262nd Avenue East, Ashford, WA
This is a professionally-guided hike sponsored by the Wolf College, and permissions have been secured from regulating agencies. Our four-hour hikes normally cost $45 per adult, and $35 per accompanied youth, but as part of our Northwest Nature Hikes kick-off, we are offering this hike to everyone at a $5 non-refundable administrative fee.
At the hike, we will also be collecting donations for Oso Landslide victims with which we will 1) forward 100% of your donation to friends at churchoftheearth.org where 100% of donations will go directly to landslide victims without any administrative costs, and 2) we will match your donation by putting the equivalent amount into our scholarship fund where all available funds in 2014 will be for use by families in the Oso-Darrington area to help send their children to our July 20-25 camps in Arlington.
Join us for another great hike with Kim & Chris Chisholm, specialists in survival, birding, wildlife tracking, wild edible and medicinal plants, and other outdoors skills they've gained from years as volunteers for King County Search & Rescue, as students of various schools and universities, as directors of the Wolf College since 1997.
The hike coincides with National Trails Day, and we'll be at the foot of Mt. Rainier where elk herds abound amongst myriad other animals. Everyone who arrives before 1:00 PM can help at the DNR National Trials Day Work Party where they plan to renovate a campsite and trail. At 1:00 Chris & Kim will give a primer on Navigation & Orienteering using Map & Compass as well as natural nav and risk management skills. At 1:30 we will begin hiking into the backcountry, keeping track of our progress using map, compass and smart phone gps maps where we will mark elk sign and sightings, but otherwise, focus mostly be on plants: the wild edibles and medicinals of the Mt Rainier area. Finally, if you would like to stay longer or camp overnight, Chris & Kim also plan to stay into the evening to continue working on projects the DNR had going today.
Hike Description & Maps: http://trailmeister.com/elbe-hills-sahara-creek-campground-wa/ and https://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/tag/national-trails-day/
Difficulty Level: Easy. Should normally be able to walk 3 miles with a day pack.
Required Gear: The 10 Essentials are highly recommended for every hike, including rain gear, waterproof hiking boots, and a headlamp among the other items. In addition, if you can arrive early and stay late, please bring work gloves, a rake and shovel and other tools to volunteer with us as part of National Trails Day, helping the DNR improve the trails and campground for everyone at Sahara Creek where there is no fee beyond the Discover Pass requirement.
Rules: Registration form with liability waiver must be signed at start of hike. Dogs are allowed on leash at all times.
Stump The Chumps: Have you ever wondered about the identity of plants and trees while you've been hiking, let alone their gifts of food, medicine and other uses? Have you ever noticed all the scratch marks on the ground and trees and wondered if they were made by bear, cougar, squirrel or porcupine? Have you ever gotten lost and wished you could remember how to use map and compass to find your way? Do you want to ensure greater health, safety and success on the trail with skills of wilderness survival and seasoned backcountry guides? See if you can "stump the chumps" by asking Chris & Kim all the questions you can think of during today's hike, and you might come away with what we hope will be one of the best hiking experiences of your life.
If you meet us at the hike location, then a Washington State Discover Pass is required, but otherwise, besides travel and acquiring your 10 essentials needed to be safe on any hike, there are no extra expenses unless you would like to donate to the Oso Landslide fund. Again, if you can arrive early and stay late, please bring work gloves, a rake and shovel and other tools to volunteer with us as part of National Trails Day, helping the DNR improve the trails and campground for everyone at Sahara Creek where there is no fee beyond the Discover Pass requirement.
Directions & Carpooling Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/7IArb Either meet directly at Sahara Creek DNR Horse Camp's covered picnic shelter at 12:00 Noon, or if you are coming from the north, then carpool at 11:30 from the Mountain Community Food Co-op, 105 Carter St E in Eatonville; or at 11:05 from the Fred Meyer, 22303 Mountain Hwy E in Spanaway; or at 10:40 from REI at 3825 S Steele St in Tacoma; or at 10:15 from Panera at 2107 S 320th St in Federal Way; or at 10:00 from the SeaTac Light Rail Station, 17580 International Blvd; or at 9:30 AM from the Eastgate Park & Ride near Bellevue Community College. There is also a carpool coming from South I-5 Portland-Kelso area. Contact for more information on that.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.