Port Ludlow Hiking Club

by John Nuerenberg, Hiking Club

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 Healthyrecommendations and follow CDC guidelines for outdoor recreation.

Email Roster

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, September 2 – Mt. Townsend from the North

The Mount Townsend Trail is 7.5 miles round trip with 3,000 feet of elevation change. Once you get above the tree line at around the 1-mile mark there are beautiful views of the surrounding area. If you decide not to reach the 6,280-foot summit, you will still have a great hike. National Park Pass or another interagency pass is required. Hike leader: David Blessing, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact

Monday, September 5 – Planning Meeting – Fall/Winter/ Spring Hikes

Our semi-annual planning meeting will be held at the Beach Club in Port Ludlow on Monday, September 5, from 5-7 p.m. If you are interested in leading a hike or would like to hike with the club on a new or old hike, please plan on attending. The first part of the meeting will be the planning session, looking at hiking dates from November through May. The plan is to fill the schedule with hikes beyond our next planning meeting in May. The second part of the meeting will be a social hour. Please bring an appetizer to share and a beverage of your choice.

Friday, September 16 – Marmot Pass

The Marmot Pass Trail is a fairly difficult 10.6 miles roundtrip hike with 3,500 feet of elevation change. The trail is a steady uphill all the way to Marmot Pass. The trail runs along the Big Quilcene River for 2.5 miles and then begins a steady climb to Marmot Pass. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. National Park Pass or another interagency pass is required. A restroom is at the trailhead. The hike leader is Burt Peterson, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact.

Friday, September 16 – Lower Gray Wolf

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. Hike leader: Jack Riggen, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact.

Friday, September 30 – Steam Donkey

This is a heavily hiked and well-maintained trail in the Dosewallips State Park. It is an easy trail of 3.5 miles with an elevation gain of 400 feet. The trail is a nice hike in typical Northwest woods but also follows along the Dosewallips River for some great views. If the timing is right, we may see salmon running the river. A Washington State Discover Pass is required. Restrooms are available at trailhead. Hike leader: John Filler, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact.

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.

More Info

Go to portludlowhikingclub.com for more hiking information, maps, descriptions of the Port Ludlow Trails, and pictures of previous hikes and other destinations.