Upcoming Trips

For your safety and that of the group, you should be well prepared for your trip, and know all the material under the "Preparing for a Trip" menu button above. If you catch any errors on this page, hit the "Contact Me" menu button above and let me know so I can fix things.

 

Click the "I'D LIKE TO GO" button to open the on-line registration site. You will have to enter the trip barcode number there to bring up the trip and register for it. Most trips are priced in the range from about $35 - $55.

 

Note that I'll TRY to post info for trips at least one week in advance, but I can't guarantee it will always happen. Sometimes I'm just leading too many trips to get all this computer stuff done! I appreciate your patience.       .

Feeling those mid-winter doldrums?  Lots of fun activities going on in the next few weeks-- snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hikes, and walks. Most trips have openings, so ward off that cabin fever and join us for a nice day out in the great outdoors.  See the Parks Registration site
It's not too early to start thinking of summer hiking. A preview of my summer (May through August) schedule can be found by clicking HERE​.   Start marking your calendars now!
(Note that Overnighter to Cathedral Provincial Park has been changed to July 31- Aug. 3)
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Thursday, March 5  Snowshoe - Mount Rainier - Paradise Area  (where is this?)   Barcode #6097        7:00am - 6:30pm     Snowshoers: ALWAYS bring sunglasses!

EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  The road has been repaired, and access to Mount Rainier has been restored. There's over 15 feet of snow on the ground at Paradise, so snowshoeing should  be wonderful. We'll drive to the Paradise area at around 5400 feet in elevation, and snowshoe around the meadows with mild ups and downs. Remember that the terrain is fairly exposed the weather, so study the forecast and be prepared for the conditions.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Wear good traction shoes or boots, and take trekking poles for a little extra support and balance. Remember to reserve snowshoes and poles ($8 rental fee) if you don't have your own to bring. To help everyone in prepping for the trip, consult this handy Snowshoers Checklist.  If conditions cause the road to Paradise to be closed, we will find an alternate tour in the Longmire area.

Don't miss the chance to world-class snowshoeing right in our backyard! On spectacular Mount Rainier, the snow piles up to 15-feet deep (or more), usually blanketing everything in sight. We'll try a pair of moderate-difficulty tours to Paradise Valley on Jan. 12 and Reflection Lake on Feb. 15. For a somewhat shorter and easier tour, choose the Paradise-area trip on March 5. Our tour around the Paradise area is about 2 miles in length, with around 300 feet elevation gain.

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We've got several openings for this trip. Join us for a special evening on the snow.
Saturday, March 7 Snowshoeing- Moonlight Tour to Gold Creek Pond 
(where is this?)    Barcode #6113     3:00pm - 9:30pm    Remember to bring a headlamp or flashlight

EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  We'll head out to Gold Creek Valley near Snoqualmie Pass in late afternoon / early evening, around 5:00 or so. The route is nearly flat and easy as we snowshoe to the Gold Creek Pond and take the loop trail around the pond. Sunset is at about 6:00, and so the light will fade and the moonlight will take effect (hopefully) while we're out there. We'll wrap up the tour around 7:30. There's good snow cover at Gold Creek area, so conditions should be fine for snowshoeing.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Wear good traction shoes or boots, and take trekking poles for a little extra support and balance. Remember to reserve snowshoes and poles ($8 rental fee) if you don't have your own to bring. To help everyone in prepping for the trip, consult this handy Snowshoers ChecklistNote that the tour takes place BEFORE the Daylight Savings Time change. Don't forget to bring a headlamp or flashlight for finding your way after dark. 

Experience the magic of moonlight snowshoeing with us on either (or both) of our special Saturday evening outings. The March 7 tour visits Gold Creek Pond near Snoqualmie Pass, a nearly flat, easy route for beginners or inexperienced snowshoers. The April 4 tour heads for Heather Meadows and Panorama Dome near Mount Baker and is best for more experienced winter travelers. Bring a headlamp for finding your way after nightfall. The tour is about 2 miles, with minimal elevation gain.

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Monday, March 9  Walk - Gene Coulon Beach Park     (where is this?)      
Barcode #6073      8:30am - 12:30pm     
EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  Most of the walking here at this park along Lake Washington is on paved walkways and is very easy. The bird-watching is excellent. It doesn't take long to cover the park, so we may have time to visit other trails in the area.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Wear good traction shoes or boots, the more waterproof the better. Trekking poles may be useful for some of you, though most will find them unnecessary. Lots of birds to see, so maybe bring binoculars.

Find a surprising bit of peacefulness at the southern tip of Lake Washington. This City of Renton park, bustling with beach-goers in the summer, is a quiet oasis for waterfowl and walkers in the winter. Round trip: 3 miles. Elevation gain: minimal. 

