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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

As usual, weather, logging, construction or other unexpected conditions might cause changes or cancellations in the following hikes. If you have questions or want information on any of the hikes, call JOAN MELCHER, 360-424-0407, or e-mail  All the hikes are on a Wednesday. Dogs are discouraged on Audubon-sponsored hikes. If dogs are on a hike, they must be on a leash at all times.  

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MAY 18  EBEY’S LANDING*, CEMETERY  & PRATT LOOP   This hike will begin at Ebey's Landing parking area and it will include the side trip to the cemetery, the Pratt Loop, the Bluff Trail and return to the cars by way of the beach.    Up to 7.6 miles.  Meet at 9 a.m. at the March Point Park-n-Ride.  (At the stop light at the intersection of HWY 20 and the Christianson and March Point Roads, turn RIGHT and then an immediate RIGHT turn onto the frontage road and soon turn LEFT into the Park-n-Ride.)  OR  meet at Ebey’s Landing at 9:45 am.  Discover Pass required to park at Ebey Landing but not on the side of the road along the beach.  Low tide of  minus 3 feet at noon.  No specific return time.

Wed. May 18, 2022 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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MAY 25      LILY LIZARD LAKES LOOP (The LLLL)  OR  TRAILHEAD TO SAMISH OVERLOOK.*  The instructions for this  Loop are written in a clock-wise order.   OPTION 1: On Blanchard Mountain hike the Lily Lake, Larry Reed, and Max’s Shortcut Trails to Lily Lake and then on to Lizard Lake by way of a connector trail from the North Butte Trail.  Return to trail head via the Lizard and Lily Lake Trails.  8.6 mile loop, 1600 ft. total el. gain.  Opportunity to go to the Oyster Dome and the North Butte as well.    We will divide into a faster and slower group; car pool accordingly.  2:00 pm return to trailhead for the faster group; 3:00 pm for the slower group.  Option II: Instead of climbing up to the Lakes, one can hike to the Samish Overlook and back.  6.2 miles round trip, 500 ft el gain. 2 pm return to trailhead.  For both options :  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at. the Chuckanut Drive park-n-ride, exit 231 from I-5 on the east side of I-5.  Discover Pass required to park at the trailhead.   Moderate to difficult for both options.

Wed. May 25, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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San Juan Island

Hike on trails at American Camp, Whale Watch Park/Limekiln State Park, and English Camp.   

Drivers should make a reservation, the sooner, the better, for both the outbound and return ferry trips.   Car pools need to be established before the day of the hike; no ferry walk-ons as we will need cars on the Island.  Drivers can notify me, Joan Melcher, see above, if they have room for riders.  People who wish to ride can notify me and I will put you on a waiting list.  Due to the pandemic and lack of ferry personnel, ferry runs can be delayed or canceled at any time so be prepared for that.   

The best sailing time from Anacortes is the 8:30 am run, arriving at San Juan Island at 9:35 am.  Three return times depending on how much time you wish to spend on the Island----4:15 pm arriving in Anacortes at 5:40 pm; 6:25 pm sailing arriving at 7:50 pm.; 7:45 pm sailing arriving at 9:05 pm.    Cost of ferry fare for the vehicle will be split among the riders; each person will pay their own individual fare.  

Wed. Jun 1, 2022 8:30 am - 9:30 am
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Lost Lake Trail

Hike to a mirror lake in a rock trench on Chuckanut Mountain.  Both options below will utilize the Rock Trail completed in 2014, connecting the Cyrus Gates Overlook with the Lost Lake Trail in the trench below.  Discover Pass required for those parking in Larrabee State Park**.   Discover Pass not required for those parking in the North Chuckanut parking lot.  

Two options:   Option I is a STRENUOUS 10-mile hike with an elevation gain of 2400 feet.  Option II is a much less strenuous 7.2-mile hike with several hundred feet of elevation gain.  

For Option I (strenuous) meet at 8:30 am at the Lost Lake parking lot (formerly known as the Clayton Beach lot) at the south end of Larraee State Park off Chuckanut Drive.  Return time for this hike will be 3 pm.  For Option II meet at 9 am at the North Chuckanut parking lot located on the east side of Chuckanut Drive between the Old Samish Highway and California Street.  This is about milepost 18.5.  Option II hikers will pool rides and drive to the Cyrus Gates Overlook where the hike will begin.  Return time to the North Chuckanut parking lot will be 2 pm.  Drivers will need to be shuttled back to the Cyrus Gates Overlook.    Moderate to difficult for Option II.

Wed. Jun 8, 2022 8:30 am - 9:30 am
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Skagit River Gorge

This hike will begin and end near the North Cascade Institute above Diablo Dam.  Hike 2.9 miles (about 800 ft total el gain) east to the Ross Dam Viewpoint near the power lines or 4.1 miles (about 1600 ft total el gain) east to the Skagit River.   Great views of the Skagit River Gorge along the way.    There should be wildflowers.  

Meet at 8:00 a.m. on the east side of the Sedro-Woolley Food Pavilion parking lot.  Return to cars by 2:00 pm. Everyone is to wait for all to return safely before leaving.   Be sure to check for ticks on your body after the hike.

Wed. Jun 15, 2022 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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