• Magnuson Park, Ravenna Park, & Green Lake (10 miles, 500' gain)
    Sand Point, Ravenna, Roosevelt, Green Lake. One-way moderate day-hike begins with a walk along Magnuson Park's beach, through its green spaces, continues along the Burke-Gilman, through Ravenna Park, and around Green Lake. We will maintain a purposeful moderate walking pace and pause for photos, lunch at Whole Foods, and other interesting things along the way. ■ PLEASE CONFIRM YOU'VE READ THE FULL INVITE by answering the question that pops up when you join the waitlist. Or send me a message to confirm. ■ REQUIREMENTS: Maintain average pace of two or more mph. Be prepared and conditioned to complete this hike. Expect up to an hour for lunch, rest, and exploration. ■ LUNCH: We'll stop at Next Level Burger (inside Whole Foods in Roosevelt), but you may bring food if you don't want to buy anything. ■ ROUTE REPORT: Mostly paved or slatted walkways; we will also cross grassy and gravel surfaces that may be wet, damp, muddy, or dry and dusty. See photos section for bird's-eye view of the route. ■ THIS IS A ONE-WAY HIKE: We do not return to the initial meetup location. ■ END TIME IS A GUESS: We may arrive earlier or later than the posted end time due to route conditions, photo ops, and other variables. ■ BRING YOUR OWN ESSENTIALS and dress for variable weather and route conditions. You alone are responsible for your safety and comfort.

    Magnuson Park

    7400 Sand Point Way NE · Seattle, WA

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  • Mailbox Peak Old Trail
    NOT for beginners... This will be a reasonably fast, training hike. Folks who may not keep up with the lead pace will essentially be by themselves (NOT recommended on this trail). Hike Details: Length: 5.4 miles RT Gain: 4,000 ft https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mailbox-peak-old-trail/ What to Bring: Outer shell jacket for wind or rain, water and snack. Other items like poles, warm layers etc. as per need. We will - (1) Leave Issaquah Highlands P&R at 8 am (find me near the elevators on the entry level of the P&R) (2) Reach TH at 8:30 am and then (3) From the TH to the top in about a couple of hours (or less). I will drive and can easily take 3 more fellow hikers. Questions: (1) Will you meet at P&R or TH? (2) Do you think you can get to the top in <2 hours (or can you summit Mt. Si in 1 hour 30 mins)? Pls answer when you RSVP. Others: 1. We are not guides. You and you alone are responsible for your safety...please know you physical abilities, respect the posted pace and know your stamina level. 2. Remember no cotton/tennis shoes, be prepared for any weather. Weather changes fast. Have your 10 essentials. http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html 3.Please bring cash for your driver if a passenger for gas. Also a bag to put your wet/dusty/muddy gear in post hike. Disclaimer: S.O.A. is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose or appropriate for a certain fitness level. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe. Signing up for any S.O.A. organized event indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this disclaimer and hold harmless all S.O.A. Organizers and Leaders in the event of injury or loss.

