Spring/Summer Calendar

                                                 Spring Summer Calendar

This is a preliminary calendar, more activities and descriptions to follow.

Saturday, April 22- Spokane’s South Hill Bluff Hike-Meet at Lowe’s parking lot, CDA location, southwest corner) in sufficient time for 8:00 AM Departure. It will take roughly an hour to drive to the trailhead which will be the parking area where 37th Avenue intersects High Drive. (Note that High Drive has several names – High Drive Parkway, South High Drive, East High Drive, etc). More than 20 miles of trails are available on the bluff. Most of the trails on the bluff are single track; some have more bike use than others but generally most trails have an easy track to walk. I have attached driving directions beginning at exit 280A on I-90 to 37th Avenue in Spokane. More information will go out from Yahoo Groups.

We will do a trail segment between 37th and 57th Avenues along the upper portion of the bluff. Pets are allowed on the bluff trails but must be leashed. Trip Leader Mike Z-1-208-610-3894.
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Saturday, May 6-Bead Lake Hike Description:  Rated medium difficulty.  Hike will be about 9 miles round trip (although we can vary the mileage depending on the desires of the group).  Bring snacks and water.  Meeting Place & Show-Up Time:  We will meet at Ron’s Super One in Hayden at 8:30am to car pool, and arrive at the trailhead at about 9:30am. Bring snacks and water. Internet Link: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/bead-lake Trip Leader Martha G- 1-208-659-4940.
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Saturday, May 20-Kayak/Canoe Little Spokane River- “Perhaps the best way to experience the rare freshwater marsh environment is by quietly paddling a canoe or kayak down the river. Stealthful observers may see a wide variety of songbirds, woodpeckers, raptors, and waterfowl. “The quote best describes the trip down the picturesque Little Spokane River.  We will meet at the southwest corner of Coeur d’Alene Lowe’s parking lot for a 08:30 departure to the launch area. After drivers shuttle cars to the take-out area and return, we will launch for a 7 mile journey down the river.  There are no rapids, but the river will be flowing at a moderate pace this year.  Half way we will stop at the painted rocks area for lunch.  A Washington State discovery pass is required for parking.  Here is a web site for a description:   https://sites.google.com/site/riversidestateparkwa/park-activities/natural-areas/little-Spokane-river An RSVP would assure a notification of changes.  Contact me with any questions.   Coordinator:  John Lee 208 772 8410 cell 208 818 8059
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June 4, Sunday – Pend Oreille Wildlife Management Area Hike (Trout Creek) 
Meet at 9:00 at Hayden Super One parking lot to carpool.  (near Goodwill truck)
Bring sunscreen, water, bug spray and the ticks are out in force right now. The plan is to walk to the Pack River General Store for lunch. Great burgers!

This will be an easy hike along Trout Creek which parallels Lower Pack River. This will be around 6 miles round trip. The hike will begin at the Wildlife Management Parking Area off of Highway 200 east of the town of Ponderay north of Sandpoint. An additional option would be to add a loop in the opposite direction along Trout Creek. Mike Z and Jim are going on an exploratory hike prior to the hike. Jim 755-2575

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June 18, Sunday – Mountain Bike the Loop at 4th of July–  Leaders Karen Williams and John Lee-
Meet at Cherry Hill Park (off 15th St. in CDA) at 9:45 AM or at the 4th of July Parking Lot at 10 AM. Option One: Bike the loop from the parking lot, past the A frame on Havin Trail to the Peaceful View Picnic Shelter and continue on High Road Trail to Skywalker via Skateaway. When we reach Skywalker we will continue down to access road and to the parking lot. Estimated mileage is 5 to 6 miles. A second option is when we reach the Peaceful view picnic shelter to go south on Elderberry to Ian’s Hut, taking the cut off trail to Eagle Run. When we reach Skywalker we will continue north down Skywalker until we reach the access road to the parking lot. Estimated mileage is 10 miles. Bring a mountain bike, water and snacks. Helmet is up to the rider. Karen 208-667-8790, John 208-772-8410.
Option One Map      Option Two Map

