Northwest Hiking Weekend, Glacier, WA Aug 4-5-6
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Aug. 4-6 Northwest Hiking Weekend, Glacier, WA
Start Location: Glacier Public Service Center, Highway 542, Glacier, WA
Start time: Fri thru Sat 8am-1pm; Sun 8-noon
Finish by: Fri & Sat 4pm; Sun 3pm
Distance: 4 Walks from 5K-13K. See individual walk descriptions.
Contact: Jane Holmes (206) 324-1601 or email
A great weekend of hiking in the Mt Baker Wilderness, North Cascades.
Three days. Four AVA sanctioned hikes.
The Area: Glacier, Washington is a small mountain town on Highway 542 in
Mt. Baker National Recreation Area. It is 33 miles east from
Bellingham, WA, 1.5 hours from Vancouver B.C and 2.5 hours from Seattle.
See our website for lodging and links: www.walkhappy.com/fourplusclub
Driving & Parking: After registering at the start location, you will
drive 15 to 25 miles to the trailheads which are all in wilderness
areas. You will need a Northwest Forest Pass to park at the
trailheads. You can buy one at the start location.
The correct exit number from I5 should be #255. Please let everyone you
know who is planning to attend these events know the correct exit number.
Lodging: Come stay the weekend and take in several or all of these
great walks. Some recommended lodging in or near Glacier includes:
Glacier Creek Lodge — cabins and motel room
The Inn at Mt Baker — B&B
Mt. Baker Cabins — cabin rentals
Mt. Baker Lodging — condo & cabin rentals
Mt. Baker Bed & Breakfasts — a service to find B&Bs in the area
If you have difficulties finding lodging in Glacier, Bellingham is 30
Saturday Night Social: There will be a catered social dinner Saturday
night. Price and menu to be announced. You will need to sign up in
advanced. Watch this space!
Map Walks: AVA trail markings will be minimal due to wilderness
regulations. However, all of these walks are on well-marked park trails
and written directions with maps will be provided.
Awards & Fees: A 100% embroidered patch in a diamond shape will be
available for $8.00. 50 only—no reorders. AVA/IVV credit without the
award is $3.00. Free participants are welcome but must register and
return a start card. We will also have a “Take a Hike” souvenir 3” pin
available for sale with the design shown above. To pre-register for
patch, use this form.
Social Dinner on Saturday Night: Join fellow walkers for a good meal
at Milanos restaurant in Glacier at 5pm on Saturday night. You will
have your choice of lasagna, chicken parmagiana, linguine with sausage
or cheese ravioli, Dinner will include a salad, bread, a light desert
and coffee. Other beverages and tip not included. Cost is $16.00 per
person. 50 people maximum. We will have a sign-up sheet at the event,
but if you want to make sure you get a spot email me and I will put your
name on the list. You will pay at the meal itself. Email:
Misc: These are strenuous hikes—be prepared with sturdy hiking shoes
and dress appropriately. Carry water, insect repellant, sunscreen and a
snack or lunch on the trail. There are restrooms at the start location
and most of the trailheads. Dogs are allowed on leash. Not suitable
for strollers or wheelchairs.
Directions: Take I5 to Bellingham, WA. From I5 take exit 255, Sunset Dr
/ Mt Baker Hwy. Go RIGHT (if you were northbound on I5) or LEFT (if
southbound), following signs for Mt. Baker. Sunset Drive becomes Hwy
542. Follow Hwy 542 all the way into Glacier, 33 miles. The Glacier
Public Service Center is on the right before you leave town. CLICK HERE
Walk #1: Skyline Divide 10K, 1700’ gain, rated 4+ The Trail: This
hike is a short 10K, but tough! For the first two miles you will climb
a trail through the woods that is sometimes moderate, often steep.
Towards the top the trail breaks in and out of meadows that will have
you wading in flowers. Your uphill work-out will be rewarded when you
crest onto a ridgeline at 5500’. Enjoy spectacular 180° views of Mt.
