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Field Meeting: Puyallup Riverwalk Trail

This easy trail follows the south bank of the Puyallup River and gives access to large grassy fields (interspersed with dreadful blackberry thickets), riparian cottonwood forest with native shrub understory, and sandy/gravelly river banks. Scarabs Crawford & Schimming got nearly 40 spider species here in early June last year!

Saturday the 17th is the scheduled date, as per vote at March meeting. However, in case of rain we could reschedule to Sunday. Meet for carpooling at 9:30 AM on the north side of the Park & Ride Lot at Interstate 5 & NE 65th St., Seattle.

Bring water, lunch, sunscreen & insect repellant, dress for scram­bling, and plan to chip in for gas. If driving independently, we should be at the trailhead around 10:30 and somewhere up the trail by 11:00. This is a do as you will affair: collect insects, observe insects, picnic or whatever!

• Driving directions from rendezvous to Puyallup Riverwalk trailhead:

• Go west on 65th St. from park & ride, turn left onto Ravenna Blvd. and merge onto Interstate 5 southbound.

• Stay on I-5 southbound 15.8 miles, then exit (on left) to I-405 North Renton via Exit 154A.

• Stay on I-405 2.0 miles, then exit via Exit 2 to WA-167 South (Auburn/Kent).

• Stay on WA-167 for 20.3 miles (you are now in Sumner), then merge onto WA-512 W toward Puyallup/Olympia.

• Stay on 512/161 for 1.4 miles (crossing river) and take the Pioneer Ave. exit.

• Turn left on Pioneer Ave, proceed 2 blocks, then right on 5th St SE. In 3 blocks, turn right on 2nd Ave. NE. Go 3.5 blocks straight ahead on 2nd until you pass under elevated State 512 which you were just on. You are now in the trail parking lot.

• Trail is beyond rail fence on left-hand edge of lot, going eastward (right) past big blue-glass buildings. Best habitats are reached after a 1-mile walk but lesser woods and field habitats are passed along the way.

After we've visited this spot, or if people don't like it, there are undeveloped county parks to the east that look interesting, but have never been scoped out for bugs!

As always, all are welcome at Scarabs events, whether members or not. (Dues paying members get a newsletter by postal mail).

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  • Angela W.

    I thought it might be rainy, but it was a very nice day, and a pleasant trail.

    1 · May 19, 2014

    • Rod

      Angela: Carl Sander is still waiting to hear from you about that event in early July. I meant to mention it on the trail but forgot until you were just out of sight!

      May 19, 2014

  • Jaime

    My son thanks you for the experience! He had so much to share with me about the spiders and the neat methods for finding insects. He's further inspired. :)

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Rod

    There was nobody at the P&R (unless they missed me) except me and my new friend Sarah. However, in all 6 of us trickled in to the trailhead, the 2 of us plus Angela, Richard and 2 new people from meetup. Richard and Angela were waiting just out of sight of us so we didn't actually meet until both parties had hiked the trail... Sarah and I went on to a second site and got 28 spider species there. No drop of rain fell!

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Richard

    Too bad more people didn't come. Weather was great. With Angela Winner's help, I found and photographed at least 27 bugs. IME that's a winning field trip!

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Carolyn H.

    Conflicting event. The Disneyana Fan Club is meeting at our house. Hope to make another field trip.

    May 16, 2014

  • Richard

    Looks like rain in the afternoon. Sunday is no better. Bring a poncho!

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Sandra Lynn M.

    Was psyched about this, but just got Called into work for that day. Next one!

    May 7, 2014

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