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Q3 - 2018 Hike Schedule

Ramblers Hike Schedule

(Q3 – 2018)

July, August, September

 

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7/02     Mt. Muller  - Early Start @ 7:30AM

                            (Pat Gritman, Leader)

 

7/09     Big Hump/Little Hump

                            (Diane Grove - Leader)

 

7/16     Mt. Townsend via Silver Lake Way Trail - Early Start @ 7:30AM w/Evil Twin Skippy Alternate Leader

                            (Frankie Andrews - Leader) 

 

7/23     Royal Basin -  Early Start @ 7:00AM w/Peg Phillips Alternate Leader 

                            (George Moyer - Leader)   

 

7/30     Tunnel Creek to 5050 Pass

                            (Rich Nervik - Leader)

 

 

8/06     Hurricane Lodge to Victor Pass

                            (Rosie Tomlin – Leader)

 

8/13      Little Divide  -  Early Start @ 7:00AM w/alternate

                            (Richard Serkes - Leader)

 

8/20      Buckhorn Pass Loop – Early Start @ 7:00AM w/Debbie Hannevig Alternate Leader

                            (Steve See - Leader)                                                    

 

8/27      Moose Lake/Badger Valley Loop – Early Start @ 8:00AM w/Pat Cleall Alternate Leader                     

                            (Doug Smith - Leader)                                                   

 

 

9/03      Heather Park

                            (Bev Ferris - Leader)

 

9/10      Silver Lake

                            (Rich Nervik - Leader)

 

9/17      Sol Duc to Appleton Pass  -  Early Start @ 7:00AM w/alternate

                           (Steve See - Leader) 

 

9/24      Grand Ridge Key Exchange

                           (Carlyn Syvanen/ Gary Huff  - Leaders)

7/23/18 Royal Basin

Hike: Royal Basin   

 

The following description was taken from the Washington Trails Association website.  If you’re not a member you should be.

 

You will see plenty in the first 7.2 miles of this trip that take you to the shores of Royal Lake, but you should plan your hike to have the time –and energy -- to enjoy the wildflower-dotted alpine basin and its milky blue tarns in Upper Royal Basin about three-quarters of a mile past the lake.

 

Your trip starts on the Upper Dungeness trail. After about a gentle mile of this trail you’ll come to the intersection with the Royal Basin trail just a few steps before the footlog bridge spanning Royal Creek. Turn right to join the Royal Basin Trail.

 

The trail soon makes a couple switchbacks and though it rises above the creek, the clatter and din of the plunging waters provide mood music for your trek. You’ll stay left at the intersection with the Mount Maynard way trail and soon enter Olympic National Park. The trail passes through moss-carpeted halls of firs and hemlocks with a few step-over creeks to negotiate.

 

Soon the trail breaks into talus-strewn open stretches with commanding views up, down and across the valley. The first of these often features a white-ribboned waterfall streaming down a cliff face about a half mile upslope from the trail. After revisiting the creek near some campsites the trail diverges from the waters and climbs via switchbacks again on open slopes.

 

The trail takes on a pattern of long traverses punctuated by steep climbs. Switchbacks help you on the ascents before Royal Lake. The two climbs above the lake to get to the Upper Basin are more direct.

 

At 7.2 miles and 5,100 feet of elevation, Royal Lake is a gem. The land around has suffered in the past from overuse that prompted the Park’s camping reservation system. Up valley from the lake is a seasonal Ranger post. Follow the side trail past the Ranger tent platform to a fine view of waterfalls.

 

Shelter Rock with its massive sheltering overhang is hard to miss on your left as you continue upward. With the rock looming almost directly above you, you’ll cross a short footlog and start striding upward to where the trail levels off at Arrowhead Meadow. Enjoy the views and the gentle grade. You’ll soon be crossing an unbridged stream and ascending to Upper Royal Basin. The blue tarns are to the west and a little bit higher at about 5700 feet.

 

Date: 7/23/18

Distance: 16.3 Miles

Elevation Gain: 3,415’

Hike Leader: George Moyer

                     geormoyer@gmail.com                      

                                                                                   

As always our time and place of meeting are:

  • Meet in the public parking lot on Sequim Avenue (east side) just north of Washington.  It's behind the public toilets where classical music is available for your listening pleasure.  Any other sounds you hope are coming from a Spike Jones album.   
  • We will leave at 7:00AM.  Please arrive about 10 minutes earlier for announcements and car assignments.  The reimbursement for the drivers will be $4.
  • If you need any information about the hike or if you have special transportation needs such as being picked up along the route to the trailhead or at a specific location in Port Angeles, please contact the Hike Leader as early as possible.

