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Take a hike with Trails Network

April 19, 2013 · Updated 12:39 PM

The Lopez Community Trails Network is again scheduling a series of hikes open to the public under the title of “Go Take a Hike.”

Their hike schedule, under the direction of Bob Walker includes a variety of destinations on and off the island, including easy beach walks to more strenuous mountain hikes. There is no expense except the sharing of transportation costs when the group goes off island.

The group’s upcoming hike is Cascade Falls in Moran State Park on Orcas on April 20. Walker leads this hike that parallels the stream which flows from Mountain Lake to Cascade Lake.  This is in a gorgeous spring environment with multiple waterfalls and such an easy short hike too. It is about 2.5 miles round trip, (Olga Road to the dam and return).  Those on Lopez will car pool for the 9:55 a.m. ferry to Orcas. Those in Eastsound must meet at Orcas trailhead at 11:15. Return to Lopez on the 3:10 p.m. ferry.  Sign up with Walker by calling 468-3397 or email robwillwalk@hotmail.com.

Orcas Islanders can also join the Trails Network for a hike on Turtleback Mountain on July 13.  Mike Moore will lead hikers from the south trailhead approach, which gives  immediate views to other San Juan Islands on the south. As hikers head up, mossy outcrops and wildflowers appear as well as the mountain crest.  The new Turtlehead connector trail may be ready for participants to explore.  This is a three to six miles, round trip depending.  They will car pool from Lopez on an early morning ferry.

Sign up with Mike Moore at 468-3622 or Bob Walker at 468-3397.

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