May 5, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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Spring has sprung and it's time to get outside, breathe fresh air, look for spring wildflowers and enjoy the beauty of Washington. Join us for our first E-A-S-Y hike of the season on the Sequalitchew Creek Trail.
This path has it all: scenic beauty as you follow Sequalitchew Creek, a wide even pathway, historic sites, abandoned railways and a shipwreck on the beach. There's even an old concrete tunnel to pass through before you arrive at a gorgeous beach with views of Anderson Island and the Olympics. When we scoped out the trail last month, we found lots of beach glass for you collectors in the group.
About the trail: it's 1.5 miles from the trailhead to the beach, so 3 miles round trip. It's an easy grade and fairly level; however, it is heavily used by families, joggers and bikers, so you may need to give way. NOTE THERE ARE NO BATHROOMS. The Sequalitchew Creek Trail is the remnants of the graded hillside that accommodated the DuPont Powder Works narrow gauge railroad. The foundation of the steam engine cooling station still remains as well as the DuPont Lower Power Plant and Iron Bridge.
Before the DuPont Company purchased this land in the early 1900's it was home to the Sequalitchew Tribe and later the Hudson Bay Company.
Sequalitchew Creek is about 35-40 minutes past Gig Harbor, so we'll meet there for carpools. Come prepared to drive, but if you are a rider, please chip in $5 to help pay for the bridge toll and gas. We plan to stop at the McDonald's in Dupont Station Center just before the trailhead for those needing a bathroom break and to caravan to the trailhead. For those of you wanting to meet at the trailhead, we should be there and ready to start by 11:30 a.m.
Please plan to bring your essentials, including water and a sack lunch.
We will also stop at Starbucks in the Dupont Station Center for coffee and bathroom breaks on the way home - bring money if you want to indulge!