7/30/18 Tunnel Creek To 5050 Pass

Hike: Tunnel Creek to 5050 Pass (Trail #841)

 

This hike keeps us in the forest paralleling Tunnel Creek.  After passing Harrison Lake we’ll stop at the ridge known unofficially as 5050 Pass because it’s at 5,050’ above sea level.  Once at 5050 Pass we should be able to see Mt. Jupiter, Mt. Constance and The Brothers.

 

We’ll begin at the trailhead for Trail #841 which is at 2,600’ and slowly climb to Tunnel Creek Shelter.  That’s about 2.7 miles along the trail and is at 3,700’ making this a moderate climb.  After leaving the shelter we’ll make our way to Harrison Lake, 4.1 miles into the hike and at an altitude of 4,750’ above sea level.  We’ll continue along the trail to the top of the ridge to 5050 Pass just another 0.6 miles from Harrison Lake.  The pass is 4.7 miles from the trailhead and will be our lunch spot.  After lunch we’ll retrace our steps back to the cars.

 

Date: 7/30/18

Distance: 9.8 Miles

Elevation Gain: 3,018’

Hike Leader: Rich Nervik

                       richnervik@gmail.com

                          

As always our time and place of meeting are:

  • Meet in the public parking lot on Sequim Avenue (east side) just north of Washington.  It's behind the public toilets where classical music is available for your listening pleasure.  Any other sounds you hope are coming from a Spike Jones album.   
  • We will leave at 8:30AM.  Please arrive about 10 minutes earlier for announcements and car assignments.  The reimbursement for the drivers will be $4.
  • If you need any information about the hike or if you have special transportation needs such as being picked up along the route to the trailhead or at a specific location in Port Angeles, please contact the Hike Leader as early as possible.

8/06/18 Hurricane Ridge Lodge To Victor Pass

Hike:  Hurricane Ridge Lodge To Victor Pass

 

This hike begins in the parking lot at the Hurricane Ridge Lodge and proceeds north to Victor Pass where we’ll have lunch.  After lunch, we’ll return to the lodge.

 

Date: 8/06/18

Distance: 8.0 Miles

Elevation Gain: 2,211’

Hike Leader: Rosie Tomlin

                     roseline154@gmail.com

                                                       

As always our time and place of meeting are:

  • Meet in the public parking lot on Sequim Avenue (east side) just north of Washington.  It's behind the public toilets where classical music is available for your listening pleasure. Any other sounds you hope are coming from a Spike Jones album.    
  • We will leave at 8:30AM.  Please arrive about 10 minutes earlier for announcements and car assignments.  The reimbursement for the drivers will be $4.
  • If you need any information about the hike or if you have special transportation needs such as being picked up along the route to the trailhead or at the Haggen parking lot in Port Angeles, please contact the Hike Leader as early as possible.

8/13/18 Little Divide

Hike: Little Divide Shuttle

 

The following hike description is taken from the Washington Trails Association website.  If you’re not a member you should be.  Please note that this description is for the loop which uses the Lovers Lane Trail.  The Ramblers will use a shuttle from the resort to the waterfalls parking lot thereby avoiding the Lovers Lane Trail and reducing the hike length by approximately 2.0 miles.

 

Start your hike at the Mink Lake trailhead at 1650 feet of elevation. The trail to Mink Lake splits right at the initial junction with the Lovers Lane trail (which will be your return if opting for the loop). The first half mile passes through gloomy second-growth. The original forest here was logged a century ago and now the trees are in a state of early maturation.

 

At a quarter mile the trail jogs across an old logging road and soon enters old growth. The forest opens up with sword fern and shrubs among the stately trunks of ancient firs, which give way to hemlock as the trail climbs ever upward. It is cool and moist on the north aspect of the slope, enabling skunk cabbage and trillium to bloom into early summer. At two miles, the trail rounds a spur at about 2800 feet, before gently arching toward the lake.

 

At 2.5 miles and 3100 feet lies tiny Mink Lake. Hemlock, silver fir, and marshy beargrass meadows line the tranquil waters, which are often disturbed by jumping fish. A side trail forks left where overnight hikers will find the bear wire and an old shelter, now home to rodents.

