+hydnsek Posted August 30, 2009 Share Posted August 30, 2009 (edited) Hike of the Month (HOTM) started a few years back with TotemLake's excellent series. More recently, Criminal got into the act with his Off-Week, Off-Trail HOTM. I've been on hikes in both series, but I can't always go, and there are other hikes I'd like to do with my geo-buddies, as well. So, I'm adding my own entry: Alternative Hike of the Month (AHOTM). I suppose AHOTM could also be Abby's HOTM, but it's definitely not A**H*** of the Month (unless you want the title). Our first outing was Saturday, Aug. 29, to Giants in the Earth. About 20 of us visited PSE's Wild Horse Wind Farm near Vantage and got a special presentation and tour - plus, of course, EraSeek's cache. Very cool! This thread will publicize future outings so that anyone can participate - the more, the merrier! The next AHOTM is Saturday, Sept. 12 - we'll be hiking Oyster Dome. This view cache off Chuckanut Drive (between Burlington and Bellingham) has been on my To Do list for some time; it's a healthy climb up to a fantastic view of Samish Bay and the San Juan islands. Depending on how much of a hike you want, there are three caches or six caches along the way. Round trip to Oyster Dome is listed at 6.5 miles and 1,865 of elevation gain. I'll post a start time and meeting spot coords in a few days. Here's a map of Oyster Dome area. My current thought is to park at Samish Overlook, which is the highest access and minimizes the climb over coming all the way from Chuckanut Drive. You can read more about the hike and get driving directions on the WTA page. Since a big attraction of Oyster Dome is its fantastic views, and the rock areas can be slippery and risky when wet, I will cancel this hike if it's rainy. As with other HOTM, please post here if you plan to come. See you on the trail! Edited August 30, 2009 by hydnsek Quote Link to comment
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