What we're about

Hello and welcome to the Bellingham Trails and Adventure Group! We are about getting outside, getting fit, and having fun adventures with others. We are open to anyone with an adventurous spirit. We have several event organizers. Whether you are interested in a neighborhood walk after work, an expedition into the high mountains, or an ocean kayak trip I hope you will be able to find something of interest with our Bellingham Trails and Adventure Group. Some of our events are men's or women's events. My vision is to have a variety of different events hosted by a diverse leadership team. I hope to see you on one of our adventures soon!

Dues for this group are $12 annually which covers the fees Meetup charges me as well as additional expenses. I hope this is affordable and I believe this group is a great value for your money. If you would like to be a member of Bellingham Trails and Adventure Group and the $12 is not affordable for you, send me a message through meetup and I can waive your fees.

While I understand life happens, when signing-up for an event, please make every effort to attend. No-shows will be documented and two no-shows may result in removal from the group. Late cancellations are also disruptive so please make every effort to attend the events you sign-up for!

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” --Helen Keller

Organizers in this group are not guides, instructors, or medical professionals. You alone are 100% responsible for your own safety and comfort and for the safety of those you bring as guests. We may give you our opinions on whether or not an activity is suitable for you, but the ultimate responsibility lies with you, as we are not experts. Certain activities may require other gear. If you don't know, ask! Someone can likely share advice or ideas.

Listed below are the Rules of the Trail. Please read before signing up for any event.
Your Lead Organizer,
Russell S.

Bellingham Trails and Adventure Group
Rules for the Trail

In order to maintain both physical and mental safety and comfort of a wide range of participants on BTAG events, be respectful of differences, and be good stewards of the great outdoors that we love, the following are the rules that each BTAG member agrees to when they sign up for our group.
·        Practice Leave No Trace. In addition to the obvious things like inorganic litter, this includes no leaving of organic materials like banana peels or listening to the radio with or without earphones. See link for more information. 
https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/leave-no-trace.html
·        No weapons on any events that take place, partially or wholly, within the city limits of Bellingham including the trails around Lake Padden.

·        If dogs are allowed on an event, all leash laws must be obeyed at all times, no exceptions. 

·        Passengers in carpools should each contribute to payment for the driver to cover their driving expenses.

·        On longer adventures, the 10-essentials should be carried at all times. See link for details on the 10-essentials. Water, food and appropriate clothing and footwear are essential on trips of any length.
https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html

· Use of substances will be at the discretion of the trip leader, but if allowed, any use of substances should be respectful of the wishes of others on the trip and not to the point of intoxication.

·        Covid safety is an important consideration on BTAG events. There is ample scientific evidence that it is highly unlikely to contract COVID in an outdoor environment such as a hike or bike ride. However any indoor activities, and certain activities related to BTAG events, such as carpooling and post event socializing at a restaurant, do represent significant COVID exposure risk to unvaccinated individuals. As such, the following COVID related rules apply on all BTAG events:

  1. We highly encourage COVID vaccination but do not require it of our participants in outdoor events;
  2. Should an event be entirely indoors, proof of vaccination may be required.
  3. We expect participants to adhere to any State of Washington and/or Federal mask requirements.
  4. Regardless of vaccination status, those who are uncomfortable with carpools or inside gatherings are responsible for making their own choices about participation in those activities, and/or the use of a mask (if mask use is not mandated at the time).

    Thank you for adhering to these rules so that we can all have a wonderful time on trails and adventures together!

Upcoming events (1)

Sunday Hike of Hidden Lake Lookout -- Fall Colors Hike

Needs a location

This is a 8.0 mile out-and-back hike of Hidden Lake Lookout. Strenuous level with 3,300 feet in elevation gain and a high point of 6,900 feet. We love dogs but no please dogs on this one. No parking pass required. Privy available at trailhead.

This hike is a classic in the North Cascades. A historic fire lookout is our destination. We will experience lush forest scenery at first. Then we will break out into more open areas with rocky granite boulders scattered among remnant patches of last winter's snow. Weather permitting, we will have views of Mt Baker and dozens of other peaks along with a pristine alpine lake.

Equipment: Bring your 10 essentials and plenty of water. Also bring/wear plenty of layers as it potentially could be a bit chilly up there. We could even experience snowfall. This is an all-day hike, please do not make plans for later in the day.

Stamina/Cliffs Alert: This hike has cliffs and some exposure along the trail in spots. Hiking boots with good traction along with hiking poles are recommended. We will hike at a moderate, but steady, pace. You will need to be in excellent hiking shape having completed similar hikes, in terms of distance and elevation gain, in your recent past.

You may organize carpools in the comments section if you desire. Please be respectful of drivers and their vehicles and help with gas.

Driving Directions: Drive east from Sedro Woolley along Highway 20 until you reach Marblemount. In Marblemount take the Cascade River Road for about 10 miles turning left onto Forest Road 1540 (Sibley Creek Road) which is located 1.5 miles beyond the Marble Creek Camping Area. Follow Forest Road 1540 for about 5 miles to the trailhead. Caution: The road is steep, rutted, and rocky.

Weather policy: We will hike sun, clouds, light rain, or snow. Heavy rain, blizzards, high winds, dense wildfire smoke, or the possibility of mountain thunderstorms will cancel the hike.

I look forward to having you join me for this hike!

For more information, please see:
https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hidden-lake-lookout
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/hidden-lake-lookout-trail

Disclaimer: We are not professional hiking guides or medical professionals. We are volunteers. You alone are 100% responsible for your own comfort and safety. By attending this hike you agree to these terms and do not hold hike organizer(s) liable for injuries and/or medical issues during or after this event.

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