Photos of the last 12 hikes with the Port Ludlow Hiking Club
2017-05-05 Port Ludlow Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. Instead we walked parts of the Port Ludlow local trails including the newly created Osprey Trail. The total distance traveled around 4 miles with 500 plus feet of elevation change. The star of this hike was the new Osprey Trail which runs along a small creek in a beautiful ravine. There were 37 hikers plus 4 dogs.
2017-04-21 Clear Creek Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. Instead we walked a newly restored section of Clear Creek in Silverdale. In the late 1800 and early 1900, this land was drained to create farmland. Unfortunately, this eliminated a large wildlife area and a once active salmon stream. The restoration is bringing the area back to life. There were 14 hikers.
2017-03-24 Bloedel Reserve Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. Instead we did a walking tour of the Bloedel Reserve forest garden on Bainbridge Island. The walk included a tour of the Bloedel home which is now the Visitors Center. It was an easy couple of mile walk with lots of time to enjoy the scenery. There were 15 hikers.
2017-03-10 Adventure Route Trail Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. Instead we hiked a small section (6.2 miles roundtrip) of the Olympic Discovery Trail Adventure Route west of Port Angeles. The Adventure Route section was opened in 2008 and it spans 25 miles. When completed the total Olympic Discovery Trail will span from Port Townsend to La Push (126 miles one way). Currently, there is a little over 70 miles of the Olympic Discovery Trail completed. There were 13 hikers.
2017-02-24 Marymere Falls Lake Crescent Lodge Hike: This is hike 67 in the guidebook. This is an easy 2 miles roundtrip with 200 feet of elevation change. Marymere Falls plummets 90 feet into a narrow ravine. Falls Creek flows into Barnes Creek just below the falls. The hike also included a small interpretive trail near Lake Crescent Lodge. Total distance traveled 4.2 miles roundtrip. There were 20 hikers.
2016-12-02 Hansville Greenway Trails Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. The Greenway is a wildlife sanctuary and nature preserve set aside to allow deer, bears, coyotes, river otters, and other wildlife to coexist with their human neighbors. The hike was 6 miles round trip with very little elevation change. There were 15 hikers plus Sophie the wonder dog.
2016-11-18 Upper Dosewallips River Road Trail Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. The hike was 10.1 miles roundtrip with around 2,000 feet of elevation change. This hike begins where the original road to the Upper Dosewallips trailhead washed out several years ago. The hike is now on the road past the washout section. The road past the washout is wide and well maintained. There were 12 hikers.
2016-11-04 Larry Scott Memorial Trail Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. The hike was 5.3 miles roundtrip with very little elevation change, so it was a pleasant stroll. The Larry Scott Trail is a very well maintained wide trail that is easy to get to, so it makes a great local hike. There were 20 hikers.
2016-10-21 Waterfalls Hike: This is hike 47 and hike 54 in the guidebook. It also included Rocky Brook waterfall which is not in the guidebook. Hike 47, Murhut Falls, is 1.6 miles roundtrip with 300 feet of elevation change. Hike 54, Fallsview Canyon, is 1.5 miles roundtrip with 300 feet of elevation change. Rocky Brook waterfall is 600 yards roundtrip with almost no elevation change. All three trails provide wonderful views. There were 25 hikers.
2016-10-07 Lower Gray Wolf River Hike: This is hike 67 in the guidebook. The Lower Gray Wolf Trail is a fairly easy 8.4 miles roundtrip with 800 feet of elevation change. The trail runs along the Gray Wolf River in several places. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. There were 12 hikers.
2016-09-23 Dosewallips State Park Hike: This is hike 49 in the guidebook. The total hike from the parking lot is 5.25 miles with 915 feet of elevation change. This hike begins with views of the Dosewallips River and its side channels. It winds through a second growth forest of Cedars, Alders, Maples, Douglas fir and others. The Steam Donkey trail has an interesting history.
2016-09-09 Admiralty Head - Fort Casey Hike: This hike is not in the guidebook. The hike began with a 9:30 a.m. ferry ride from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island. Once on Whidbey Island, we enjoyed a walk along the bluff to Admiralty Head Lighthouse and Fort Casey State Park. The hike was approximately 4 to 5 miles roundtrip. There were 18 hikers.