by John Nuerenberg
Unless otherwise noted, hikers meet at the Bridge Deck at 8:15 a.m. to get directions to the trailheads and depart at 8:30 a.m.
The hikers abide by the “Stay Healthy” recommendations and follow CDC guidelines for outdoor recreation.
Those on the hiking email roster receive an update the week of a scheduled outing. If you would like to be added to the email roster, send a note to email@example.com, or go to the club’s website: portludlowhikingclub.com and click on “Contact” to send a message.
Friday, September 10 – Grand Valley/Moose Lake
This hike begins at the 6,000-foot Obstruction Pass trailhead and descends via the Badger Valley trail to Grand Lake and Moose Lake. The flowers will be gone by September, but it is still very much a first-class descent to the lakes, both of which are equally perfect wilderness jewels. The hard part begins on the ascent up and out of this setting to the Lillian Ridge trail. This is a trail that is very difficult both in amount of elevation gain and scree-covered hillsides. Please take stock of your limitations if they include steep climbs and lots of scree. This is not an easy hike. We will meet at 7:45 a.m. and depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Bridge Deck.
National Park Pass or another Interagency Pass is required. The hike leader is Burt Peterson: 360-437-0849.
Friday, September 24 – Lower Gray Wolf River
The Gray Wolf Trail is 5.4 miles roundtrip with 800 feet of elevation change. The turnaround point will be a bridge that was washed out several years ago. The hike to this point is some of the best riverside hiking in the Olympics. It is considered a moderate hike. National Park Pass or another Interagency Pass is required. The hike leader is Jack Riggen: 360-437-0370.
Every Wednesday: Timberton Loop. Walk the 4.2-mile Timberton Loop. Enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains. This is a no-leader hike. Meet other walkers at the parking lot trailhead on Timberton Drive at 9:00 a.m.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 8:00 AM. Join the “Trail Club Group” that meets at the golf club parking lot for a self-led walk on the abandoned golf cart path trail or other alternative route.
For more hiking information, map of the Port Ludlow Trails, and descriptions and pictures of previous hikes and other destinations, go to portludlowhikingclub.com.