    Issaquah Highlands P&R

    1755 Highlands Dr. · Issaquah, WA

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  • Let's Hike- Otter Falls (Easy Long Trail/Moderate Pace)
    Otter Falls is a waterfall in King County, Washington; on the southern wall of Mount Anderson. It drops about 1,600 feet in all, but due to the relatively moderate pitch of the mountainside, only about 1/3 of the total height can be seen from the ground. Perfect November day for a hike. The weather forecast is supposed to be mostly sunny with temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s. Beginner Level Hikers with moderate skills are welcome to join this hike meetup. The Taylor Creek trail is a former logging road so the grade is gentle with little elevation gain around 650 feet. The Middle Fork road is nicely paved all the way to the main parking lot. From there a gravel road goes over a bridge to the turnoff for the Dingford Creek road. The trail takes off from the Snoqualmie Lake Trailhead, 12 miles from the beginning of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road starting from the small parking area and going through second growth forest. At the junction with the Quartz Creek trail branch off to the left at about 0.5 miles. Take the right fork, staying on a relatively flat, rocky trail that heads through the forest. Along the way, enjoy views of towering moss-covered birches, western redcedars, and western hemlocks and views of Garfield Peak and Spire and Treen Peaks. You’re almost to your destination when you reach a large creek featuring an enormous culvert. Five feet in diameter, the culvert is set into the creek, just downstream from where you will cross the drainage. After crossing this drainage, it’s only about 0.3 miles to the turnoff for Otter Falls. The turn is typically marked by a large cairn. Turn left into the forest, and begin climbing upslope. After about 500 yards you’ll reach the crown of the slope. Otter Falls is visible through the trees, but the best view doesn’t come until you take a short path down to a small beach, where the imposing falls stream down a huge granite face. The plan: Meet at Eastgate Park and Ride leaving shortly after 7:30 for the 40-minute drive to the trailhead in North Bend. Start hiking around 8:30 and travel at about 2 miles per hour, stopping for short breaks (snack, water, photos). We'll spend 45 minutes at the waterfall and starts the hikes back to the cars. Time and schedule permitting, we can stop at North Bend Bar and Grill before driving back to the Park and Ride. I expect to be back around 5:00 pm. Hike Stats: Roundtrip- 11 miles Elevation Gain- 650 Feet Highest Point- 1750 Feet Gear: Hiking gear, poles (optional, but recommended), microspikes (required), sun protection, clothing (layers), food and water for the day, your version of the ten essentials, gaiters, and a bright smile with a great attitude. Link to a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q9-fB5EXGU Driving Directions: From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Street and follow it about 0.3 miles to the junction with the signed Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. Turn right and head up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. Where the road forks with the Lake Dorothy Road, stay left. Follow this road to a stop sign and turn left, back onto the Middle Fork Road. Stay on this road until you arrive at the Garfield Ledges trailhead. A self-service Northwest Forest Pass station is back down the road at the Middle Fork Trailhead. Carpooling team will arrive around 8:20 Northwest Forrest Pass Required

