2016 CAI Second Saturday Events


January 9 Walk

Destination: Sam Smith Park and Bradner Gardens

Classification:  easy

Distance/Time: 4 miles; 3 hours

Elevation gain: 400 feet

Contact:  Steve Johnson  

Meet at the African American Museum at 23rd Ave. S. and S. Massachusetts. We'll walk through Sam Smith Park on the I-90 lid and through the I-90 bicycle/pedestrian tunnel to the bridge viewpoint. From the viewpoint, we'll walk up the hill to the QED Coffeeshop on 31st Ave S for lunch. Then through the neighborhood to Bradner Gardens and back to the museum. At that point people can decide if they want to leave, visit the museum or continue on a two mile walk along I-90 to the 12th Ave Bridge and back.

February 13 Birding walk

Destination: Skagit Wildlife Area

Classification: easy

Distance/time: up to 2 miles approx. 1-2 hours - depends on if we see any birds

Elevation gain: 0

Highest point: sea level

Contact: Elena Bianco  

Description: flat hike along a dike trail where we may see winter migrating swans, snow geese, eagles and other birds. Bring your binoculars or spotting scopes. Optional other hike, Padilla Bay Trail, up to 4 miles round trip, within driving distance if no birds are at the wildlife area.

March 12 Snowshoe

Destination/Activity: Snowshoe to Skyline Lake (HY-2 at Stevens Pass Ski Area)

Classification:This will be a moderate/strenuous snowshoe trip (steep hill but slow and easy)

Distance/Time: 2.5 miles (RT) Should take 1-1/2 to 2 hours to the Lake and lunch spot.

Elevation gain: 1050

Highest point: 5100

Contact name and email: Clarence Elstad  

Description: A slow paced snowshoe walk that is suitable for beginners and families. Bring your own/rented snowshoes and poles, wear waterproof boots, warm clothes in layers, bring rain gear (case the weather changes), a hearty lunch and 2 liters of water. The trip may change depending on weather, snow levels, or avalanche danger.





April 9 Hike

Destination: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Classification: easy

Distance/Time: 4 miles RT/2-2.5 hours

Elevation gain: none

Highest point: sea level

Contact name and email: Dale and Joel Patience 

Description: Hike through the Nisqually River delta to view beavers, weasels, minks, herons, eagles, sandpipers, and many other animals and birds. Bring your cameras and binoculars. There are observation towers, viewing platforms, and the boardwalk that sits just above the wetlands. The viewing platform at the end of the boardwalk provides a 360-degree view of the Olympics, Mt. Rainier and several Puget Sound islands.

May 14 Hike

Destination/Activity: Beaver Lake Hike

Classification: easy

Distance/Time: up to 9 miles

Elevation gain: < 200 ft

Highest point: 1000 ft

Contact name and email: John Burnett  

Description: A spring river walk with some mountain views, old cedars and a beaver lake await.

June 11 & 12 Weekend retreat

Destination:  Leavenworth area

Classification:  variable

Saturday: Nada Lake, Colchuck Lake (8mi 2280 ft), Stewart Lake (9 mi 1665 ft) or Eight Mile Lake (6.6 mi 1300ft),

or an easier hike: Icicle Gorge Nature Loop (4.2 miles 150 ft) 

Sunday: Merritt Lake on the way West. 5.5 miles 2100 ft elevation gain

Contact name and email:  Ron Riter  

Description:  Details to be provided later

July 9 Hike

Destination: Mount Rainier National Park, Mazama Ridge/Lakes Loop

Classification: moderate

Distance/Time: 5 miles/ 4 hours

Elevation gain: 1300 feet

Highest point: 5700

Contact name and email: Toni Williams: 

Description: This hike is the best day long hike in the park to sample the unique and spectacular alpine country.

Aug. 13 Hike

Destination: Oyster Dome, Bellingham

Classification: Moderate

Distance/Time: 6.5 miles RT

Elevation gain: 1900 ft

Highest point: 2025 ft

Contact name and email: Norizan Paterra 

Description: A beautiful hike on Blanchard Mountain with possibility of seeing the San Juans, Olympic Mountains, and Samish Bay from the top.


Sep. 10 Blueberry hike

Destination:  Hope Lake and Mig Lake

Classification: moderate

Distance/High Point:  R/T to Mig Lake is 4 miles; High point 4650ft.

Elev. gain: 1650 ft.

Contact:  Ida Callahan  

Description: Fields of heather and blueberries and clumps subalpine trees ring two alpine lakes. Just 12 m. east of Skykomish.

Oct. 8 Hike

Destination:  Iron Goat Trail, North Cascades

Distance:  6 miles RT

Elevation gain:  700 feet

Highest point:  2800 feet

Contact:  Barbara Thake  

Description:  The trail is historical as well as pretty, with markers explaining events that happened on the railroad.

Nov. 12 Urban walk

Destination:  Seattle area park

Classification: easy

Distance:  approximately 4 miles

Elevation gain:  minimal

Contact:  Diane Clifford 

Description:  Since the exact location is still a mystery to the walk facilitator, let's just say that there will probably be trees, views, and most likely some precipitation.  And it'll be just a short drive for most folks to get there.


Dec. 10 Christmas Potluck

Destination:  Steve Johnson's home in Seattle

Contact:  Steve Johnson 

Description:  Our traditional Christmas potluck featuring your favorite holiday foods.  A good time to visit and share photos of 2016 travel and outdoors adventures.


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