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North Olympic Group

The North Olympic Group was organized in 2010 and has quickly become a powerful voice for protecting the Peninsula's ecosystem. We have 850 members in Clallam and Jefferson counties. Our operations are governed by seven volunteers with lots of help by our conservation committees. We have no paid staff. Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of each month. All Sierra Club members are welcome (in fact encouraged) to attend. Since the locations change, it is best to contact one of the ExCom members to find the location of the next meeting.


Upcoming Meetings:

Next Executive Committee Meeting: The North Olympic Group Executive Committee meeting will be held Thursday, April 10th, 1:00 PM, in Port Townsend. All Sierra Club members are welcome. Contact Monica Fletcher for details.


Click here to read our March - April Newsletter.

Announcement! Check out the North Olympic Group's new Meetup site for the latest on planned outings and events. Click here to join.


Events and Outings:

April 27th, Gray Wolf River - 8 1/2 miles, moderate: Spring Woodland Flowers: A perfect early season leg-stretcher for all ages, this trip includes old-growth conifers, woodland flowers, cascading creeks, and plenty of good picnic spots along the way. Early portions of the trail include areas that would be protected as new wilderness under the Wild Olympics proposal. For details, contact Peter Guerrero at exploreolympics@gmail.com .

May 27th, Mt. Walker - 5 miles, moderate: Take the Bus: The eastern most peak in the Olympics with sweeping views of the Puget Sound lowlands and Hood Canal; it’s one of the best places in the state to see the coast rhododendron in bloom. This trip will be timed to coincide with Jefferson Transit’s bus schedule. For details, contact Peter Guerrero at exploreolympics@gmail.com.

June 15th, Upper S. Fork Skokomish River - 8 miles, moderate: Help Save This Spectacular Olympic Wilderness: A valley as wild as any in the adjacent national park with some of the biggest trees on the Peninsula and the wild Skokomish for a companion as it cascades through a narrow box canyon. This is an area that should have but designated wilderness but currently lacks protection. It is one of our hikes showcasing the importance of the Wild Olympics proposal. Olympic Park Associates is a co-sponsor of this event. For details, contact Peter Guerrero at exploreolympics@gmail.com.

July 13th, Grand Valley/Obstruction Peak - Up to 10 miles, strenuous: Alpine Meadows in Bloom: Sparkling alpine lakes adorning bold mountain faces along this mile-high valley. Wildflowers, old growth, alpine tundra, marmots and bear are all here in this outdoor cathedral. For details, contact Peter Guerrero at exploreolympics@gmail.com.

August 23rd, South Quinault Ridge/West Fork Humptulips River - 10 miles moderate, but requires numerous fords of the Humptulips: Help Save This Spectacular Olympic Wilderness: This remarkable area is home to one of the most extensive blocks of ancient rain forest not already protected by wilderness designation in the lower 48 states. Huge Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western red cedar trees are numerous, sometimes topping out at 300 feet and supporting girths of nine feet or more. This is the second hike showcasing the importance of the Wild Olympics proposal. Located on the west side of the Peninsula, participants may wish to spend the weekend at the historic Quinault Lodge or to camp at nearby Park Service campgrounds. For details, contact Peter Guerrero at exploreolympics@gmail.com.,


North Olympic Group Officers:


Chair: Monica Fletcher

Vice Chair: Robert Sextro

Secretary: Bill Volmut

Treasurer: Monica Fletcher


Executive Committee:


Norm Baker, Monica Fletcher, Peter Guerrero, Darlene Schanfald, Robert Sextro, Bill Volmut, John Woolley




Wild Olympics - Protecting our Ancient Forests and Rivers for Future Generations

On January 17th, 2013 Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Derek Kilmer introduced historic legislation to establish new Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River protections on the Olympic Peninsula. If passed, the bill would protect the first new Wilderness designations (more than 126,000 acres ) on Olympic National Forest in nearly 30 years and the first ever Wild and Scenic River designations (for 19 rivers and their tributaries constituting 464 miles of river) on the Olympic Peninsula. To learn more, visit the Wild Olympics website or visit their Facebook page.