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I have received 8 reservations total for this WEEKEND DATE! at Scenic View Hot Springs. 1 SPOT is CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. Prepayment is necessary to get on the going list. First paid = First to go. **** Enjoy the cooler fall climate. Let's hike and soak at this wonderful hot springs on Saturday Oct 19th RAIN or SHINE! Sign up on the waitlist & once paid I'll move you to the going list. See below for more details. DESCRIPTION: Scenic View Hot Springs is located on Hwy 2 about 10 miles past Skykomish near Stevens Pass. Perched on a hillside the natural hot springs is situated on 40 acres of private property & has views of the valley and Windy Mountain. Prior written permission is required to access the property & is limited to 10 visitors per day. Clothing is optional; visits during daytime only; and no pets fires or glass is allowed (please transfer beverages to unbreakable containers). You must read & abide by Scenic View Hot Springs rules (I’ll send you a copy). Let’s hike in ~1.8 miles OW and 1,050 ft of elevation gain, eat lunch & soak your cares and worries away, Trekking poles and sturdy boots are recommended as parts of the trail are steep. We’ll start hiking from the trailhead parking area at ~10:45 AM, arrive at the springs around 12 PM, and leave the Hot Springs around 4pm. Bring ample water (1-2 liters) for proper hydration. *** IMPORTANT NOTE: Please check your Meetup PRIVACY settings & be ready to communicate promptly. Make sure your settings ALLOW EMAIL FROM ORGANIZERS. Those that don't communicate will get passed over. It is a challenge to plan if I can't contact you. COST: For the hot springs $10 each person (same price now for weekends and weekdays). To reserve your spot for this trip, put your name on the waitlist, and ONCE YOU HEAR FROM ME - make a $10 payment via PayPal (or $15 total if riding with me - includes Tesla Model X carpool), THEN I’ll confirm & move you to the attendee list, email you a map with parking instructions & the necessary written permission to carry with you. Carpool Meeting Options: 1) At 8:30 AM Everett Safeway (41st & Rucker) and 2) At 9:15 AM Monroe Tesla Supercharger station (SE corner of Fred Meyer parking lot). I'm driving & have room for 5 others. Please contribute to driver (me) $5 each for carpooling expenses (EV). If carpooling in a gasoline (ICE) car please contribute to driver for gas (suggested $8). Monroe to Scenic is ~104 mi RT. If you are a driver I’ll need to have your vehicle description & license plate information. More information, blog, & rules can be found here: http://scenichotsprings.blogspot.com/ MEETING PLACES on Google Maps: (Also see diagrams in photos section of this Meetup for annotated satellite view): Everett: 8:30-8:45 AM (Everett Safeway East end of Parking lot) 4128 Rucker Ave: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Safewayfirstname.lastname@example.org,-122.2122122,212m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x5490007e81ea7805:0x5aaa648830537584!8m2!3d47.9625499!4d-122.2120566 Monroe: 9:15-9:30 AM (see map at right) 18805 US-2, Monroe at Tesla Supercharger: https://www.google.com/maps/place/47%C2%B051'44.7%22N+121%C2%B058'35.7%22Wemail@example.com,-121.9777232,423m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d47.86242!4d-121.976585 If you wish to attend a future Meetup trip to Scenic Hot Springs, let me know (via comments) your day of the week & date preference, then based on availability I'll organize another visit. Weekdays are best for me (if I'm not already hiking/skiing). Reservations on weekends are harder & require at least 3-4 mo's booking ahead due to the popularity.