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Some of The Following are awaiting more information:

July 8 or 9 – Blossom Lake Hike Greg Lewis- 451-4648

July 15 or 16 – Kayak/canoe S Fork CDA River-Randy Brewer- 773-3030

July 29 or 30- Patio Tour-Eat, drink, swim– Jim McMillen-755-2575

Aug 5,  Saturday- Scotchman Peak Hike- John Lee- 772-8410
Meet at the northeast corner of the parking lot on Super 1 in Hayden for a 6:30 departure.  This will help avoid the heat of the day.
This is a classic hike up the main peak in the Scotchman proposed wilderness area.  It is a short but steep, 4 miles one way, with an elevation gain of 3700 feet.

We will go at a slow pace so that a steady effort is all that is needed to summit.  Wide panoramas and stunning views of Lake Pend O’reille, possibly shared with goats, are the reward at the top.

Two suggested training hikes prior to this hike are Mickinnik trail #13 and Coal Creek Trail #41(to Graham Peak).
The following link gives more details. http://www.scotchmanpeaks.org/hiking/self-styled- hikes/scotchman-peaks-trail-65/.

Please RSVP John if you are interested and to be notified of changes.  Contact John with any questions. 208-772-8410  cell 208- 818- 8059

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Aug 12, Saturday – BeeTop Hike
Meet at Hayden Super 1 at 7AM
Fourteen Mile Round Trip; 4,000 feet Elevation Gain
We will travel to the new trailhead into the Alpine Trail of the West Cabinets located on West Spring Creek between Hope and Clark Fork. The hike will be up the steep south facing wall of the ridge climbing nearly 3500 feet to the Alpine Trail, the longest most difficult leg of the hike. Once the Alpine Trail (120) is reached, we follow this ridgetop trail another mile and three-quarters to the Beetop Trail (63). View down to Lake Pend Oreille are spectacular from the trail. From the Beetop Trail junction, it is a mile and a half with a five hundred feet elevation gain to Beetop. The view from the top is a 360 degree panorama of North Idaho’s Mountains. This is a hike for those with the legs and lungs to make the strenuous grades and elevation gains along its steep route. For information Contact: Geoff Harvey at 208-762-1246

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Aug 26 or 27- Needs an activity.

Sept 9 or 10 – Lookout Pass to Wallace Bike-Randy Brewer- 773-3030

Sept 16 Saturday – Apple Cider Pressing: Hike/Bike/Kayak Pot Luck at Medimont/Cave Lake
10:00 am
Directions:  Meet at Cherry Hill Park off 15th St behind fire station in Cd’A at 9:00am to carpool.  Driving time from Cd’A – 40-45 minutes (35 miles). Take I-90 east to the Hwy 3/Rose Lake exit.  Drive south 15 miles on Hwy 3 – passing Valley Mart and continuing around lakes.  Mile marker 103 – slow down – drive past old Cave Lake Resort on the lakeside.  Turn left into the 1st driveway past resort – 34714 S Hwy 3 – address on mailbox and poles with reflective tape by driveway. If you get to the Black Lake turnoff you have gone too far. Go up driveway and parking to the right by house or left in the field below green cabin.
Details: ~ 2 mile hike to ridge above the lake and around the perimeter of Pat’s land. Return to house and help press apple cider.  If you have access to extra apples – bring them to press – the more varieties the better the cider. Potluck lunch – Pat will supply utensils, chili, apple cider. Bring item to share. If desire in afternoon – bring bike or kayak – Medimont trailhead for Rails to Trails nearby and Rainy Hill boat launch on Medicine Lake also nearby. Leader: Pat Collins, Phone: 208-689-3460 – no cell service in area.

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Sept 23/24-No trip Planned yet, TBA.

New Guidelines are out both for trip leaders and trip participants: 

View or download the guidelines click here. The link will also be fount under the above tab “Maps, Forms, Flyers, Misc.” under Forms & Flyers.

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