Shuksan, Mt. Baker and the Nooksack Valley. On a clear day you can see
to the British Columbia coastal range. A short stroll along the
ridgeline and up an smaller knoll (to 6215’ elevation) will allow you
time to savor the views before heading down on this out-and-back hike.
Walk #2: Yellow Aster Butte 13K, 2200’ gain, rated 5 The Trail: This
trail is about half exposed and half in the woods. It involves a tough
climb, gaining 1400’ in 1.4 miles. But if you like views, you’ll be
well rewarded on this trail. You can see across the Nooksack valley to
Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan, over Tomyhoi Creek to the Border Peaks, down
to mile-long Tomyhoi Lake and out the valley to farms along the Fraser
River. You’ll pass through and above meadows and snowy-cold lakes and
ponds set in pockets left by the glaciers. Enjoy lunch at the
turn-around viewpoint before heading back.
Walk #3: Excelsior Pass 10K, 1300’ gain, rated 3+ The Trail: This is
the easiest walk of the weekend. This trail climbs at a moderate pace
in and out of woods, visiting Damfino Lakes. At nearly two miles you
break into the open for good and the rest of the way you’ll enjoy views,
views, views. Reach Excelsior Pass (elevation 5300’) and take a brief
tour along the ridgeline. Enjoy views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, Mt.
Larabee and the Canadian coastal range. Have a snack and savor the
sights before turning around on this out-and-back trail.
Walk #4: Chain Lakes 5K/12K, 1600’ gain, rated 4+ The Trail: This is
the premier walk of the weekend. This spectacular loop hike is “all
views, all the time.” From the Heather Meadows Visitor Center, head
down into a picture-perfect basin and Bagley Lakes before beginning a
long, steady climb to Herman Saddle. From the trail’s high point at
Herman Saddle, descend into another basin with pretty Chain Lakes. The
largest, Iceberg Lake, often has floating ice from Mt. Shuksan’s
glacier. A second, easier, climb will take you to another ridgeline
with views of Mt. Baker and Ptarmigan Ridge. A long, level traverse on
a wide-open hillside leads to Artist’s Point. From Artist’s Point the
trail descends back down to your car. The 5K route visits Artist’s Point
and the open hillside traverse of the 12K.
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Daffodil Valley Walkin' Wednesdays
Daffodil Valley Volkssport Association will be hosting group walks 9 am
on Wednesday mornings during July and August. We will walk Year-Round
Events and then have lunch. If you are interested in joining us, you
are more than welcome. Questions? Call Carolyn at (253) 845-6592 or
e-mail her at jcwarhol@...
WALK, WALK, TALK, WALK, WALK, EAT
Meeting time: 9 a.m.
Meeting place: At the actual start of the walk.
August 9-University Place (Sign in at Forza Coffee Co.)
August 16-Buckley (Sign in at Arrow Lumber-drive to start)
August 23-Yelm (Sign in Safeway Store)
August 30-Tacoma, Point Defiance Park (Sign in at Boathouse Marina &
August 13, 2006: Tenino Walk and Bike
Calling all cyclists and walkers! Olympia's Capitol Volkssport Club and
Capital Bicycling Club are partnering to present an AVA "Piggyback" event.
The TRYBR, the annual Tenino-Rainier-Yelm-Bucoda Rally, is known as a
"century" ride or a 100-mile event. Volkssporters will have the option
of five different distances: 32, 48, 80, 128, or 160 K.
A volkswalk will be held in conjunction with all this bicycling activity.
Note: No free bicyclists. All participants must register for the TRYBR
bike rally separately from the Volkssport event. TRYBR registration is
$18.00 day of ride or $15.00 if pre-registered. No AVA start cards
issued unless the participant presents a ride number.
Yes, walkers may walk for free or for the usual $3.00 credit.
Note: Extended start and finish times.
Bike: 7am-noon start; finish by 5
Walk: 8-2 start; finish by 5
If you like the idea of trying something different, give this bike ride
a try. Or why not do the walk and the bike? Our club is exploring new
ideas for customer service, and we're interested in your response.
