Outing Locations & Driving Directions

OUTING LOCATION DESCRIPTIONS: 

Sunday, September 20th, 10:00-3:00pm
EXPLORATION: Introduction to the Art of Camouflage, Fairhaven Park

The 100 Acre Wood is the Explorers unofficial stomping grounds. For years Explorers have met here to learn and harness new skills. Over consecutive seasons we can see the changes in the land, and even get to know some of the same animals and birds that call this place home. We'll embark on the Art of Camouflage and learn the activities that connect Explorers across all age groups. One game begins with an "H" and it sends everyone flying into the bushes!

Directions:  Drive down Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven. Turn left onto the Fairhaven Park Entrance. Turn right into the first parking lot. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, November 22, 2:00-7:00pm
Exploration: 100 Aker Wood

The 100 Aker Wood has been a BEC stomping ground for years now. The diverse landscape, thick sword ferns, and wise cedars make one forget their proximity to town. Expect a full day of hiking, stalking, playing games, relaxing under big trees, and lots of mystery.

Directions: From Fairhaven Park Way, turn south onto 24th St. Drive until you see Willis St and find parking. NOTE: PARKING IS LIMITED SO WE WILL SHOOT FOR QUICK TURNAROUND TIMES.  Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, November 22, 2:00-7:00pm
Exploration: Exploring after Dark at Arroyo *Night Outing*

An hour of daylight. About 45 minutes of crepuscular culture. Then the transition into complete darkness. This is one day off from the new moon, so be prepared! We’ll begin by hiking into Arroyo and finding a good place to explore, touch on the fire by friction vision for the season, then some great games, activities, investigations, and general explorations at night! 

Directions: From Fairhaven head South on Chuckanut Hwy.  Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, November 8th, 11:00-4:00pm
Exploration: Arroyo Park

Our local treasure in the Chuckanuts endlessly yields adventure and exploration. With Chuckanut Creek rushing through it's base and the steep flanks of Chuckanut Mountain on it's edge, Arroyo Park offers challenging terrain and a pristine riparian zone for spawning salmon. In early November we’ll get to find out what this patch of wild land is up to, learning from the inhabitants and playing with them. Due to the tricky drop-off location we have opted to have parents drop-off and pick-up at North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.  

Directions: From Fairhaven head South on Chuckanut Hwy.  Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, May 21st, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: Arroyo Park via North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead

Our local treasure in the Chuckanuts endlessly yields adventure and exploration. With Chuckanut Creek rushing through it's base and the steep flanks of Chuckanut Mountain on it's edge, Arroyo Park offers challenging terrain and a pristine riparian zone for spawning salmon. In mid-spring we’ll get to find out what this patch of wild land is up to, learning from the inhabitants and playing with them. Due to the tricky drop-off location we have opted to have parents drop-off and pick-up at North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead. 

Driving Directions: From Fairhaven head South on Chuckanut Hwy. Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Sunday, May 31th, 11:00-5:00pm
Exploration: Alternate Incline to Lizard Lake

We will meet at the Eastern Foohills of Blanchard Mountain. Blanchard's Alternate Incline trail climbs through a beautiful second growth forest of Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock until it reaches Lizard Lake. From Lizard Lake we can climb up Blanchard's north butte to a lookout, explore a series of caves near the lake, or test our navigation skills with endless off-trail exploration. 

Directions: Heading south on I-5, take exit 240 and turn right onto Lake Samish Road. After 0.5 miles, turn left onto Barrel Springs Road for .7 miles and turn right on Blanchard Hill Trail Rd. Continue on this road past a lower trailhead with toilets and horse trailer parking area and ignore the Lilly and Lizard Lake Trailhead sign. There is another parking area further up. You will come to a junction to Road B-2000 to Samish Overlook to the left. Stay right and go north a short distance to a parking lot for the Upper Lily Lake trailhead. Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Saturday, November 8th, 9:30am-4:00pm
Traverse: Bakerview Beach to Locust Beach

Bakerview Beach is a real gem. Prepare for epic tide flats filled with curious creatures, mud pits, roaming streams, and wide expanses of adventure. We may even find the mystical "Jungle Hut" as we traverse the water's edge and find our way toward Locust.  Bring your swimsuits and a pair of heeled water shoes that won't come off. That mud is sticky! Parents make sure to bring a change of clothes and protection for the inside of your car-- it will be a messy day! Ian, you can sleep in on this day -- we're meeting at your house! 

