Hike of the Week Fridays -Tolt Pipeline Trail- Duvall

  • July 25, 2014 · 10:00 AM

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP.

Because I need something rather easy and close in as I have a major hike planned for Saturday I nabbed this off another meet up group:

Walk the Eastern-most section of Tolt Pipeline from Duvall- Start time: 10AM

http://www.traillink.com/trail/tolt-pipeline-trail.aspx

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/tolt-pipeline-trail

Tolt Pipeline Trail The Tolt Pipeline Trail runs almost 14 miles between the cities of Bothell and Duvall alongside Seattle's Tolt Water Pipeline, and is popular with off-road bicyclists, equestrians, and hikers who like the trail's straight, east-west alignment, varied terrain, and rustic ambiance.

 The trail offers territorial views of distant Seattle and the Cascades. The route has some steep grades and roadway detours.


   This time we will walk to the very end of the Tolt Pipeline Trail!  In that area, the hills are less frequent and more gentle and the surroundings are all nature, with few homes visible here and there.  It is a very peaceful walk, during which you can set your own pace, as we will be backtracking on the return.

Directions:   When in Duvall, on Main Street NE, turn East on NE Big Rock Road at the Safeway, and drive 2.2 miles. Make sure you stay on NE Big Rock Road, (there is just one intersection, right before the pipeline, but just stay on the main road). At the pipeline, we will be parked on the left side, but either side is fine.


Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants  should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.


CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.


HIKER ESSENTIALS
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
FOOD, WATER,
EXTRA CLOTHING,
RAINGEAR,
FLASHLIGHT, MATCHES,
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
EMERGENCY SHELTER

 
Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.


Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike and have their owner present. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others

Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.


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  • Kathy L.

    Nice, easy walk today. Nice meeting you Scott and Liz. Thanks for coming out and exploring with me today. I think all the dogs had a blast.

    July 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been throwing up since 8 PM. Very sad to pull out as I was almost there this time! Argh. Soon, soon.

    July 25

  • Kathy L.

    Duvall!!! Good catch, Denis. Like to know who actually reads my posts.
    Meet at Duvall Safeway. Only 2 miles from trailhead

    July 24

  • Kathy L.

    Meet at the north bend safeway at 10 am. Not been there before but park at the perimeter nearest Big Rock Road. Look for my nautical blue Hyundia Tucson. You can then follow me to our destination so we all end up in the same spot at the same time.
    We should be at the trailhead about 10:15. If you are not meeting at safeway please let me know so I am not looking for you.
    My phone is[masked] if you can't find me.
    You shouldn't need anything special for this hike, just good shoes, water for yourself and dogs and snacks if you think you may get hungry in two hours which is about how long we should be moving.
    Sunscreen/bug spray may be necessary. Let's hope so for the former and hope not for the later.
    See you in the morning.

    July 24

  • Scott D.

    it would be easier for me to rendezvous at the trailhead instead of Safeway parking lot...what is your eta at trailhead, 10:10, 10:15?

    July 24

    • Kathy L.

      OK see you there, Scott, 10:15 ish.

      July 24

  • Denis

    Hi Kathy, how long in miles and time will this hike take?

    July 24

    • Kathy L.

      Denis, I am planning on walking about an hour max before turning around. So probably. 4-5 miles. 2 hr hike time. Taking it easy today as I have a big hiking weekend planned

      July 24

    • Denis

      Thanks, then I will go.

      July 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fridays student cancelled so I believe we ( pup and person) can make it to this one.

    July 24

  • Robbyn and Steve B.

    Kathy is this a very difficult or is it on the flatter side?

    July 19

    • Kathy L.

      I have not done this section of the tolt pipeline trail. The other parts I have done had some steep hills but the reports are that the hills are gentler on this end. Whatever that means.

      July 20

    • Robbyn and Steve B.

      Well we will give it a try we can always turn back.

      July 20

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