    Eastgate Park & Ride - East Side Under Overpass

    14244 SE Eastgate Way 47.580195 N 122.151414 W · Bellevue, WA

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  • SOA BAJA: 7-day Kayak, SUP, Snorkel, Whales, Fun! Feb 11-17, $1095.
    NOTE: Actual dates are Feb 11-17, 2019. (7-day Trip) BAJA OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Warm winter weather, kayaking and SUP along sublime coastline, snorkeling with playful sea-lions and massive Whale Sharks, dessert hiking, and seeing momma and baby gray whales in protected bays... welcome to Baja Mexico! Join us February 11-17 for this unforgettable adventure. Day 1 - Fly to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). Arrive by: Transfer by van to La Paz. La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur, Mexico. It’s known for its seafront Malecón promenade with beaches, parks and art. Visit La Paz Cathedral and Velasco Garden. Dine at one of the many restaurants overlooking the water. Day 2 - Meet our local guides, have an orientation, then off to kayak Balandra Cove. This protected area has mangroves, a salty lagoon, dunes, extensive sandy beaches, small mountains and capricious rock formations. We'll kayak to our campground and set up our 'home' for next two nights. After lunch, enjoy some afternoon snorkeling or hiking along the Balandra dunes. Our local guides will prepare a nice happy hour and delicious dinner. Evening laughter and stories around our tents while under a star-filled sky. Day 3 - Transfer by boat to Isla Espiritu Santo - a Natural Protected Area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our hike, we are captivated by the contrast between the desert and the sea and the islands volcanic rock formations. Put on your snorkel mask and fins and get up and personal with playful sea lions. Return to Balandra Cove and enjoy Stand Up Paddle Boarding SUP. If you're a beginner, no problem, the warm inviting waters make a perfect learning classroom. Day 4 - Greet the day with yoga on the beach or a pre-breakfast SUP paddle. Today is our Whale Shark Adventure! Whale sharks are not sharks.. they are fish.. and at sizes of 35-to-45-feet and weight of 15-18 tons, they are easily the world's largest fish! they feed on plankton, small fish and squid. From early winter until late spring the whale sharks can be found feeding in the rich waters of Baja's Sea of Cortez and in the Bay of La Paz. Swimming with these gentle giants will be quite the unforgettable adventure experience of a lifetime. Back in La Paz, we check back into our hotel and enjoy a rest. Folks can shop, grab an ice cream along the malecon. Day 5 - Transfer 2 1/2 hours by van through dramatic desert landscape to Puerto Chale Gray Whale Sanctuary. We'll board local 'pangas' (small boats) to look for whales. Each winter, Gray Whales, migrate from Alaska to the warm salty bays of Baja to give birth to and nurse their calves. Adult whales can reach 45-50-feet. The females are larger than the males. a baby can be 15-feet and weigh 1 ton at birth. They will drink about 50 gallons of mother’s milk each day (whale milk is very rich, about 53% fat, whereas Human milk is about 2% fat). Day 6 - After breakfast, lets lace up our hikers and enjoy desert hiking in Sierra del Novillo mountains. Our guides will point out the various cactus, birds and unique flora and fauna along the way. We'll say goodbye to our guides and enjoy our farewell dinner. Day 7 - We will be transferred to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) for flights home. 7-DAYS, FEBRUARY 11 - 17, 2019 COST: $1095 per person, sharing double room, 2 person tents. INCLUDED: 4-Nights Hotel in La Paz, w breakfast 2-Nights camping, all meals and happy hours while camping Kayaking, SUP, Snorkeling w Sea Lions, Swimming w Whale Sharks Gray Whale Watching Guides Airport Transfers NOT INCLUDED: Airfare Dinners in La Paz Gratuities for Guides IMPORTANT NOTE: RSVP on Meetup and INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL. Meetup RSVP does not guarantee your spot. Reservation is guaranteed upon receipt of deposit via PayPal. Do NOT purchase air tickets until you have been sent a confirmation. Final Payment will be submitted in CASH (no checks, no cc) to Meetup Organizer, Joe Staiano in Feb. Prices are per person sharing double room or tent.

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  • SATT: Melakwa Pass Loop (Fast pace)
    Looking for a few adventurers to join me on this four-lake loop around Chair Peak and over Melakwa Pass. Though most of the trip is hiking on well-traveled trail, we have about 2 miles off-trail in the middle to reach the pass. Join the waitlist and answer the signup question if this sounds like fun to you (and why wouldn't it?!). * The Plan * From the P&R, we'll all drive to the Denny Creek TH. We'll deposit half our cars here, cram ourselves into the other half, and drive to the Snow Lake TH. With luck, arranging the cars won't take too long and we'll start hiking before 8:30. We join the normal weekend crowd and hike to Snow Lake, continuing by the eastern shore and on to Gem Lake. Stepping over the outflow stream from Gem, we pick up a boot path up the ridge curving east and then south, below the steep slopes of Mt Roosevelt. Careful route selection over rocky terrain brings us to Chair Peak Lake, and the crux of our journey. From the lake, we have about 400 vertical feet of north-facing talus to climb. Careful rock-hopping up this moderate grade will set us on the high point of the route, Melakwa Pass, at 5326 feet. After enjoying the warm sunshine and jagged peaks surrounding us, we'll continue down the south side of the pass, to the welcome sight of Melakwa Lake. Finally, we rejoin the hiking crew on the Denny Creek trail, heading downhill to our waiting cars as fast as our tired legs can manage. Fast hiking pace on the trail portions. We should try to average 2+ mph on the hike to Gem Lake. You should be comfortable hiking uphill at this pace to enjoy this trip - if you can reach the top of West Tiger 3 in about an hour, or Mt Si in under 2, you should fit in nicely. * Challenges * Winter hiking conditions are in effect. Much of this route above the 4500 foot level is currently under snow. Warm conditions and rain through midweek should help, but be prepared for snow and ice in spots. Microspikes required; poles recommended. If we encounter unsafe conditions where those two bits of gear aren't sufficient, we bail out. Sunset on Saturday is at 4:30. We have an early start, but with the car shuttle and long route, we'll be racing sunset. We'll be sure to be back on proper trail before we run out of daylight, but will likely need lights in the dark forest as we near the trailhead. * What to Bring * Some food and water (~2 liters and/or filter) for the hike. Snacks and a tasty beverage to toast our success. Clothing layers for cool/sunny weather. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Warm jacket, gloves, etc. for rest stops. Waterproof boots + gaiters highly recommended. Running water, snow, and mud are all likely on this route. Hiking poles + microspikes. Headlamp or flashlight with spare battery. Your version of the 10 essentials. A keen sense of adventure. * Stats * Class: 2 Distance: ~11miles Elevation gain: ~3500ft Highest point: 5326ft * Driving Directions to TH * From the P&R, take I-90 east to exit 47 (Denny Creek / Tinkham Road). At end of exit ramp, turn left, cross the freeway, and turn right on FR 58. After crossing back under the freeway, turn left. Continue for 2.4 miles, and take a left just after Denny Creek campground. Continue on past the bridge 0.2 miles on gravel to the trailhead. Parking: Northwest Forest Pass required at TH

