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Friday, May 17, 2013

Come Hiking With Us!

It's that time of year!  Time to brush the cobwebs off your hiking boots, dig out your trail maps, and start planning your summer hiking trips.  We'd like to help you ease into planning mode, by organizing a most excellent early season outing for you! 

Next Saturday May 25th, long-time conservation advocate and Washington Wild friend, Harry Romberg, will be leading a hike for our members and supporters. The hike will follow the newly reconstructed Pratt Connector trail in the Middle Fork Valley.  It travels through part of the proposed Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions area and runs next to the Pratt River, which we are working to permanently protect with a Wild & Scenic River designation. 

It starts by crossing the impressive arch bridge over the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and then heads southwest, following the Middle Fork downstream.  This hike features deep river pools, cliffside views, and an 8-foot diameter old-growth Douglas Fir!  There are many spectacular lunch and rest stops on the river or under the thick mossy canopy, weather depending.  Total distance is 5 to 8 miles round-trip (depending on the group’s preferences).  This is a relatively flat to slightly rolling hike. 

The updated version of the Pratt Connector Trail is likely not found in any guidebooks, as it was revamped by Washington Trails Association  trail crews so recently.  Old descriptions of this hike make it sound like a nightmare: tough route-finding, significant bushwhacking, mud, water crossings... there will be none of that!  Trails crews eliminated all of those difficulties, so this trip should be straightforward and fully enjoyable.

Date: Saturday May 25th
Time: 9:00am

Meeting Place: Middle Fork Trailhead, 11.8 miles up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road (Forest Road 56) just outside of North Bend.  A NW Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead.
Cost: Free! 

  

If you would like to attend, please email Christine 
(christine[at]wawild[dot]org) 
or call our office at 206-633-1992.

 

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