Port Ludlow Hiking — May 2022

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.

Wednesday, May 4 – Summer/Fall Hike Planning Meeting

Our semi-annual planning meeting will be held at the Beach Club in Port Ludlow on Wednesday, May 4, 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 June through November. The plan is to fill the schedule with hikes beyond our next planning meeting in November. This meeting is timely as the June hikes will be set and ready for publication for the June issue of the Voice magazine. The second part of the meeting will be a social hour. Please bring an appetizer to share and a beverage of your choice. For further information contact John Nuerenberg at portludlowhikingclub.com/contact

Friday, May 13 – Ebey’s Landing Hike

We will take the 9:30 a.m. Port Townsend ferry. Once on Whidbey Island, we will make a short drive to Ebey’s Landing State Park and then explore the National Historic Reserve. Expect an easy walk of approximately four to six miles. Ferry reservations required both ways. A Discover Pass is not required. Restrooms are available at the trailhead. Hike leaders: Sarah and Denny Schuch, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact

Friday, May 27 – Mount Zion

Mount Zion Trail #836 is 4.6 miles roundtrip with a 1300- foot elevation gain over 1.8 miles to 4274 ft. at the summit. Mount Zion is one of the Olympics’ best rhododendron hikes. The hike is moderately challenging, averaging about 12 percent grade over most of the route. After reaching the summit we will hike a short distance to a good view- point of the Olympics for a rest and snacks. This is a great short hike to help get in shape for more difficult summerhikes. The trail is friendly to dogs on a leash. There is a privy restroom at the trailhead. A Forest or Senior pass is required. A map, directions, a trail description, and trip reports can be found at wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-zion. Hike leader: Gary Hicks, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact

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 a.m. 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 alterna- tive route.

More Info

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