 

Continue up the main trail beyond Mink Lake a quarter mile to another, very shallow lake nearly covered by encroaching meadows. At 3.5 miles cross a small stream and look to the right across open parkland to a pond framed by mountain hemlock. The Little Divide is less than a mile away now, but still 600 feet up. Several series of switchbacks wrap up the hardest part of the whole journey. Earlier in the season this final ascent may be snow covered. If so, head more or less straight up through the trees and the Little Divide trail should show itself on the ridgetop.

 

At 4.3 miles is the marked junction of the Mink Lake, Bogachiel, and Little Divide trails. A peek of Mount Olympus is possible through a window in mountain hemlock boughs. Turn left (east) and proceed along the ridge at roughly 4100 feet. After 5 miles cross a wide depression in the ridge, left over from when the mountainside slumped under its own weight.

 

At about 6 miles catch a brief glimpse of tiny Bogachiel Lake. The trail then rounds the headwall of the North Fork of the Bogachiel, crossing the Little Divide back into the Sol Duc watershed. Be wary of a high-angle snow patch that may bury the trail here and can linger into summer. At 7 miles a picturesque switchback rewards hikers with final meadow walk down to Deer Lake, at 7.8 miles and 3550 feet elevation.

 

Meadows abound with wildflowers and tourists. The lake is popular with families on day hikes and campers on their way to the crowded Seven Lakes Basin. 

 

Date: 8/13/18

Distance: 12.4 Miles

Elevation Gain: 3,323’ 

Hike Leader: Richard Serkes

                     rserkes@mac.com

                                         

As always our time and place of meeting are:

  • Meet in the public parking lot on Sequim Avenue (east side) just north of Washington.  It's behind the public toilets where classical music is available for your listening pleasure. Any other sounds you hope are coming from a Spike Jones album.    
  • We will leave at 7:00AM.  Please arrive about 10 minutes earlier for announcements and car assignments.  The reimbursement for the drivers will be $4.
  • If you need any information about the hike or if you have special transportation needs such as being picked up along the route to the trailhead or at a specific location in Port Angeles, please contact the Hike Leader as early as possible.

8/20/18 Buckhorn Pass

Hike:  Buckhorn Pass Horseshoe

 

Starting at the Tubal Cain trailhead this hike takes us along various watersheds and passes a number of different trails.  We’ll start in the Copper Creek watershed and end in the Dungeness watershed.  We’ll be passing the Tull Canyon Trail, the Big Quilcene Trail, The Dosewallips Trail as well as the Royal Basin Trail.  But to hike this route one should have as a primary goal reaching Buckhorn Pass. After that it’s all downhill to Marmot Pass and finally back to the Upper Dungeness parking lot.  This is one of the most spectacular hikes in the Olympics for its views of vegetation, streams and mountains.

 

Because of the length of this hike it’s recommended that all hikers bring extra food and water.

 

Date:  8/20/18

Distance:  17.60 miles

Elevation Gain:  3,281

Hike Leader: Steve See

                     stevesee@ymail.com

                                        

As always our time and place of meeting are:

  • Meet at the public parking lot on Sequim Avenue (east side) just north of Washington.  It's behind what used to be The Buzz coffee shop.
  • Public restrooms are available.
  • We will leave at 7:00AM.  Please arrive about 10 minutes earlier for announcements and car assignments.  The reimbursement for the drivers will be $4.
  • If you can bring a thermos of coffee and/or a pastry please do so to share with others at the end of the hike.
  • If you need any information about the hike or if you have special transportation needs such as being picked up along the route to the trailhead, please contact the Hike Leader as early as possible.

8/27/18 Moose Lake via Badger Valley

Hike: Moose Lake via Badger Valley

 

Please come back later for a hike description.  We’re working on it.  

 

Date: 8/27/18 

Distance: Unknown

Elevation Gain: Unknown

Hike Leader: Doug Smith

                     smithsinwa@gmail.com

                     

As always our time and place of meeting are:

  • Meet in the public parking lot on Sequim Avenue (east side) just north of Washington.  It's behind the public toilets where classical music is available for your listening pleasure.  Any other sounds you hope are coming from a Spike Jones album.    
  • We will leave at 8:00AM.  Please arrive about 10 minutes earlier for announcements and car assignments.  The reimbursement for the drivers will be $4.
  • If you need any information about the hike or if you have special transportation needs such as being picked up along the route to the trailhead or at a specific location in Port Angeles, please contact the Hike Leader as early as possible.

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