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Outing: Anderson-Watson Lakes Near Mt. Baker!

Saturday, August 2nd, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Aug 2nd 2014
Leader: Harry Romberg

Distance: 4 miles roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 1100ft

Highest Point: 4900ft.

Notes: Since this outing enters wilderness, we are limited on the number of people we can take. Animals are included in this limit number of 12 “heart beats” in any one party. Thus, dogs must be leashed in wilderness areas and are unfortunately discouraged for this hike so that we can save those spots for additional people. Thank you for understanding.

Full description with hike reports can be found on the Washington Trails Association Website.

NW SolarFest: Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair (Shoreline)

Saturday, July 26th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Jul 26th 2014

Head to the free NW SolarFest to learn about and celebrate renewable energy and sustainable living.

Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, Shoreline WA
Metro Route 5, 331 and 345 serve the college on Saturdays.

Hike to Summit Lake Thurs, July 17 (Tatoosh/Pierce Co)

Thursday, July 17th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Jul 17th 2014

We will be going to Summit Lake just outside Mount Rainier National Park off the Carbon River Rd. Please note: this is a different hike than the one described in the Rainier Review Newsletter. The forecast is for very hot weather so more canopy cover and less elevation gain is prudent. Round trip is 5 miles, elevation gain is 1200 feet. We will probably hike to the ridge above the lake, adding about a couple hundred feet and another mile RT. This really is a nice hike with great views of Mt Rainier on a clear day.

Contact Dorothy Walker, dorothyw@centurylink.net for details and to sign up by Tues., July 15.

Outing: Baker Lake - Maple Grove

Sunday, July 6th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Jul 6th 2014
Leader: Harry Romberg

Distance: 8 miles roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 500ft

Highest Point: 1000ft.

Notes: Since this outing enters wilderness, we are limited on the number of people we can take. Animals are included in this limit number of 12 “heart beats” in any one party. Thus, dogs must be leashed in wilderness areas and are unfortunately discouraged for this hike so that we can save those spots for additional people. Thank you for understanding.

Full description with hike reports can be found on the Washington Trails Association Website.

Celebrate Summer Potluck Picnic & Nature Walk (Kent)

Wednesday, July 9th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Jul 9th 2014

Please join the South King County Group for its annual Summer Picnic at Gary Grant Park near the northern end of the Soos Creek Park and Trail on SE 208th Street, just east of 135th Ave SE in Kent. We will celebrate our group’s accomplishments for the past year and enjoy an evening at the park. Please bring a dish to share. Mark Johnston will lead an easy nature walk along the beautiful Soos Creek Trail. New members are encouraged to join us. 6 PM until dark. For details, please contact Dorothy Johnston.

Sauk Mountain Summer Wildflower Hike (Skagit County)

Saturday, June 28th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Jun 28th 2014

Come and see the most unique and amazing views of the Skagit River ever, surrounded by the Cascades crown of mountains. Glorious early summer wildflowers should be in view. We will hike to the site of the old fire lookout atop Sauk Mountain looking over Sauk Lake. 6.3 miles RT with 1200 ft. elev. gain. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Good hiking footwear and poles are useful for the rocky trail section at the top. There may be snow on the trail at the very top, also.

All people are welcome on the hike, no dogs please. Sign up with leader Terese VanAssche at terrasolutions@hotmail.com or 253-334-2157. Meet in Sedro-Woolley at 8:30 am. (MB/ CH)

Wild Sky Wilderness Trail Maintenance (Index, US Hwy 2)

Saturday, June 28th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Jun 28th 2014
Enjoy views from ridgetops in Wild Sky Wilderness

Hike through ancient forest on the West Cady Ridge Trail, near Index. Help keep the Sierra Club's adopted trail in good shape and enjoy abundant birds and flowers among 650-year-old trees. We'll leave time to explore the ridge top and enjoy big views of our state's newest Wilderness area. 4-6 miles roundtrip. No experience required, all tools supplied. Contact Mark Lawler at 206 632-1550 (WA)

Soos Creek Park Restoration Event (Kent)

Saturday, June 14th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Jun 14th 2014

Meet at Gary Grant Park in Kent (on the north side of 208th street and just east of 132nd Street)

Sierra Club South King County Group and Rainier Audubon Society, in coordination with King County Parks, will be hosting a large habitat restoration event at Soos Creek Park. To reach the work site, just walk a few hundred yards on the trail south of the 208th Street parking lot.

The area where we’ll be working was previously infested with invasive non-native plants such as blackberries and scotch broom. Over the last several years we’ve cleared all that and replanted with native species. The focus of this event will be to remove newly rebounding populations of invasives and clear around our native plantings to assure the site continues to recover.

4 Under Forty: An Event to Honor Young Clean Energy Leaders (Seattle)

Thursday, June 12th, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Jun 12th 2014

You are invited to celebrate clean energy leaders at our 2nd annual 4 Under Forty event.

We are very pleased to recognize all the nominees and especially the 2014 honorees:

  • Tara Anderson, managing director of SustainableWorks
  • Jessica Finn Coven, Washington state director of Climate Solutions
  • Benjamin Otto, energy associate for the Idaho Conservation League
  • Gus Takala, senior energy management engineer for Puget Sound Energy

Make a difference for clean and affordable energy solutions while you enjoy drinks, food and great conversation with other clean energy leaders.

Snohomish County Coal and Oil Train Hazards (Everett)

Tuesday, June 10th, 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm, Jun 10th 2014

At the June meeting we will present findings from our Earth Week project: The Snohomish County Train Watch.