    Eastgate Park & Ride - East Side Under Overpass

    14244 SE Eastgate Way 47.580195 N 122.151414 W · Bellevue, WA

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  • Gothic Basin Mod-Fast Paced Hike
    *Not a beginner hike* Please read the entire description below. Driver's preferred. I will add people to going list as I have drivers and back up drivers. Links and Stats: Latest trip report stated they started 1/4 mile from the actual TH wta states stats as 9.2 miles RT; 2850' gain to the basin but our plan is to extend the extra half mile or so to Foggy lake for lunch spot and extra gain, mileage may be ~ 11 miles https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/gothic-basin https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2018-11-12.9883191287 Getting there: Take Highway 92 to its end in Granite Falls. At the T intersection near the east end of town, turn left onto the Mountain Loop Highway. Follow this road 11 miles to the Verlot Ranger Station for maps, permits, and latest trail information. 19.3 miles past the ranger station is Barlow Pass and the end of paved road. Here you will find a parking lot on the left (north) side of the road. Northwest forest pass required. What to bring: microspikes or trail crampons, full gaitors, water proof boots, poles with snow baskets, gloves, warm layers, water, food, etc. If you show up without spikes you will be turned away from joining the group. There will be several water crossings so poles are always good for balance in icy areas and rocks 1. We are not guides. You and you alone are responsible for your safety...please know you physical abilities, respect the posted pace and know your stamina level. 2. Be prepared. Remember no cotton/tennis shoes/jeans, be prepared for any weather. Weather changes fast. Have your 10 essentials. http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html 3.Please bring cash for your driver if a passenger for gas. Also a bag to put your wet/dusty/muddy gear in post hike. 4. ***Please do not sign up if you have evening plans. The group often stops on the way back to eat and return ETA is always difficult to determine with group pace, extended miles, traffic, traffic accidents, injury, restaurant service etc. I do not post eta to pnr as some other organizers do so please don't ask. 5. A history of cancellations or no shows on meetup and you will not be able to participate 6. Please no fragrances (perfumes/cologne/scented lotions) for the sensitivity of your other passengers and hikers. 7. Please do not show up to the pnr unannounced with guests without checking with the event organizer. Before asking the host, be sure the guest is informed of the event details, description, trail description and meets the conditioning level/experience/group pace for the hike. I love new faces but prefer not to be surprised. For the waitlist, even if the group is below max 12 limit the host may be going for a smaller group that day so a group <12 may not mean a spot is open. For some hikes drivers and back up drivers have been planned accordingly to meet road conditions and group pace. Please cancel by 9 pm the night before or sooner if your plans change. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. Disclaimer: S.O.A. is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose or appropriate for a certain fitness level. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe. Signing up for any S.O.A. organized event indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this disclaimer and hold harmless all S.O.A. Organizers and Leaders in the event of injury or loss

