SKAGIT AUDUBON HIKING
By Joan Melcher
Hikes continue in December with 4 hikes scheduled. Hikes may be canceled or destinations changed due to weather, logging, construction or unforeseen circumstances. A hike will be canceled if there are high wind warnings, flooding conditions, or snowy or icy road conditions, or forecasts of heavy rain. All the hikes are on a Wednesday EXCEPT FOR THE DECEMBER 26th HIKE WHICH IS ON A THURSDAY. Note: The JANUARY 2, 2014 HIKE IS ON A THURSDAY also. Questions? Contact JOAN MELCHER, 360-424-0407 or e-mail at email@example.com
Dogs are discouraged on Audubon-sponsored hikes. If dogs are on a hike, they must be on a leash at all times.
WED. – DEC. 4 EAST SHORE of LAKE WHATCOM or STEWART MOUNTAIN
1. East Shore of Lake Whatcom This hike is a fairly level hike among trees beside the east shore of Lake Whatcom. It is 6.25 miles round trip with little elevation gain.
2. Stewart Mountain This hike begins in the same area as the East Shore of Lake Whatcom hike, but it goes up hill on the new Beke Trails and on the power line road. Most of this hike is on trail. It is a 5 mile round trip.
For both hikes, meet at 9 a.m. at the new Chuckanut Drive park-n-ride lot. This lot is on the east side of I-5, off Exit 231 of I-5. Car pool according to which of the two hikes you plan to do. You may leave when all in your car are safely back to the trailhead.
WED. – DEC. 11 DECEPTION PASS AREA
Hike on trails at Sharp’s Park, Pass Lake, Rosario, and Bowman’s Bay. The hike is up to 10.7 miles with a 1,000 ft. total elevation gain. Meet at 9 a.m. at Sharpe’s Park trailhead off of Rosario Road south of Anacortes. Parking is limited at Sharpe’s Park so please car-pool if possible. Joan will shuttle anyone who wants to walk between Sharp’s Park and the park access off the Ginnett Road and, at the end of the hike, from Rosario up to Sharp’s Park. Contact Joan Melcher (see above) if you need driving directions to Sharpe’s Park. Joan’s last shuttle will leave Rosario at 2:30 p.m. A Washington State Discover Pass is required for your vehicle, if you park in Deception Pass State Park..
WED. – DEC. 18 PADILLA BAY SHORE TRAIL
Take some time out from a busy pre-Christmas week and spend the morning walking from the Breazeale Nature Center south along the Padilla Bay dike and back, an easy 6.7 miles. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Breazeale Nature Center in Bayview. Leave when you return to your car.
THURSDAY – DEC. 26 CENTENNIAL TRAIL
Hike 8 miles round trip on the Centennial Trail in northern Snohomish County from the Nakashima Barn trail head just south of the Skagit/Snohomish County Line to Bryant and back. The big red Nakashima Barn, the large parking area, and the trail head are on the west side of Highway 9 near milepost 37.2. From I-5 take Exit 212, the Stanwood-Bryant exit, go EAST on the State Route 532 to Bryant. At Highway 9 turn LEFT and drive north a few miles to the Nakashima Barn and trailhead which will be on your left. Meet there at 9 a.m. You are free to leave when you return to the trailhead.
THURSDAY – JAN. 2 DUGUALLA STATE PARK
Spend part of a short day-light day at Dugualla State Park, a little-known park north of Oak Harbor. The park’s several miles of trails meander through an alder grove, a wetland area, and offer a more challenging, steep trek to a secluded beach. Meet at Dugualla State Park at 9 a.m. From SR20 traveling from the north, turn left onto Sleeper Road. Continue on Sleeper Road approximately 2.6 miles until it dead-ends at a metal gate. If you do all the loops, there are 6 miles of trail with a 500 ft. elevation gain.
A Washington State Discover Pass is required for your vehicle.