For additional info, check out the club website at
Driving directions to the Start: From southbound I-5, exit 101, east on
Tumwater Blvd, south on Old Highway 99 to Tenino. From northbound I-5,
exit 88, north on Old Highway 99 to Tenino. Follow signs to parking and
Point of contact: David Olszyk, 360-456-2896; olszyk@...
Saturday, August 26, 2006 ROEGNER PARK WALK
SANCTION NO: 74219 SPONSOR: THE-OVER-HILL-GANG-VOLKSSPORT CLUB
LOCATION: AUBURN, WA. ROEGNER PARK
START TIME: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
FINISH TIME: 4:00 PM
DISTANCE: 10KS (6.2 Miles) 5KS (3.1 Miles)
TRAILS: (Rated 1) Walk on gravel and paved trails through Roegner Park
and Mill Pont while listening to the sound of rushing water in the
river. Trail is designed as an out and back with some loops in it,
you’ll have a chance to meet old friends on the trail.
The 5k trail is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.
AWARD: This is a credit only walk.
MISCELLANEOUS: Water and restrooms at start and finish and check point.
Pets are permitted , but not in the buildings, and owners are
responsible for leash and cleanup law.
MORE INFO: Bob and Betty Hellers. (253) 939-4798 rnhellers@...
DIRECTIONS: I-5: From I-5 Exit #142A (SR18 to Auburn) go to Exit “C St
SW” approx 4.4 miles… Turn right on C St SW, and go to Ellingson Road
approx 2 miles…Turn left at Ellingson Road to A St SE approx 1 block….
Turn Right at A St SE to Lakeland Hills Way approx 1.1 miles…. and then
turn left on Lakeland Hills Way and turn left on Oravetz approx 1 block,
and then left into Riverside High School parking lot. From SR167 North
or South. Take Pacific /Algona Exit on Ellingson St. go to A St SE
approx 1.3 miles and follow the above direction from A St SE.
This event is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association, part of
the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV), and counts towards
the acquisition of IVV achievement awards.
8/26/2006: DATE CHANGE Issaquah Public Market
City and State: Issaquah WA
Host Club: Northwest Striders
Distance and Trail Rating: 10k
Start Point Address / Driving Directions: Issaquah Public Market at
Pickering Farm 1730 10th Ave NW Issaquah, WA
Contact: Dick O'Connor , (425 ) 746 - 9641
Event Website: gowalkingwithnws.org
Amenities: Strollers: medium Wheelchairs: NO Pets: Yes Restrooms: Yes
Labor Day—September 2 & 3
Walk 1 (Sat. Sept. 2): 10 km and 5km; Rating 2 (NW06/74472)
Walk 2 (Sun. Sept. 3): 10 km; Rating 2 (NW06/74473)
Snoqualmie at the Gazebo on Railroad Ave.
9:00am to 1:00pm. Finish Table will be open no later than 4:00pm.
Walk 1 (74472): Sidewalks, trails and country roads, ending with a
stroll through downtown Old Snoqualmie. The 10K trail is extremely
difficult for strollers and wheelchairs. The 5K trail is rated “1+”, and
should be okay for strollers and wheelchairs.
Walk 2 (74473): Walk to the spectacular Snoqualmie Falls, and through
the scenic Snoqualmie Valley countryside on trails and roads. Stairs and
rough trail sections make this walk very difficult for strollers. It
should not be attempted by wheelchair participants.
These walks feature great river, forest and mountain views, photo
opportunities, and trainwatching and birdwatching opportunities. Bring
your camera and fieldglasses. After the walks, enjoy the restaurants and
shops of Old Snoqualmie. Visit the Northwest Railway Museum. Take a
train ride, or just check out the many engines and the large collection
of rolling stock.
Note that this event does not take place on Labor Day itself. Also
please note the 9:00 start time. Water will be available at start/finish
and at checkpoints, but walkers are also encouraged to carry water.
