Monthly Archives: March 2013

126 – Oyster Dome

A great cardio workout on a beautifully sunny Spring day, this hike could more appropriately be called “Girls Hike Up”! A very popular local hike, it is a steep climb to the top of the Oyster Dome. Beginning our hike from the Samish Overlook, we managed to shave off 1,000′  of the total elevation gain, yet still had a steep 1,400′ remaining climb before we reached the top.

It is a steep trail

It is a steep trail

For more information on hiking the Oyster Dome, visit the Washington Trails Association website, here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/oyster-dome.

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125 – East Bank Baker Lake – South

We’ve hiked the Baker Lake and Baker River area before, but not from the south. To reach the trailhead, we drove over a one-lane road along the top of the Upper Baker Dam. The forest was filled with giant trees and huge stumps from the long-ago days of logging. Our first destination was Anderson Point Camp, then on to Maple Grove Camp where we turned around and hiked back to the trailhead for a total of just under ten miles. Another great hike!

Baker Lake South trailhead

Baker Lake South trailhead

For directions and trip reports for this hike, visit the Washington Trails Association website, here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/baker-lake-maple-grove. It’s a great wild and scenic hike!

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124 – Fairhaven, Taylor Dock & Boulevard Park

A walk along Taylor Dock and Boulevard Park seemed most appropriate after a stop at Village Books in Fairhaven to check out their hiking book section. Appreciating the beauty of and enjoying this urban walk often, we rarely count it as a hike; so since our main reason for being in this part of town was hiking books anyway, it seemed most appropriate to consider these couple of miles a hike this time.

Heading to Taylor Dock

Heading to Taylor Dock

Boulevard Park is one of our local parks. More information about the park and Taylor Dock walk is found on the website for the City of Bellingham, here – http://www.cob.org/services/recreation/parks-trails/boulevard-park.aspx.

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123 – Diablo Lake Trail

It’s all about power – hydro power! We hiked the Diablo Lake Trail from Diablo Dam to Ross Dam. Under the bright blue sky, this scenic trail high above the beautiful emerald green Diablo Lake had plenty of stunning mountain peak views along the way. A stellar day for sure!

Happy hikers ... we are

Happy hikers … we are


Information and recent trip reports for the Diablo Lake Trail can be found here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/diablo-lake – on the Washington Trails Association website. Few hikers seem to venture down this trail even though this is an incredibly wild and scenic part of the country and well worth the effort. If you get the chance, you should go!

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122 – Squires Lake to Alger Alp

On our annual Saint Patrick’s Day hike to Squires Lake, this year we took the hike further by continuing on on from the lake to the Ridge Trail which connected to the Pacific Northwest Trail so that we could hike up to the top of Alger Alp. It was a beautiful day along the trail!

Along the South Ridge Trail

Along the South Ridge Trail


Go here – https://60before60.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/32-squires-lake-park/ – to read about our Saint Patrick’s Day hike last year, and here – https://60before60.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/14-alger-alp-little-baldy/ – to read about our last hike to Alger Alp.

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121 – Railroad & Klipsum Trails to Northridge Park

After too many gloomy Pacific Northwest days, we set off along the Railroad Trail in search of signs of Spring – a known early flowering currant along that trail.

Along the Railroad Trail

Along the Railroad Trail


The Railroad Trail, Klipsum Trail and Northridge Park are part of the City of Bellingham’s parks system. For a trail guide, visit their website, here – http://www.cob.org/services/recreation/parks-trails/trail-guide.aspx.

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120 – North Lake Whatcom Trail (Hertz Trail)

Joining friends for a morning hike along one of my favorite local trails, North Lake Whatcom (aka Hertz Trail), what fun it was to stop for a leisurely lunch at The Fork Restaurant at Agate Bay after our hike was finished.

Lunch . . .

Lunch . . .


I’ve hiked this trail many times. Go here – https://60before60.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/02-north-lake-whatcom-trail-hertz-trail/ – and here – https://60before60.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/30-lake-whatcom-park-hertz-trail/ – for information about the trail and to view more photos.

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119 – Lizard and Lily Lakes

A great hike for sure! Having hiked into Lily Lake when exploring Blanchard Mountain earlier this winter, going back for both Lizard and Lily Lakes have been on the list since – now, we’ve “been there, done that”.

Having a great time, wish you were hear

Having a great time, wish you were here


Information about the Lizard and Lily Lakes trail can be found on the Washington Trails Association website here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lily-lake-trail – along with driving directions and recent trip reports.

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