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.       .

Let's get out and hike, snowshoe, ski, or walk this winter. All trips through April are now open for sign-up on the Parks Registration site

Some trips have sections of driving on rough unpaved roads. I will try to point out when this is the case, but if nothing is mentioned, assume that the driving is mostly on good roads.

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Saturday, December 7  Hike - Guemes Island  (where is this?)     
Barcode #5278     9:00am - 4:30pm    

EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  The trail to the highest hill on Guemes Island is just a little over a mile and climbs about 400 feet or so. It's well-built and should be in good condition. There's no snow or ice at that elevation. After that short hike, we'll explore other areas on the island, and have time for a beach walk near the ferry landing before departing.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Wear good traction hiking shoes or boots, and use trekking poles for the ups and downs and occasional rough or slippery trail. We'll take the short ferry ride from Anacortes on the small county-run ferry, and will take the van with so we can drive on the island. A small store and restaurant is located near the ferry landing, and it should be possible to grab some food there if you're interested. We're not planning a group meal there, but if you want to get something, there should be adequate time. Look up the Guemes Island General Store for details.

Enjoy an island getaway to an off-the-beaten-path destination where you can relax away from hectic crowds. This peaceful, serene island is reached by a small county ferry that runs regularly from downtown Anacortes (no long wait!). We'll take a hilltop stroll to a terrific viewpoint and enjoy a nice beach walk. Registration includes ferry cost. Round trip: about 4 miles. Elevation gain: 400 feet.

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Sunday, December 8  Snowshoe - Heather Meadows - Bagley Lakes   (where is this?)   Barcode #5248        7:30am - 6:00pm     

EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  There's a few inches of snow at Heather Meadows, hopefully enough to get in some decent snowshoeing. More snow is on the way, so conditions should be OK for this trip. We'll start at the parking area next to Mount Baker Ski Area at 4250 feet and snowshoe the mostly open meadows near the Bagley Lakes, reaching a high elevation of about 4600 feet. Most of the terrain is gentle with some ups and downs. We'll make a loop route of about 2 miles on our tour around the meadows, and stay out for close to 4 hours.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Remember to reserve snowshoes ($8 rental fee) if you don't have your own to bring. Newcomers to snowshoeing are welcome on this trip. There's an intro class on December 4 that is helpful. It's not required to go, but is recommended if you haven't snowshoed before. To help everyone in prepping for the trip, consult this handy Snowshoers Checklist. Note that Heather Meadows is mostly open terrain and can be exposed to harsh weather. Good rain gear, warm mittens, full face and head protection, and goggles or other eye protection may be very important for your comfort. Make sure you study the weather forecast and are prepared for the conditions.

Frolic in the deep, soft powder near Mount Baker. This gorgeous area usually boasts the Northwest's deepest snow pack all winter. This tour will roam the lower meadows near Bagley Lakes. Round trip: 2 miles. Elevation gain: 400 feet.

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Tuesday, December 10  Walk - Puget Power Trail   (where is this?)   
Barcode #5244    8:30am - 12:30pm    
  

EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  The trails here at Tiger Mountain are frequently hiked throughout the year and are kept in good condition. There is no snow at this level. Expect possible muddy spots in places if we get wet weather, but most of the walking should be quite gentle and free of obstacles. We'll walk the Puget Power Trail, which is actually a wide gravel roadway, and also connect to other trails in the area. Elevation is around 500 feet above sea level most of the time.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Wear good traction shoes or boots, and take trekking poles for a little extra support and balance. 

Explore the wonderful hiking playground that is Seattle's "backyard wilderness," the Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah. With dozens of miles of trails covering thousand of acres of forest land, there's something for everybody. We'll walk a gentle series of trails and gated roads and watch for birds and other wildlife. Round trip: 3 miles. Elevation gain: 100 feet. 

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The giant mountain we all know and love has an irresistible attraction, and it's never more magical than when cloaked in enchanting winter white. Hit the slopes of The Mountain for snowshoeing at its very best. This tour  meanders the snowy meadows near Paradise, looping around the visitor center area. Fee includes NPS permit charges. Total mileage: about 2-3 miles. Elevation gain: up to 500 feet.