Restrooms at start/finish, and on the trail. Dogs permitted – owners
must comply with leash and clean-up laws and rules.
Mike Nagan (206) 935-3225
From I-90, take Exit #25 (Snoqualmie Parkway/SR18). Turn north on
Parkway, and go 3.7 miles to intersection with Railroad Ave. S.E. Turn
right and go into downtown Snoqualmie. The start/finish should be at the
gazebo at the corner of Railroad Avenue and King Street, across from the
Northwest Railway Museum. Parking is on the street or in the public lot
on the left as you enter town.
Walking Whidbey VolksFest
September 8-10, 2006
Five walk routes plus four Year-round events and at least one 5 km
Sanction Numbers: NW06-70712, NW06-70713, NW06-70714, NW06-70715, NW06-70716
Accommodations for the Walking Whidbey VolksFest: For more information
and links to individual web pages, visit the Central Whidbey Chamber of
Commerce website at www.cometocoupeville.com
A Multi-event, three-day festival of walks. A potluck Friday, a pasta
dinner Saturday evening a salmon BBQ and a free concert Sunday
afternoon. Five walk routes plus four Year-round events available for
those who want even more walking, Visit beautiful Whidbey Island for a
Volkswalking Extravaganza! See Washington's second oldest town with its
Victorian homes and small town stores. Walk across farm fields and to
the beach. See Jenne Farm, Admiralty Head Lighthouse and Fort Casey's
Artillery Bunkers. Fabulous Puget Sound and Mountain views on all walks.
And we haven't forgotten the fourth F in Volkswalking - Food!
The Trekkers are hosting a potluck dinner on Friday night, providing
lemonade, plates etc. Bring a dish to share and BYOB. On Saturday
evening Small Miracles is hosting a pasta dinner for $10. Small Miracles
provides assistance to people in the Coupeville area in need of medicine
and other medical care. All proceeds from the dinner go to Small
Miracles. On Sunday afternoon, The Town of Coupeville invites you to a
Salmon BBQ for $10 and a free concert in the park. Seating is limited
for the Pasta Dinner and the Salmon BBQ. Pre-registration is recommended.
Farm Heritage, 11 km rated 2, Canadian Rating: 2C. New Route. Walk along
country roads and across Sherman Farms in the Ebey's Landing Historical
Reserve to visit our agricultural culture past and present. See historic
Jenne Farm and pause for views across farmland to the Puget Sound,
Cascades and Olympics. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.
Special Programs: National Heritage Walk; US A-Z - "C", WA Challenges:
Island Co.; Flowers. NW06.
Whidbey Coast to Coast, 11/21 km rated 2, Canadian Rating: 2B. Walk on
paved and dirt paths and along country roads, across Ebey's Landing
Historical Reserve to Ebey's Landing beach. Watch for eagles, whales,
otters. Views overlooking Puget Sound to Port Townsend and the Olympic
Mountains. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Special Programs:
National Heritage Walk; US A-Z - "C", Washington Challenges: Island
County; Mountains, Trails, Parks, Oceans. NW06.
Historic Town of Coupeville 5/10 km rated 2+, Canadian Rating: 2B . New
Walk around Coupeville seeing many Victorian homes and along main street
to the much photo'd Penn Cove Dock. Views of Mount Baker and the Cascade
Mountains. Join Mayor Conard on Friday evening for a special walk on
this route. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Special Programs:
National Heritage Walk; US A-Z - "C" Washington Challenges: Island
County; Mountains, Trails, Parks, Flowers, Downtowns. NW06.
Fort Casey 5/10 km rated 2+, Canadian Rating: 2B (drive to start after
registering). Walk is entirely on roads and paths through Fort Casey
State Park and Seattle Pacific University land. Much of the walk is
through woods or along the cliffs overlooking the Puget Sound. View the
Fort Casey Artillery Bunkers and Admiralty Head Lighthouse. Not suitable
for strollers or wheelchairs. Special Programs: Lighthouse USA, National
Heritage Walk, US A-Z - "C" Washington Challenges: Island County;
Mountains, Trails, Parks, Oceans. NW06.
