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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.
There will be two options for this hike: moderate and easy. Moderate: Starting on the Lower Big Quilcene Trail, John will lead the moderate hike 2.5 miles with gradual elevation to Bark Shanty camp with some views and sounds of the Big Quilcene River before crossing it twice around Bark Shanty. After the second crossing we will turn right onto the Notch Pass Trail. Although there are no sweeping viewpoints on this trail, the creeks we cross, and the variety of trees and mosses make for a beautiful hike, and an historical one, as well. Believed to be a former Native American trading route through the Olympics, this historic trail was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. We will lunch in the vicinity of Notch Pass which is just shy of 2 miles from Bark Shanty and at an eleva- tion of 2,400 feet before returning to the trailhead. Distance is 9.8 miles, elevation gain ~1,800 feet. Easy: Starting at the same trail- head, Chris will lead an easier hike as far as Bark Shanty where there is a comfortable campsite by the river to have lunch before returning to the trailhead. Distance is 5.6 miles, elevation gain ~695 feet. National Park Pass is required for parking. Restroom is available at the trailhead. Hike leaders: John Fisher and Chris Jennings, portludlowhikingclub.com/contact
We’ll begin at the Fort Ward boat launch ramp (at the end of Pleasant Beach Road, lower Fort Ward). No park passes are required. We will hike up one moderately steep bluff and then take the trail down to Blakely Harbor. Returning, we will again climb one moderately steep bluff and then take the same trail back to Fort Ward. It is a relatively flat 6-8 mile easy to moderate hike with a few gradual up-and-down sections. For those who would like to walk a little farther, we can walk down to South Beach, and if we’re lucky, we’ll be able to view Mount Rainier! Restrooms are available at the trail head, the upper Fort Ward parking lot, and at Blakely Harbor. After hiking, those inter- ested can enjoy lunch at Lynwood Center. Hike leaders: Jorge Carrasco and Jer Carrasco portludlowhikingclub.com/contact
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
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