by John Nuerenberg, Hiking Club
Hikers meet at the Bridge Deck at 8:15 AM, unless otherwise noted. They get directions to the trailheads and depart at 8:30 AM.
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, go to the club’s website, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact.
Friday, August 5 – Three Hikes in the Hurricane Ridge Area
Strenuous: Badger Valley Grand Ridge/Moose Lake Round up at 7:45 a.m., depart at 8 a.m. This hike begins at the 6,000-foot Obstruction Pass trailhead and descends via the Badger Valley trail to Gladys and Moose Lakes. Though the flowers will be gone by August, it is still very much a first-class descent to the lakes, both of which are equally perfect wilderness jewels. Now the hard part—the ascent up-and-out of this setting begins on the Lillian Ridge trail. This trail is very difficult both in amount of elevation gain and scree-covered hillsides. Please take stock of your limitations to see if they include steep climbs and lots of scree. Be assured, this is not an easy hike. National Park Pass or another interagency pass is required. Restroom is available at the trailhead. Hike Leader: Burt Peterson, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact.
Moderate/Difficult: The Sunrise Ridge Trail and Beyond Round up at 8:15 a.m., depart at 8:30 a.m. Alternate moderate-to-difficult hike, continuing along the Sunrise Ridge trail to where it connects with Switchback trail (approximately 3.1 miles from Hurricane Ridge). We ascend another 3/4 mile of primarily switchbacks to Victor Pass. From Victor Pass continue along the Klahhane Ridge line for 1 3/4 miles further, lunch and the turnaround point. (Possible alternate return decent down Switchback trail will be determined the morning of the hike and carpooling). Approximately 10 total miles, with elevation variations of 700 feet up and down along the pristine ridge. National Park Pass or another interagency pass is required. Restroom is available at the trailhead. Hike Leader: Ken Nelson, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact.
Moderate: The Sunrise Ridge Trail Round up at 8:15 a.m., depart at 8:30 a.m. This trail is 5.2 miles roundtrip with 1000 feet of elevation change. This hike offers some of the best views in the Olympics: Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island, Mount Baker, Mount Olympus, Mount Angeles and more. During the summer, it is blanketed with many types of wildflowers. National Park Pass or another interagency pass is required. Restroom is available at the trailhead. Hike Leader: John Nuerenberg, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact.
Friday, August 19 – Two Lena Lakes Hikes
Easy: Lower Lena Lake Trail
Round up at 8:15 a.m., depart at 8:30 a.m. This is an easy 6-mile roundtrip hike with 1,225 feet of elevation change. Lena Lake is a small backcountry lake surrounded by fir and cedar trees. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. As you near the lake you will find good viewpoints to rest and enjoy the lake view. The turnaround point is a large boulder with the best view of the lake. Here we will take a break, eat a snack/lunch, and enjoy the views. Hike leaders: John and Sally Nuerenberg, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 8 a.m.
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.
More hiking information, maps, descriptions of the Port Ludlow Trails, and pictures of previous hikes and other destinations. portludlowhikingclub.com/guide-trails