I’ve made two trips to Stehekin-Sawtooth Wilderness area this year so far. I enjoyed both. The first one was in Lake Chelan-Stehekin area which was more predictable. Although we barely saw a couple of day hikers by the end of our 5 day trip, I spotted human trace such as liquor bottle. Our second trip was pleasantly surprised. My wife and I drove to the Oval Peak trailhead and slept in our truck bed. I checked the registry, saw a few parties had signed in for different destinations; but we found no souls on the trail. We camped at a lake and felt like we owned it. On the summit day we met 4 people/two parties, and we all came from different directions. Remarkably, there was no human trace, including at the trailhead. All these little things really made the trip worthwhile. The food in Twisp was good too, better than Marble Mount. Well, Alex M is proposing a 3 day trip to Sawtooth Wilderness. I was not hesitant at all when I heard it, let’s do it! I am doing a little labor work now, but he will take over when we hit the trail. Basically we will be doing a loop. First night camp at Upper Eagle Lake. Next day climb Begelow, Cheops, Martin, and Switchback peaks. Camp at Cooney Lake 2nd night. Complete the loop on the 3rd day. If it sounds good to you, join us! Of course we only do it if the weather permits. Recommended Gears - Standard shoulder/winter season backpacking amenities - Microspikes and helmet, ice axe (optional for now) - Parking pass/cash. Might be free now. - Bear canister/hanging food. Alex knows the area and can comment. - 3 season tent w/ vestibule makes it easier to cook in the rain.
The SOA Stewardship Team is partnering with Mountains to Sound Greenway for their celebration of planting over 200,000 trees in the Puget Sound. After we plant the trees for salmon, we will head to the Issaquah Hatchery and watch Real Salmon for a few before we walk next door to the Rogue Brewery and share Stewardship Comraderie. The tree planting will be held from 10-2 pm on Saturday October 26, 2019 at Lake Sammamish State Park and will be part of 20 years of habitat restoration along Issaquah Creek, supporting salmon habitat in this critical area. Celebrations will begin promptly at 10am and include planting activities, education stations (sign up day of!), coffee, light lunch, snacks, and more. Planting events are great for individuals, families, groups, and work teams. With a goal of 1,000 native trees and shrubs to be planted, we will all be able to plant a tree and leave a bit muddier than we arrived! No experience necessary, and all training provided. REGISTER HERE: https://www.tfaforms.com/4630681?tfa_1880=a0I1H00000ONafK&tfa_2243=a0H1H00000La5q5&tfa_2627=7011H000001On3M&tfa_2244=a0J1H00000aYdbj Project Difficulty Easy to Moderate Age Restriction Participants under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult. What to Bring For safety, volunteers are required to wear: Long pants (we’ll be working with tools, so no shorts!) Sturdy, close-toed shoes (absolutely no sandals) Gloves (provided) In addition, we recommend that participants bring: Warm layers, especially during the fall, winter, and spring Rain gear Big sack lunch At least one full water bottle Small daypack for lunch, extra layers, etc… Driving Directions Please read the parking instructions carefully. We will meet at the the Costco Fields Parking lot, located here: https://goo.gl/maps/b55LTnu3dCFmaikN7 Overflow parking will be available at the ISC Gunners Soccer Fields lot, here: https://goo.gl/maps/uSSgAxq8BrWEt7RA9 At either lot, please look for Greenway event staff and signs to direct you to the event site. From I-90 East, use the right two lanes to take exit 15 for WA-900 W/17th Ave NW. Turn left onto 17th Ave NW. Continue on 17th Ave NW, and then continue straight on NW Sammamish Road. Then make a U-turn at 10 Ave Northwest to access the parking lot. The parking lot will be on your right in about 50 feet. Look for Greenway event signs and leaders https://goo.gl/maps/b55LTnu3dCFmaikN7
How about another Seattle Indoor Adventure. This time to see a fun, upbeat, nationally known, local band. The Cave Singers. Give them a listen, and if you like what you hear, join in the fun. I have seen them probably 10 times, and they always bring it. Tickets available here: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/the-cave-singers-somesurprises-sunset-tavern-tickets/9705665 These guys are one of my favorite Seattle bands. Between Telekinesis, Say Hi, and the Cave Singers...I couldn't even begin to rank them. What else are you going to do with a 20 spot on a Saturday night? Why not check out and support local music.