Drop-off Directions: Please note: there is construction going on at the house, so parking is very limited.  We'll be there to meet the Explorers, so be prepared for a quick transfer. Drive west on Eldridge Avenue/Marine Drive approximately 4.5 miles from downtown. Turn left on Bancroft Road and drive for 0.1 miles. Turn right at Olympic Way. Meet at the 3rd house on the left (1403 Olympic Way, home of the Campbells). Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: Head northwest on Eldridge Ave from the corner of Broadway for 1.2 miles. Continue onto Marine Dr. for .8 miles. Turn Left onto Locust Ave. continue for 272 ft. and park on the left. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, November 8th, 9:30am-4:00pm
Exploration: Bakerview Beach

A true hidden wonderland. Few people have explored this expanse of mud, beach, and water. We'll gush in the glorious mud, play in the warm pools of water, explore the large expanse of logs, journey out to the sea, and discover the many treasures of the tides.

Directions: Drive west on Eldridge Avenue/Marine Drive approximately 4.5 miles from downtown.  Turn left on Bancroft Road and drive for 0.1 miles.  Turn right at Olympic Way.  Meet at the 3rd house on the left (1403 Olympic Way, home of the Campbells). Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Bus Use Directions

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5. Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Samish Woods (Bayside) Montessori School on your left. “Stubbs,” our Yellow Explorers Banana Slug Bus, will be parked thereClick here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, October 26, 8:30-5:30pm
EXPLORATION: Chuckanut Mountains- SCOUTING- Arroyo Park Trailhead to Pine and Cedar Lakes Trailhead

If you remember the songline/navigation challenge from our first outing at the 100 Aker Woods, expect something like that on a very large scale!  An opportunity for orienteering, navigating, mapping, and gut-instinct. This is an extended, eight-hour meeting, because you can handle it and because we'll really get to make an excursion out of it. Make sure to come prepared.  Have layers.  Have something warm to drink. Bring a map and compass and your fire by friction kit if you have one.

Drop-Off Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 1.2 miles. Turn left on Old Samish Rd and drive for 0.2 miles. We will meet at the first parking area on the right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-Up Directions: Drive 1.2 miles south on Chuckanut Drive.  Veer left onto Old Samish Rd and continue for about 1.9 miles to the trailhead.

Sunday, October 25th, 10:00-3:00pm
EXPLORATION: North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead

Located in the heart of Bellingham the Chuckanut Mountains are a rare and amazing gem for our community. Offering endless trails, expansive ravines and hillsides, lush forests, and even habitat that is home to larger animals such as cougars and bears. Explorations here are always exciting!

Driving Directions: From Fairhaven head South on Chuckanut Hwy.  Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, March 7th, 12:00-5:00pm
Exploration: Chuckanut Ridge to N. Chuckanut Mt. Trailhead

We'll kick our season off with a great hike through the heart of the Chuckanuts. We'll start where "Dan's Traverse Tail" meets Cleator Road about 1.7 miles up the windy, mountain road. Then we'll connect to the "Chuckanut Ridge Trail" and the "Lost Lake Trail" which will take us north, past great views, and an abundance of healthy forest. There is nothing quite like traipsing through a natural setting with a group of close friends to revitalize the soul. We should cover four miles or so, which willl be a great preparation hike for our summer Chuckanut Traverse!

Drop-Off:  Drive 3.8 miles down Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven. Turn left onto Hiline Rd and continue on Cleator Road.  Drive up Cleator Road for approximately 1.7 miles-- it's 1 mile to the hairpin turn and another 0.7 miles to our trailhead. Our Google Map Destination is a little bit short... you'll have to drive for another 1.2 miles past here.

Pick-Up: From Fairhaven head South on Chuckanut Hwy.  Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, October 5th, 12:00-4:00pm
SERVICE: Boys E.C. Connelly Creek Restoration Site, Happy Valley Park

Our Official Explorers Club Restoration Site has changed dramatically in a year and a half. Blackberries that were once well over head-high have been chopped down to nothing, and many of their persistent roots have been dug out; hundreds of pounds of trash has been removed (including large car parts and a jungle gym); the reed canary grass is beginning to die off, and the alder are growing markedly faster than our Explorers. The most exciting news is that, for the first time in about 80 years, the salmon have returned. Now those returning salmon are really going to need our help if they are going to lay eggs. We'll focus on delving deeper into blackberry removal and cultivating plant communities that provide just the right environment for a vibrant and happy northwest stream. With the help of Bellingham City Parks and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, we are making a real positive impact on our land.

Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th Street and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn left onto Wilson Ave. for 0.1 of a mile. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, March 23, 12:00-5:00pm
Clayton Beach to Larrabee Boat Launch

An important rule of travel: the way back is not the same! We have made this traverse with the Vespula Veterans before, but not this way.  We'll learn just how different a path can be going the oopposite direction and in a different season.  Expect lots of time by the ocean and get ready for some rock scrambling action.

Drop-off Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand side. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions:  From Fairhaven, drive south on Chuckanut Drive for 4.7 miles. Turn right on Cove Road and drive for 0.3 miles. Turn Left on Pleasant Bay Road, follow signs to the boat launch. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, March 23, 12:00-5:00pm
Exploration: Clayton Beach

There is just so much to do here!  There are forests to explore, fossils to find, rocks to climb, giant hills of sand to play on, plus all the awesome plants and animals that call this area home. Where we go and what we do is determined by our curiosity.

Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand side. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, March 23, 12:00-5:00pm
TRAVERSE: Connelly Creek Traverse

Our traverse will begin at Marine Park in Fairhaven where the mouth of Padden Creek dumps into Bellingham Bay. Our challenge will be to navigate through the maze of mixed land use, following the interurban trail as it skirts along Padden Creek. Once we arrive at the Padden's confluence with Connelly Creek we will branch off and eventually reach the Boys EC official service site. Both Padden and Connelly Creek provide suitable habitat for Chinook, Chum, Coho, and Steelhead and resident Trout. What better way for the group to discern how to best serve the wild inhabitants of the Padden Creek Watershed, then by tracking its creeks overall riparian health and flow while exploring the mysteries it has to offer. 

Drop-off Directions: Heading south on I-5 take the Old Fairhaven Parkway exit. Take a right onto Old Fairhaven Parkway and drive for 1.3 miles. Continue onto Donovan Ave and then onto 10th Street. Turn Left onto Harris Ave. and continue for .4 of a mile. Take your first left after the train tracks and drive .1 of a mile until reaching Marine Park. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th Street and drive for .3 of a mile. Turn left onto Wilson Ave. for .1 of a mile. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, March 23, 12:00-5:00pm
TRAVERSE: Connelly Creek Traverse

Our traverse will begin at Marine Park in Fairhaven where the mouth of Padden Creek dumps into Bellingham Bay. Our challenge will be to navigate through the maze of mixed land use, following the interurban trail as it skirts along Padden Creek. Once we arrive at the Padden's confluence with Connelly Creek we will branch off and eventually reach the Boys EC official service site.

Both Padden and Connelly Creek provide suitable habitat for chinook (king), chum (dog/keta), coho (silver), and steelhead(rainbow trout) and resident trout. What better way for the group to discern how to best serve the wild inhabitants of the Padden Creek Watershed, then by tracking its creeks overall riparian health and flow while exploring the mysteries it has to offer.

Drop-off Directions: Heading south on I-5 take the Old Fairhaven Parkway exit. Take a right onto Old Fairhaven Parkway and drive for 1.3 miles. Continue onto Donovan Ave and then onto 10th Street. Turn Left onto Harris Ave. and continue for .4 of a mile. Take your first left after the train tracks and drive .1 of a mile until reaching Marine Park. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th Street and drive for .3 of a mile. Turn left onto Wilson Ave. for .1 of a mile. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, September 19th, 10:00am-4:00pm
Exploration: Deming Homestead Eagle Park

We will pile into Stubbs and head out Mt Baker Highway to the Eagle Preserve and beyond.  We’ll check out the mighty North Fork and perhaps even venture further. There will be some amazing tracking in the silty river banks, spectacular river vistas, and stunning wildlife in store for us. We’ll balance exploration, skills, and play in this adventure.