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    Ashway P&R (164th St)

    Ash Way and 164th St.W · Lynnwood, WA

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  • Warren Miller Movie at McCaw Hall
    Skiers and riders, lets get our snow stoke up at this years Warren Miller Movie! Your movie ticket gets you free lift passes to 12 neighboring resorts and cool swag and bennies from local ski shops. We will meet up at Streamline Tavern (174 Roy Street) for an awesome happy hour beforehand and then head across the street to the show. Follow this link to purchase your movie tickets (buy these ahead of time): https://warrenmiller.com/events/mccaw-hall-at-seattle-center We’ll meet up at the pub starting at 5:30, I have a table reserved under my name. While at the pub we can talk about cool stuff like where we want to road/train trip with our free Warren Miller passes. See you then! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ProI36TvP6k

    streamline tavern

    174 Roy st · Seattle, WA

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  • Seattle Urban Hike + Group Therapy (First Hill)
    Greetings Adventurers, Next week (Thursday), I would like to suggest a visit at the Frye museum followed by a scenic and peaceful walk through the neighborhoods of First Hill, Hill Top and Squire Park. Plan for our usual 6 miles loop with a dynamic happy go lucky pace. The walk will start at 7:10 pm from the Frye Museum. If you would like to catch a free guided tour of the museum's current exhibitions including group therapy, tours start at 5:30 pm. Group Therapy: https://fryemuseum.org/exhibition/6863/ Bench Mark: https://fryemuseum.org/exhibition/6865/ Happy Hour Tour: https://fryemuseum.org/calendar/event/7003/ I will update the invite with the loop once it is created: https://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/2318251306 As always, let me know if you have any question/ suggestion. I look forward to seeing/ meeting you next Thursday at 7:00 PM in front of the museum. You are welcome to bring your dog. Cheers!!! Geraldine

    Frye Art Museum

    704 Terry Ave · Seattle, WA

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  • Cable Line Hike to West Tiger 3
    Let's do a headlamp workout hike.

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    Cable Line Trailhead

    26503-26999 SE 79th St · Issaquah, WA

  • Olympic Sculpture Park to Volunteer Park (7.5 miles / 800' gain)
    Belltown, Queen Anne, Westlake, South Lake Union, Eastlake, Capitol Hill. One-way moderate trek from Olympic Sculpture Park to the Water Tower Observation Deck in Volunteer Park. We will maintain a purposeful moderate walking pace and pause for photos, lunch, and other interesting things along the way. ■ PLEASE CONFIRM you've read the full invite when you join the waitlist. If the question doesn't pop up, send me a message to confirm. ■ SITES • Richard Serra's "Wave" • Alexander Calder's "Eagle" • Myrtle Edwards Park • Centennial Park • Elliott Bay Park • SW Queen Anne Greenbelt • Bhy Kracke Park • Lake Union Park • Center for Wooden Boats • Howe Street Stairs • Louisa Boren Park & Lookout • Volunteer Park Water Tower Observation Deck ■ REQUIREMENTS: Maintain average pace of 2+ mph. Be prepared and conditioned to complete this hike. Expect up to an hour for lunch, rest, and exploration. ■ LUNCH: Bring it. We'll stop in a park overlooking the city or other picturesque spot to eat and rest. ■ ROUTE REPORT: Mostly paved sidewalks; we will also cross grassy and gravel surfaces that may be wet, damp, muddy, or dry and dusty. ■ THIS IS A ONE-WAY HIKE: We do not return to the initial meetup location. ■ END TIME IS A GUESS: We may arrive earlier or later than the posted end time due to route conditions, photo ops, and other variables. ■ BRING YOUR OWN ESSENTIALS and dress for variable weather and route conditions. You alone are responsible for your safety and comfort.

    Olympic Sculpture Park

    2901 Western Avenue · Seattle

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