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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 

  SUMMER  2014 ACTIVITIES
JULY

Sunday, July 13, 2014: Panorama Dome at Heather Meadows. 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... 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. Carpool fee for riders: at least $6. Contact Eric for more information – eric@bigrockexcursions.com or 360-770-2926.

Saturday, July 26, 2014: Excelsior Pass via Damfino Lakes Trailhead. Moderate 6 mile round trip to the pass and hopefully up Excelsior Peak. NW Forest Pass or equivalent required. Car pool share $7 from Bellingham and $3 from Maple Falls. Meet in Maple Falls at 9:00am or in Bellingham at Sunnyland school at 8:15 am. The leader will go directly to Maple Falls. Call Marjan at 332-3195 for details.

Sunday, July 27, 2014: Potluck Social at Padden Lake, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the shelter by the playground and restrooms. Share stores of past adventures and plans for future ones. Bring your hiking boots,kayak or mountain bike for fun before or after the potluck. Bring a dish to share,your own drink (no alcohol permitted in the park) and your own place setting. Contact Jennie & Steve for more information - tosteve@mac.com or 360-656-5216.

AUGUST

Thursday, August 7, 2014: Mount Baker Club Talk, 12:30 pm - at the Whatcom Museum Old City Hall Brown Bag speaking series,121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. Come hear Brian Mulligan speak about the Mount Baker Club including the Club's involvement in the first Mt. Baker Marathon which was the forerunner to the Ski to Sea Race, restoration of the Winchester Fire Lookout, involvement in trail development/maintenance and current Club activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, biking, camping and kayaking. Admission is $3 suggested donation/free for Museum members. More information: 360-778- 8930, info@whatcommuseum.org or www.whatcommuseum.org.

Sunday, August 10, 2014: Park Butte Lookout and/or the Railroad Grade Trail to Easton Glacier. This is a fantastic hike on the south side of Mount Baker with a number of unique destination options depending on the conditions and participants. Elevation gain 1,400 to 2,500 feet over 5 to 12 miles. Water crossing at Sulfur creek will be decided based on conditions. 10 essentials, boots, poles and bug spray recommended. Moderate to Hard. Meet trip leader in Sedro-Woolley at Food Pavilion Grocery store at 9:00am. Those interested in carpooling (recommended) from Bellingham should meet at Sunnyland School at 8:15am and proceed to the Food Pavilion grocery store in Sedro-Woolley where they will sign in with the Trip Leader. Northwest Forest Pass required for trailhead parking. Contact Eric for more information – eric@bigrockexcursions.com or 360-770-2926.

Saturday, August 23, 2014: Damfino Lakes and Excelsior Mountain Hike. Moderate difficulty. 6.5 miles round-trip, 250 feet elevation gain to lakes; 1,500 feet elevation gain to mountain. The forest trail starts at an elevation of 4,200 feet and leads to a couple of pleasant mountain lakes. Continue to Excelsior Mountain, the site of an old lookout, for spectacular views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. Bring bug repellent just in case. Will leave Sunnyland School at 8:00 am and carpool from there to Highway 542, left onto Canyon Creek Road (Forest Road 31) and follow it for 15 miles, as the winding road changes from pavement to gravel. Carpool fee for riders at least $6. A National Forest or National Park Pass required. Contact Jennie & Steve for more information - tosteve@mac.com or 360-656-5216.

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 6: Chain Lakes - Wild Goose Loop Trail Hike. Beautiful mountain views and picturesque alpine lakes. Fairly strenuous hike, the trail is steep, sometimes hugs a cliff and only one person wide in many places, may encounter snowfields, hiking poles a plus. Eight miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1700 feet. More description of the trail here: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ chain-lakes-3 Bring your lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen and bug juice. Will leave Sunnyland School at 8:00 am and carpool from there to Heather Meadows Visitor Center. Car pool fee for riders: at least $6. A National Forest or National Park Pass required. Contact Jennie & Steve for more information - tosteve@mac.com or 360-656-5216.

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am. The Almost Annual Winery Ride. Meet at Kit & Beth’s house (249 E Wiser Lake Road, Lynden), then enjoy a leisurely 25-mile ride through N. Whatcom County on quiet, flat roads, finishing at the Samson Estates Winery. Bring a lunch and buy a glass of wine. Only 4 miles from the winery back to the starting point. For more information, call 360 318 0791.

Friday-Sunday, September 12 – 14, 2014: Excelsior Camp Out at Excelsior Group Camp off the Mount Baker Highway. Two nights, room for up to 50 people. Camp for one night or both nights. Show up Friday afternoon to set up your camp and join us at the campfire that night and possibly a pot- luck dinner. Lots of options for hiking on Saturday, outings will be organized at the camp. Sunday will be take-down and clean up. For more information email Herm at hermonmunster03@gmail.com or call Herm at 360-599-2085.

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.

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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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