Saturday, December 14  Snowshoe - Mount Rainier - Paradise Area
(where is this?)     Barcode #5249    7:00am - 6:30pm   
EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  The Paradise area had about a foot of snow on the ground as of 12/4, and more snow is likely in the coming days, so expect reasonably decent conditions for snowshoeing.  We will start near the visitor center up there, elevation about 5400 feet. We'll do a loop route through meadows and occasional tree areas, with great views if the skies cooperate. 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Remember to reserve snowshoes ($8 rental fee) if you don't have your own to bring. Newcomers to snowshoeing are welcome on this trip. To help everyone in prepping for the trip, consult this handy Snowshoers Checklist. Note that Paradise is mostly open terrain and can be exposed to harsh weather. Good rain gear, warm mittens, full face and head protection, and goggles or other eye protection may be very important for your comfort. Make sure you study the weather forecast and are prepared for the conditions.

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Thursday, December 19  Walk - Leque Island - Stanwood Levee Trail  
(where is this?)       Barcode #5247     8:30am - 12:30pm    

EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  There has been a restoration project happening here to remove some dikes and let the salt water marshes return to their natural state. So if you were here in the past, it will look different now. There's a new parking area and a restored levee trail. It's fairly short (0.7 mile) but quite scenic and offers great bird-watching opportunities. Depending on the conditions, we may have time for a second stop at a nearby waterfront park. All of the walking should be easy and level, on nice crushed gravel surfaces. 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Wear good traction shoes or boots, and take trekking poles for a little extra support and balance. Dress warmly, since this is an open area on the water.

Discover why many avid local bird-watchers put this on their must-visit list for wintertime outings. As you walk the levee out to Port Susan Bay, watch for herons, eagles, owls, snow geese, plenty of other birds, AND great views of the Cascades in the distance. Round trip: 2 miles. Elevation gain: minimal. 

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We need 2 or 3 more signups before 12/17. Help save this trip!  It's nice and easy with great views.

Enjoy a quiet mid-week snowshoe tour on a mostly gentle road near the Mount Baker Ski Area. The awe-inspiring views of Mount Shuksan must be seen to be believed. Round trip: 1.5 - 4 miles. Elevation gain: up to 500 feet. 

Friday, December 20  Snowshoe - White Salmon Road   (where is this?)  
Barcode #5250      7:30am - 6:00pm   
EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  Snow depths in this area are a little slow to develop, but things could and should get better any day. Regardless, we'll have snow to snowshoe on here, and it should be nice conditions. We start near the lower Mount Baker Ski Area, just off Highway 542 at 3400 feet. We follow snow covered road and a short section of trail to reach the ski lodge at 3600 feet, then do an optional continuation up to some terrific views at 3800 feet.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:   Remember to reserve snowshoes ($8 rental fee) if you don't have your own to bring. Newcomers to snowshoeing are welcome on this trip. To help everyone in prepping for the trip, consult this handy Snowshoers Checklist.  Make sure you study the weather forecast and are prepared for the conditions.
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Sunday, December 22 Snowshoe - Skyline Lake and Ridge (where is this?Barcode #5251   7:00am - 3:30pm   

EXPECTED CONDITIONS:  The Stevens Pass area had just a few inches of snow in early December, but snow depths could and should get deeper as the month goes on. Our tour starts near the pass at about 4100 feet, climbs to the lake at about 5100 feet, and continues to big views from the ridge at about 5300 feet.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:   Remember to reserve snowshoes ($8 rental fee) if you don't have your own to bring. Newcomers to snowshoeing are welcome on this trip. To help everyone in prepping for the trip, consult this handy Snowshoers Checklist.  Make sure you study the weather forecast and are prepared for the conditions.

Experience spectacular vistas near Stevens Pass, as we climb away from ski area crowds to a ridge with panoramic views of the central Cascade Mountains crest. The abundance of snowshoe-friendly terrain makes every tour there a different adventure. Best for experienced snowshoers or those in good condition. Round trip: 3 miles. Elevation gain: 1,400 feet. 

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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