AM. This hike is a moderate to strenuous hike through second and old growth forest. At the top, there are views of Mt. Baker to the east and the San Juans to the west. The hike is 8.5 miles roundtrip with a 2360 foot elevation gain. Park at the Cain Lake boat ramp off of Camp 2 Rd. near Constanti Lane. A Discover pass is required for parking. Contact Jennie & Steve for more information - tosteve@mac.com; 360-656-5216.

Sunday, May 18:
Raptor Ridge via Pine and Cedar Lakes Trail. Meet at 9:00am at Sunnyland School to carpool or meet at the Pine and Cedar Lakes trail head at
9:30am. Raptor Ridge offers pleasant territorial views of Chuckanut forests. Depending on the weather, a side trip to more expansive view points above Cedar Lake may be considered. This hike is difficult due to the estimated 1,500 feet of elevation gain over the first two miles of trail. This hike, with the side trip, could be about 6.5 miles and as much as 2,300 feet of elevation gain. Contact Eric for more information – eric@bigrockexcursions or 360-770-2926.

JUNE
Sunday, June 7:
Goose Rock hike at 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. 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 or 360-770-2926

Sunday, June 22: Baker Lake Trail to Maple Grove Camp Ground.
A lush green out and back hike from the south end of the lake, crossing Anderson Creek and continuing on to the campground for lunch. Estimated 9 miles round trip and up to 1,250 feet of cumulative elevation gain via lots of small ups and downs. Those wishing to carpool from Bellingham should meet at 8:00am at Sunnyland School and proceed to meet the Trip Leader in the Food Pavilion Parking Lot in Sedro-Woolley near the Hwy 20 / Cook Road intersection. Departing from Food Pavilion at 9:00a.m. Northwest Forest Pass required for parking at trail head. Contact Eric for more information – eric@bigrockexcursions or 360- 770-2926.

Saturday June 28, 2014:
Lummi Ferry ride/bike/hike. Meet at the Gooseberry Point Ferry terminal parking lot and walk on the ferry with our bikes. There is a $7 round trip fee for rider and bike. Please plan to arrive at the terminal by 9:45am to take the 10:10am ferry. Bike 2.6 miles to Baker Reserve (Lummi Point) Trail head, lock up our bikes. Take a 1.6 mile steep hike (1,000 feet elevation gain) up to rock overlook facing Orcas, Sucia and Gulf Islands and return on same trail back to bikes. Return to ferry by 2.6 mile direct route or 10 mile island exploring bide ride. Bring a packed lunch, water bottle and bike lock. Call Jennie & Steve for more information 360-656-5216

SUMMER
Friday-Sunday, September 12 – 14, 2014:
Excelsior Camp Out at Excelsior Group Camp. Two nights, room for up to 50 people. Mark your calendars! More details to come.

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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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