14503 Wallace Lake Rd, Gold Bar, WA
Check out http://seattlebackpackersmagazine.com/2011/03/27/wallace-falls/ for a great intro to this professionally-guided hike with the Wolf College. Cost is $45 with a $15 non-refundable deposits required to reserve your space, with the $30 balance due before we start the hike. The non-refundable deposit is designed to be high enough to cover our administrative expenses and make sure almost all the people who register do show up, but low enough for you to stomach in case you don't want to attend due to "bad" weather, illness, etc.
Join us to see beautiful 265 foot Wallace Falls in the backyard of where the Wolf College was located for 5 years. It's another great Northwest Nature Hike with Kim & Chris Chisholm, specialists in survival, birding, wildlife tracking, wild edible and medicinal plants, and other outdoors skills they've gained from years as volunteers for King County Search & Rescue, as students of various schools and universities, as directors of the Wolf College since 1997.
Hike Focus: In addition to getting some exercise on the way to experiencing the grandeur of Wallace Falls, we will focus the hike on edible and medicinal plants as well as Navigation & Orienteering including Map & Compass. If there are enough participants to separate into 2 groups, you can choose whether to hike at a more vigorous pace with Chris in an effort to reach Wallace Lake, or at a more leisurely pace with Kim and "live in the moment" - satisfied with the trees, plants, and cascading falls.
Hike Description: Read http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Wallace%20Falls&subject=all and view http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/thumbnailAndmaps/5750142.pdf
Difficulty Level: Easy & Moderate Sections. Should normally be able to walk 3 miles with a day pack.
Required Gear: The 10 Essentials are highly recomended on every hike, and especially rain gear along the coast, along with comfortable but good hiking boots, and a headlamp among the other items. Binoculars and cameras are also encouraged.
Rules: Registration form with liability waiver must be signed at start of hike. Dogs must be on leash at all times.
Additional Fees: If you meet us at the hike location, then a Washington State Discover Pass is required, and besides travel and acquiring your 10 essentials needed to be safe on any hike, there are no extra expenses associated with this hike unless you want to carpool in which case please give $ to drivers for mileage as described below.
Directions & Carpooling Map: http://goo.gl/maps/3qUij Either meet directly in the Wallace Falls State Park trailhead parking lot by 12:00 Noon; or carpool at 11:30 from the Monroe Safeway 9651 State Route 2 with $5 to drivers; or 11:10 from the Woodinville Park & Ride 140th Avenue Northeast with $10 to drivers; or 10:50 from the Bellevue College Eastgate Park & Ride with $15 to drivers; or 10:35 from Seattle Amtrak (bottom floor west side by stadium parking log) with $20 to drivers; or 10:15 Southcenter Bahama Breeze Restaurant with $25 to drivers; 9:55 Federal Way Panera Bread Cafe on South 320th St with $30 to drivers, or 9:30 Wolf College Home Office in Puyallup with $35 to drivers.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.