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
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.
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
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.