Penn Cove One-Way Walk 5/10 km rated 1+, Canadian Rating: 1B (SUNDAY
ONLY). This is a special walk with special times. Jump on the bus at the
Coupeville Recreation Hall and ride it 6.2 miles to the start of this
walk which will take you all along Penn Cove. Fabulous water and
mountain views the entire walk. Look for wildlife and Penn Cove Mussel
beds. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Special Programs:
National Heritage Walk; US A-Z - Washington Challenges: Island County;
Oceans, Mountains. NW06.
AWARD: This award stands alone or you can build onto it at every Whidbey
VolksFest. The first year award is cast metal with a 6" red, white and
blue ribbon. $3 pre-registered until Sept. 1. $4 purchased on-site. The
second year (and future years) is a cast metal foot with "2" or "3"
engraved and can be attached to the ribbon from the first year. $3 if
ordered by Sept. 1. $4 at event. How many feet will you get? If you have
been before and didn't buy the first year medal, you can buy both medals
this year (previous year registration verified on-site.
Shirts: T-shirts (100% cotton) and sweatshirts (50/50) are available in
island green and sea blue. With an outline of Whidbey Island and Walking
Whidbey VolksFest silk-screened on the front and our famous footprints
on the back. These shirts are sure to be a great reminder of a fun
weekend. $15 for a t-shirt, $20 for a sweatshirt. $1 discount if ordered
when you pre-register. Sizes M-XL, Quantities limited.
Door Prizes: Door prizes awarded throughout the weekend. All registered
walkers are eligible. PRE-Registered walkers are eligible for special
door prizes (Largest Group and Farthest Traveled) as well as several
specially selected, randomly drawn prizes.
Silent Auction: Take advantage of the silent auction during the weekend.
Many wonderful items are up for grabs and all proceeds go to local
charities. Donations of auction items happily accepted. Contact:
Volks-Ware for Sale all day: - http://volks-ware.com
Friday, September 8
Farm Heritage Walk. Start: 10 am - 1 pm. Finish: 4 pm.
Fort Casey Walk, Drive 5 miles to start after registering. Start: 10 am
- 1 pm. Finish: 4 pm.
Whidbey Coast to Coast Walk, Registration/Start: 10 am - 1 pm (10 am -
11 am for 21 km). Finish: 4 pm.
Coupville Mayor's Walk, Registration: 3-4 pm, Start: 4 pm, Finish: 7 pm.
Trekkers Potluck Dinner, 6 pm. Bring a dish to share and get together
with old friends or meet new ones! Lemonade, plates, utensils etc. provided.
Saturday, September 9
Farm Heritage Walk, Start: 8 am - 2 pm. Finish: 5 pm.
Whidbey Coast to Coast Walk, Start: 8 am - 2 pm (8 am - Noon for 21 km).
Finish: 5 pm.
Coupeville Town Walk, (10 km or 5 km alternative ). Start: 8 am - 2 pm.
Finish: 5 pm.
Fort Casey Walk, Drive 5 miles to start after registering.
Registration/Start: 8 am - 2 pm. Finish: 5 pm.
"Small Miracles" Benefit Pasta Dinner, 6 pm. Seating Limited.
Sunday, September 10
Penn Cove Walk, Special Event! Start: 8-10 am. Finish: 1 pm.
Farm Heritage Walk, Start: 8 am - Noon. Finish: 3 pm.
Fort Casey Walk, Start: 8 am - Noon. Finish: 3 pm.
Whidbey Coast to Coast Walk, Start: 8 am - Noon (8 am - 10 am for 21
km). Finish: 3 pm.
Coupeville Town Walk, Start: 8 am - 12 noon. Finish: 3 pm
Salmon BBQ in the Park, Presented By the Town of Coupeville. Begins at
1:30 pm. $10.00
Free Concert in the Park! Start: - 2 pm
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