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Thursday, March 12  Snowshoe - V.E.S.T. (Very Easy Snowshoe Tour) to Lake Keechelus, lunch at Riverbend Cafe   (where is this?)     Barcode #6110      9:00am - 3:00pm    
EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  There's plenty of good snow at Snoqualmie Pass, and conditions for snowshoeing couldn't be better. We'll head to the Hyak Sno-Park at 2600 feet and follow the Iron Horse Trail to the shore of Lake Keechelus. The tour is fairly flat and easy throughout. After maybe 90 minutes out, we'll drive back to North Bend for lunch
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:   Wear good traction shoes or boots, and take trekking poles for a little extra support and balance. Remember to reserve snowshoes and poles ($8 rental fee) if you don't have your own to bring. To help everyone in prepping for the trip, consult this handy Snowshoers Checklist. If you want to check out the Riverbend Cafe menu, click here.

Take it easy on short and very gentle snowshoe walks designed for people who are apprehensive about the longer treks. If you can walk one mile on dry land, then you can do this! We'll help you put on your snowshoes and guide the way. After up to about 90 minutes on the snow, we'll return to the van and head for lunch together at a nearby restaurant. It's great for the young (age 6 and up) and the young at heart!

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Saturday, March 14  Snowshoe- Hurricane Ridge   (where is this?
Barcode #6101      7:00am - 7:30pm      Snowshoers: Always ALWAYS bring sunglasses!
  

EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  Snow conditions are great at Hurricane Ridge, with over 8 feet of snow on the ground as of March 1st. We'll drive to the visitor center at 5200 feet elevation, and follow the route of the road beyond there. It's an up and down tour that is mostly pretty gentle but will give you a workout on the uphills. Remember to check the weather forecast and be prepared for possible cold, windy, or stormy conditions.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Wear good traction shoes or boots, and take trekking poles for a little extra support and balance. Remember to reserve snowshoes and poles ($8 rental fee) if you don't have your own to bring. To help everyone in prepping for the trip, consult this handy Snowshoers Checklist. We'll plan to take the 7:55am ferry in Edmonds (email me if you want to arrange to be picked up near there), and will return on the 5:30 or 6:10 ferry in the evening. Note that the park service sometimes closes the Hurricane Ridge Road during storms (with very short advance notice), so we may do an alternate tour if this is the case.

Experience the exhilaration of reaching the breathtaking, mile-high winter view from Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles. This is THE place to snowshoe in the Olympic Mountains. Our tour of the Hurricane Ridge Road beyond the visitors center is about 2.5 miles round trip, 600 feet elevation gain. Registration includes ferry fees.

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Sunday, March 15  Snowshoe - Heather Meadows / Artist Point
(where is this?)     Barcode #6175    7:00am - 6:30pm    Snowshoers: Always ALWAYS bring sunglasses!

EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  It's prime time for snowshoeing at Heather Meadows, with over 15 feet of snow on the ground, and more arriving on just about a daily basis. Our tour starts at the Mt. Baker ski area parking lot at 4200 feet, and heads out through mostly open meadow terrain, steadily climbing to Artist Point at about 5200 feet. The weather will call the shots on this tour, as it could be gloriously sunny or blizzard-like, but we'll make it fun regardless. Still, you need to be well-prepared, so know the weather forecast and bring the necessary clothing and other gear.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Wear good traction shoes or boots, and take trekking poles for a little extra support and balance. Remember to reserve snowshoes and poles ($8 rental fee) if you don't have your own to bring. To help everyone in prepping for the trip, consult this handy Snowshoers Checklist.  If the weather looks cold or stormy, it's important to have full head-to-toe protection, including sunglasses or ski goggles, a balaclava or other face coverage, warm mittens, and good outer layers.

Frolic in the deep, soft powder near Mount Baker. This gorgeous area usually boasts the Northwest's deepest snow pack all winter, and the scenery here in the heart of the North Cascades can't be beat. The tour to Artist Point is about 4 miles round trip, gaining about 1000 feet of elevation.

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Hike the flanks of a wild and scenic river near Darrington. The gentle trail through verdant old growth forest is a beautiful and easy corridor. It is one of the best places to escape into the mountains at a time of year when winter is just beginning to relax it's grip. Round trip: 4-6 miles. Elevation gain: 50 feet. 

Tuesday, March 17  Hike - Sauk River Trail    (where is this?)       
Barcode #6055      8:30am - 4:00pm   

EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  This is a low elevation old growth forest hike at only 600 feet and should be snow free. Expect the trail to be in generally good condition, but with areas that are wet or muddy, and some minor blow downs over the trail. The most recent report I've seen is from January, and they mentioned some minor obstacles, but nothing major. We'll start from the trailhead closest to Darrington, hiking the 3-mile length of the trail back and forth. There's almost no elevation gain. Hopefully we'll see a few signs of spring in the forest.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:   Wear good traction boots, the more waterproof the better. Use trekking poles to help on slippery or sloppy spots. Gaiters will probably help your pant legs stay drier and cleaner.

To see descriptions of more upcoming trips, go to the Everett Parks and Rec trips registration site:    
https://secure.rec1.com/WA/everett-wa/catalog

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