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, November 11 – Deer Ridge – Two Hikes
Moderate Hike: The trail beginning is a gentle grade with a slightly steeper increase before the first prominent view- point; about 1-1/2 miles, 800-foot elevation gain. Territorial views across to Tyler Peak and Mt. Baldy may be seen. The next two miles are a mix of increasingly steeper grade to the Bench at 4,400 feet elevation. Amazing view across the Grey Wolf and first sight of Grand Ridge. This is our break and turn-around point. Hike leaders: John Nuerenberg and Sally Nuerenberg, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact
Difficult hike: This hike begins at the same trailhead as the moderate hike. Continuous views along the additional 2-1/2 miles to Deer Park directly below Blue Mountain will be seen. We will hike along the rain shadow forest and open meadows of upper Deer Ridge. Hike leader: Ken Nelson, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact.
There are no restrooms available at the trailhead, so we will stop at the 7 Cedars restrooms on Highway 101 on the way to the trailhead. Depending on the weather and potential snow, it is advised to wear warm clothing and bring micro spikes if needed. National Forest Pass or similar is required.
Friday, November 25 – Local Trails
Celebrate the day after Thanksgiving by walking off some of those calories! Take advantage of some of the local trails in Port Ludlow by meeting up with some fellow hikers to determine which trail(s) would make a great hike. Gather at 8:15 a.m. per usual and start walking/driving to trailhead at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader: Self-led.
Wednesdays: 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 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.
For more hiking information, map of the Port Ludlow Trails, and descriptions with pictures of previous hikes and other destinations, go to portludlowhikingclub.com.