Lake Valhalla – Smithbrook Hike Report – September 8, 2021

Our hike to Lake Valhalla provided outstanding views and opportunities to sample huckleberries and alpine blueberries along the way. There were streaks of color from fall foliage throughout the hike. It was evident that summer is coming to an end and autumn is on its way. The bold and brilliant berries on the Mountain Ash…

Read More

Scorpion Mountain Hike Report – July 14, 2021

Our hike to Scorpion Mountain provided outstanding views, lush fields of wild flowers, and opportunities to visit with one another. We had a total of five hikers: Clarence Elstad, Toni Williams, Kendra Wanzenried, Gerlinde Gruber, and Joanie Pryor, hike leader. When we started at 9:00 AM, the temperature was right around 60 degrees. By the time…

Read More

Boulder River Trail Hike – May 14, 2021 Report

Nine CAI-PNW members met at 10:30 AM at the Boulder River trailhead for a fun-filled day of hiking in this beautiful area. The biggest thrill was dodging the potholes on the road for three miles to the Trailhead! The trail is more technical with rocks, logs and roots however in very good condition. WTA (Washington…

Read More

Urban Walk – Seattle – April 14, 2021

What a perfect Pacific Northwest day … Mt. Rainier was out in her glory – so majestic! We headed out from University Village in Seattle toward Union Bay Natural area which is considered one of the best bird watching sites. The area features several ponds, beautiful vegetation, a variety of waterfowl, turtles, and birds. We…

Read More

Lime Kiln Trail Hike, March 10, 2021 Trip Report

Lime Kiln Trail hike

It was a beautiful, sunny, crisp day for CAI/PNW’s first hike of 2021 after a year of dealing with Covid-19 and not being able to hike together. A portion of the trail goes along the historic Everett/Monte Cristo Railroad, built in 1892-1893 and abandoned in 1933. Continuing along the trail, it makes a slight rise…

Read More

CAI-PNW March 2020 Hike

Last Saturday, March 14th, Gerlinde Gruber, Kendra Wanzenried, Ida Callahan, Ron Riter, and Joanie Pryor chanced snow, rain, and wind to hike up to the top of Little Mountain Park, the largest park of the city of Mt. Vernon. As it turned out, although a little cold, it was a beautiful day with sun, a…

Read More

CAI-PNW February 2020 Hike

On a mild February 12th, 2020, 15 CAI-PNW members and friends gathered to do a beach walk on Puget Sound hoping to view marine mammals such as whales, seals and hopefully sea lions. We took advantage of a nice low tide to give us maximum walking space on the beach. We gathered at the beautiful…

Read More