2016 CAI Second Saturday Events
January 9 Walk
Destination: Sam Smith Park and Bradner Gardens
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.