Distance: 9 Miles.
Elevation Gain: 1100 feet.
Stairs: 1000. (yes, I counted them!)
Pace: 3-3.5 MPH.
Terrain: Gravel, dirt trails, paved surfaces and 1000 stairs!
This is a fast-paced hike averaging 3-3.5 mph and is intended as a workout. This hike and pace is not meant for meanders, casual strollers, or those not already physically active. I am looking for other strong hikers who wish to do the same.
We will meet @ Woods Coffee Shop in Blvd. Park. No parking pass is required. Summertime is a busy time at Blvd Park, so please arrive early to find parking on State Street or nearby in case lot is full.
We will leave on time, so please allow extra time if unfamiliar with the area.
This is a stair workout, hiking up 1000 stairs (I don't count the stairs going down) through Bellingham's South Hill Western Washington University and the Sehome Arboretum. This is a fast-paced hike. Expected pace is 3 MPH up stairs/hills and 3.5 MPH on level surfaces. There will be numerous turns and directional changes with no signage. You will need to stay within sight of the group at all times or be left behind.
We will start at Blvd Park, take the South Bay Trail towards downtown. We will then take the Pine Street stairs and begin climbing uphill toward WWU. After briefly visiting WWU, we'll continue to Sehome Arboretum and wander through the trails and climb the tower for a brief rest break and picture taking. We'll then find more stairs at WWU as well as passing several of their outdoor sculptures. After leaving WWU, we'll climb a few more stairs in the surrounding neighborhoods before finally descending to Taylor Dock and Blvd Park.
Please Note: End time is only an estimate, based on 3 MPH pace and few rest breaks. Hike may end sooner or go longer due to unexpected delays. Please do not sign up if you need to return by a certain time as I cannot guarantee return time.
Hike goes on Rain or Shine.
No dogs, please.
We will be hiking at a brisk 3-3.5 MPH pace. There will be few planned rest breaks. You will be expected to keep up with the group or find your way back to your car. Be prepared with clothing appropriate for the weather, waterproof shoes and snacks/water.
I am the meetup event host, not a qualified professional hiking guide. You will need to be responsible for yourself & your safety. I strongly advise you to only sign up for hikes that meet your level of experience and health condition. Thank you.