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Diobsud Creek Rainforest Trail Maintenance, North Cascades

Saturday, April 26th, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Apr 26th 2014
Help with the annual upkeep of the delightful Diobsud Creek Trail in Skagit County, above a wild river gorge in one of the state's largest unprotected roadless areas. This trail is a well-kept secret for its mossy beauty, wildflowers, and ready access. Easy work and hike, no experience required, hand tools supplied. Please wear work clothes, gloves, and boots suitable for wet conditions. 3-4 mi rt. Meeting locations in Seattle and Sedro Woolley to carpool to trailhead. For directions and more information, contact Mark Lawler at 206-632-1550. (CH)

Non-Sierra Club Event - New Rock Trail Dedication at Larrabee State Park and Geology Hike With Dave Tucker

Saturday, April 26th, 9:15 am - 1:30 pm, Apr 26th 2014

Interesting new trail to hike in Larrabee State Park. The trail dedication is at 10 am on April 26th, connecting the Cyrus Gates Overlook to the South Lost Lake trail below - taking hikers past cliff bands over 100 ft. in height and geologic features that are a snapshot of climatic events millions of years ago. Trail traverses among moss and licorice fern, a maturing second-growth forest, and views of Mount Baker and the Twin Sisters on a clear day. Dave Tucker of NW Geology will lead the geology hike on the new trail after the dedication with Ken Wilcox. Bring water & lunch and dress for the weather. This outing is open to the public. Sierra Club contact is Terese VanAssche, for more information and to join our carpool from the Fairhaven Park & Ride to the trailhead. For more information contact me at terrasolutions@hotmail.com or 253-334-2157.

West Tiger Mountain Shuttle Hike

Saturday, April 26th, 11:30 am - 5:00 pm, Apr 26th 2014

Hike to West Tiger 2 and West Tiger 3 summits with transit shuttle; enjoy the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) in the Issaquah Alps.

 Join us for this spring hike on West Tiger Mountain that features a transit shuttle, climbs to both the WT2 and WT3 summits for views, and descends into Issaquah for a possible coffee shop stop before boarding the return bus. Find out the latest on Sierra Club advocacy around transportation and climate. The West Tiger NRCA features lakes, forested wetlands, several creeks, stands of Douglas fir with old growth characteristics, broadleaf trees bursting with new spring foliage, and a talus rock area.

Gray Wolf River Hike (South of Sequim)

Sunday, April 27th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Apr 27th 2014

Join me on a hike through the wonderful Lower Gray Wolf River valley.

This outing features old growth forest, silver river rocks and fluorescent green fauna.

Come on out to the Peninsula and see the Wild Olympics for yourself up close.

A good early season leg stretcher that goes roughly 4 miles one-way for a total of 8.5 miles.

Please RSVP at bill.volmut@gmail.com

A Day On the Skykomish River for Earth Week

Sunday, April 27th, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Apr 27th 2014

Join us for the day, Sunday, April 27th, on the North Fork of the Skykomish River to celebrate Earth Day just a few days past.

The North Fork of the Skykomish River is being considered for construction of a hydro-electric dam by the Snohomish Co. PUD, the local electric utility. We will visit some beautiful places that are in danger of being lost, covered by hundreds of feet of dammed water. We will have a knowledgeable local guide and cabin owner as our leader for the day.

Meet at 11:00am at the Espresso Cafe on Highway 2 at Milepost 36 near Index. From there we will caravan to the start of our day of exploration of river country. Possibly a little invasive plant removal and writing of post cards to the PUD commissioners. We will be hiking to various spots along the river, dress for the weather, bring water and snacks.

Wild Sky Wilderness Trail Maintenance - Saturday, June 28th

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)

Sauk Mountain Summer Wildflower Hike

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

SUNDAY On the River - North Fork Skykomish River, Index

Sunday, July 13th, 10:30 am - 6:00 pm, Jul 13th 2014
Join us for the day, Sunday, July 13th, on the North Fork of the Skykomish River.

The North Fork of the Skykomish River is being considered for construction of a hydro-electric dam by the Snohomish Co. PUD, the local electric utility. We will visit some beautiful places that are in danger of being lost, covered by hundreds of feet of dammed water. We will have a knowledgeable local guide and cabin owner as our leader for the day.

Meet at 11:00am at the Espresso Cafe on Highway 2 at Milepost 36 near Index. From there we will caravan to the start of our day of exploration of river country. We will be hiking to various spots along the river, dress for the weather, bring water and snacks. Low elevation gain, 5-7 miles total.

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