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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 

  WINTER  2014 ACTIVITIES

JANUARY
January 1, Thursday, Little Mountain Hike – Mount Vernon: Explore the fantastic quality of the new trails in Mount Vernon’s Little Mountain Park via a nice 5 to 7 mile ‘loop’ hike with 600 to 800 feet of cumulative elevation gain. Two viewpoints at the summit offer memorable views (in good weather) to the west and the north. Limited trail head parking. Trip Leader will meet participants at Little Mountain Elementary school in Mount Vernon (southern parking lot) at 9:15am before proceeding to the trail head of choice. Those wishing to carpool from Whatcom County should meet at 8:30am in the south side parking lot of Sunnyland School in Belling- ham to organize transportation if desired. Suggested carpool fee $5. Contact Eric Rolfs with questions: eric@bigrockexcursions.com or 360-770-2926.

 

January 9, Friday, Hannegan Road - Snowshoe – 4 miles RT slight elevation gain, good for beginners or as a warm up for the sea- son. Expect winter conditions. Meet trip leader in the parking area behind Maple Falls Shell at 9 am for carpooling to the trail-head. Those interested in carpooling from Bellingham should meet at Sunnyland School southside parking lot at 8:30 before proceeding to Maple Falls. Northwest Forest parking pass required. Contact Susan Krienen with questions or for more information. sgkriene@hotmail.com or cell phone 360 333-1619

 

January 10, Saturday, Skagit River Bald Eagles - We’ll go to a presentation by Craig Romano, “Hiking in the Skagit Valley” at the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center in Rockport at 11am, followed by a short hike with Craig. Depart from Sunnyland School at 9:15. Suggested carpool fee $10. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com

 

January 17, Saturday, Fragrance Lake to Two Dollar Trail to Interurban Trail: Moderate difficulty. 5.5 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 1,000 foot elevation. Fragrance Lake is part of Larrabee State Park, which became Washington’s first state park after the Larrabee family donated a 20-acre parcel of land in 1915. Hike through mature cedar and Douglas fir trees. We will proceed from Fragrance Lake trail to the Two Dollar Trail then return to our cars using the interurban trail. We will leave Sunnyland School south side parking lot promptly at 8:30 am and carpool to the trailhead on Chuckanut Drive. Carpool fee for riders - $3. Discover Pass is required for trailhead parking. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather. Contact Henry and Paula for more information - phchu01@me.com or 908-439-2968.


January 24, Saturday, 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 contemplate the status of your New Year’s Resolutions. We’ll take a snack/lunch break at the turn-around point. Dress for the weather. Depart Sunnyland School south side parking lot at 8:30am or meet at the trail head about 9:00am. Contact Eric for more information. eric@bigrockexcursions.com or 360-770-2926.

 

January 31, Saturday, Washington Park, Anacortes - Stroll on the 2.5 mile paved Washington Park Loop Road along the shoreline of Fidalgo Head. Washington Park sits on a peninsula at the west end of Fidalgo Island just past the ferry terminal. The 220-acre Anacortes city park features forested hills and meadows with views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains. We may venture onto some of the interior trails if we feel frisky. No parking pass required. We will leave from Sunnyland School at 9:00 am. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather. Contact Jennie and Steve for more information at 360-656-5216 or tosteve@mac.com. Carpool cost about $4.00

 

FEBRUARY

February 6, Friday. Mt Baker Snowshoe - 5 miles 'round trip. Significant elevation gain, could go to Artist Point depending on the group and the avalanche conditions. Expect winter conditions. Meet trip leader in the parking area behind Maple Falls Shell at 9 am. Those interested in carpooling from Bellingham should meet at Sunnyland School south side parking lot at 8:30 before proceeding to Maple Falls. No parking pass required. Contact Susan Krienen with questions or for more information. sgkriene@hotmail.com or cell phone 360 333-1619


February 7, Saturday, Southside Wandering With Walt: Meet at the Alaska Ferry terminal near Fairhaven at 9:00am for a leisurely walk through various trails and residential neighborhoods between Taylor Street and Fairhaven Park. Trip may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Specific route will be decided that morning. For more information, contact Walt via email at sharrond@comcast.net or 360-332-7163
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February 14, Saturday, Blanchard Mountain - Alternate Incline Trail from Barrel Springs Road to Lily Lizard Trail. A brief hike up the gated Barrel Springs Road to the Alternate Incline Trail to Lizard and Lily Lakes and return via Lily Lizard Trail. With luck we will see some railroad relics that remain in the area. A moderate hike, approximately 8 miles with 2,000 ft elevation gain. We will leave from Sunnyland School at 9:00 am. Gravel road to the trailhead - no facilities. Discover Pass required. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather. Contact Jennie and Steve for more information at 360-656-5216 or tosteve@mac.com. Carpool cost about $3.00

 

February 21, Saturday, Rock Trail to South Lost Lake Trail: Moderate difficulty. 5 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 1200 feet. The trails provide hikers with gorgeous views and a peek at the area's fascinating geology. We will leave Sunnyland School south side parking lot promptly at 8:30 am and carpool to the trailhead on Cleator Road accessed via HiLine Road. Carpool fee for riders - $3. Discover Pass is required. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather. Contact Henry and Paula for more information - phchu01@me.com or 908-439-2968.

 

February 28, Saturday, Cross Country Skiing- we will let the weather and snow conditions lead us to our destination. We will depart from town and stop along the way at the Maple Falls Shell to pick-up others. We’ll likely go to White Salmon Road, but we shall see. Drivers may need a Snow-Park permit. Bring snacks, water, and a lunch for the trail. Depart from Sunnyland School at 8am, and from the Maple Falls Shell at 8:45. Suggested carpool fee $6. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com

 

March

March 7, Saturday, Farmer’s Market to Fairhaven Hike: Starting at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Bellingham stroll the South Bay Trail to Boulevard Park, Taylor Dock and onward to Fairhaven. Return via same route. Estimated 5 miles round trip. Leaving the Farmer’s Market at 10am. Trip may be cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information, contact Carol via phone/ email at 360-714-8650 or wildiscalling@gmail.com

 

March 21, Saturday, Boulder River Hike. This is a relatively easy hike off the Mountain Loop Highway along the Boulder River and into the Baker River wilderness. Waterfalls and old growth trees are along the trail. The trail can get a bit muddy. 8.6 miles round- trip, elevation gain 700 ft., highest point 1,550 ft. The trip may be cut a bit short if there is snow at the higher elevations. Decent National Forest gravel road to the trailhead. There is a vault toilet a mile in from the turnoff on French Creek Road, but no facilities at the trailhead. We will leave from Sunnyland School at 9:00 am. Northwest Forest Pass or National Parks pass required. This hike might be cancelled due to adverse weather. Contact Jennie and Steve for more information at 360-656-5216 or tosteve@mac.com. Carpool cost about $5.00


March 28, Saturday, Stimpson Nature Reserve Hike: An easy 5-mile loop trail through cedar, alder and maple forest, with beaver ponds, devils club and a chance of early wildflowers. Bring binoculars if you have them. The trail may be muddy after wet weather, so dress accordingly. Meet at the south side parking lot of Sunnyland School at 9:00am or the Stimpson Reserve parking lot on Lake Louise Rd. at 9:30.  May be cancelled if the weather is bad. For more information, contact Owen Bamford (owen.bamford@gmail.com) or 360-393-3481.

 

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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