Wednesday Evening Walk -Pipers Creek , Carkeek Park - Seattle

  • May 29, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • QFC

For the remainder of May, let's do a series of river (or creek) walks.  Most of these are flat and paved for the majority of the way.  We will walk 3-5 miles, in about 1.5 to 2 hours (starting promptly at 7 we will be done by 9pm)

This week let's do the Pipers Creek Trail in Carkeek Park and more trails in the park as time allows. You will have to work a little harder on this walk and it is not paved.  The Piper's creek trail has an initial down hill and then is fairly flat and nicely graveled (should be stroller friendly). The trails up out of the park that run the perimeter of Carkeek are a little rougher and more strenuous.  Come and do what you can, this is a gem of a park.

ABOUT CARKEEK PARK

This popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Explore the secrets of this northwest Seattle watershed, nine miles from downtown. Here, 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach are formed by the magic of water and time. Come take part in an education program, have a picnic, or get involved as a volunteer teacher or as part of an outdoor work party. Walk the Pipers Canyon Story Trail, play on the uniquely salmon themed play area, or touch time at the historic Piper Orchard.

In Carkeek Park, years of hard work by neighbors and volunteers have brought salmon back to Pipers Creek, restored major portions of the forest, built miles of trails, created sustainable gardens, educated visitors, and restored a unique fruit orchard. Come join this vigorous group through the contact information above!

Carkeek Park: a treasure chest of wonders waiting to be discovered.

DIRECTIONS

Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park, Seattle, WA, a historic fruit orchard, may be reached from Carkeek Park’s lower meadow parking lot ( Seattle Park’s directions to Carkeek here ), by walking up along Piper’s Creek.  There’s also a new trail leading down from the park entrance (near the Environmental Learning Center).  An alternative way to reach the orchard is by following the ravine from the park’s small southerly McAbee entrance.  The McAbee parking lot and trailhead are behind the QFC from Holman Road, off of NW 100th Pl. at 6th Ave. NW.

Remember that the weather is getting warmer and access to the river may not always be possible (but is in some cases) so bring along water for your dogs and yourself.

Dogs in attendance must be leashed and have their owner present.

Children under the age of 12 must be in a stroller, leashed or have a separate handler than the dog. They are not allowed to walk the dog and must be respectful and stay away (unless invited) from dogs that are not their own.

We will make it a priority to walk as a group.  Paces may be a little different but I will stop along the way for others to catch up.  Everybody needs to watch out for others.  Let somebody know if you need a break or are going to turn around/

Please check email or this site the day of the event for any last minute changes or cancellations due to weather, road closures, illness, etc.  I will try to post last minute details by 7am.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Expecting mud but really not bad at all. Impressed at the support & camaraderie, waiting when one had a difficulty and such. What a gem of a park with many childhood memories for me. Thanks Kathy!!

    2 · May 30, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Thanks all, for coming out to this little hike. We will do the other half of this Park on another evening. See you all on another adventure soon.

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Patricia

    sorry for late cancellation - I need to stay at work longer than planned

    May 29, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    I'll be there.

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • Susan Y

    Sorry last minute listing appointment

    May 29, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Had to pull out of this, Fergus is a little lame after a long hike this weekend. Hopefully see you this weekend.

    May 28, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      I am sorry and I hope you all get through this quickly

      May 29, 2013

    • Patty

      Sorry about Fergus I had Hurley do that once, but he was going after a cat. There little leg's are not spring boards. Hope Fergus is better, I also lost your number so call me and I will send those pictures to you.

      May 29, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Weather tomorrow is looking crummy all day but is supposed to ease up later in the day. Please check back here after 5. I will leave the decision to cancel or not until then.
    Remember, park at the back of the QFC parking lot on Holman Road. The trailhead is just behind there, but there is only parking for about 4 cars. Do not congregate at the trailhead, there is a grumpy neighbor that will come over and threaten to call animal control if you dog barks more than once. We will get the dogs out of the cars when everybody is gathered and we are ready to start. Right at 7, we don't wait around because I need to get home to bed. :)
    Look for my blue Hyundai Tucson.

    May 28, 2013

  • Sandy P.

    Just got back from east coast and have double-scheduled myself so will miss this one. Next time.

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    yes, she's a little flat-coat!

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a 4 month old puppy with lots of pep! Is it ok to bring her?

    May 23, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Is it a flat-coat puppy?

      May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I grew up 1 mile from the ol' Arts, now QFC. If I am not needed to support elder-care, I will be there.

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn I forgot my granddaughter takes the dog to dog show lessons on Wednesdays. So I can't do Wednesdays :-((

    May 22, 2013

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