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5. Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Samish Woods (Bayside) Montessori School on your left. “Stubbs,” our Yellow Explorers Banana Slug Bus, will be parked thereClick here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, November 2nd, 12:00-4:00pm
Exploration: Galby Lane

Some might know this location as Galby Lane, others might call it South Lake Padden, either way it is slowly becoming an Explorers Club favorite. This locations extensive network of trails winding through mature groves of Hemlock, Spruce, Cedar, and Douglas Fir is rich with wild edibles growing off nursing stumps and logs offering us a living example of forest succession and health. Getting off-trail there are abundant places to find solitude and practice Earth Skills. 

Directions: Drive south on S. Samish Way for 3.6 miles. Go past the entrances for that directly access the lake and golf course. Look for the gravel parking lot on the right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, October 27, *EXTENDED OUTING* 11:00am-5:00pm 
EXPLORATION: Nooksack River - Deming Homestead Eagle Park

We’re going to meet at SAMISH WOODS MONTESSORI to take Stubbs, our hard-working Banana Slug bus, east on 542 to an exciting new location! We'll turn off the highway past Deming to the Homestead Eagle Park. There is so much fun, open riparian habitat to explore next to the river and a ton of Japanese Knotweed we can knock over. The weather will be clear so that we can enjoy a lazy afternoon by the river. It’ll be sunny, right?! ***Please note that we are meeting at Samish Woods Montessori and NOT Sehome Haggen.***

Directions: From I-5, drive south on S. Samish Way for 0.8 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination

Sunday, October 27, *EXTENDED OUTING* 11:00am-5:00pm 
EXPLORATION: Nooksack River - Deming Homestead Eagle Park

We will pile into Stubbs and head out Mt Baker Highway to the Eagle Preserve and beyond.  We’ll check out the mighty North Fork and perhaps even venture further. There is some amazing tracking in the silty river banks, spectacular river vistas, and stunning wildlife in store for us. We’ll balance exploration, skills, and play in this adventure.

Directions: From I-5, drive south on S. Samish Way for 0.8 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination

Sunday, October 26th, 12:00-4:00pm
EXPLORATION: Introduction to the Art of Camouflage, Fairhaven Park

This is the Explorers unofficial stomping grounds. For years Explorers have met here to learn and harness new skills. Over consecutive seasons we can see the changes in the land and even get to know some of the same animals and birds that call this place home. We'll embark on the Art of Camouflage and learn the activities that connect Explorers across all age groups. One game begins with an "H" and it sends everyone flying into the bushes!

Directions:  Drive down Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven. Turn left onto the Fairhaven Park Entrance. Turn right into the first parking lot. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, October 26th, 12:00-4:00pm
EXPLORATION: Fairhaven Park

Explorations deepen and continually unfold for our Explorers at Fairhaven Park and the 100 Acre Woods. We will practice our skills, navigate and explore the mysteries of the woods, huddle under sword ferns, listen to the language of the birds, laugh, and play in this great group sit spot.

Directions: Drive down Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven. Turn left onto the Fairhaven Park Entrance. Turn right into the first parking lot. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, October 25th, 10:00am-3:00pm
EXPLORATION: Fragrance Lake

This gem of a mountain lake is a popular visiting site and a popular trail.  There are rumors of a secret trail to the lake that we could attempt to find and follow.  Perhaps we make it all the way to the lake, perhaps not. The journey is the true reward. Who knows what awaits!

Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand sideClick here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, October 25th, 10:00am-3:00pm
EXPLORATION: Fragrance Lake

Heading up from the Fragrance Lake trailhead, we’ll soon cross the Interurban Trail, the route of an old trolleyline from Bellingham, then plunge into a thick, twilit forest of 100-year-old firs, cedars and hemlocks among a carpet of swordferns that rival the size of an Arthurian broadsword. If we don’t make it all the way to the lake, it’ll likely because we’ve taken the spur out to the view site or enjoyed a sit spot listening to the “chip, chip” of Pacific wrens no bigger than my thumb competing with the rubber-mouse-like squeak of chipmunks and squirrels.

Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand sideClick here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, October 26th, 12:00-4:00pm
Fragrance Lake to Larrabee Traverse (Cleator Road to Two Dollar Trail)

Drop-off Directions: Drive 3.8 miles down Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven. Turn left onto Hiline Rd and continue on Cleator Rd.  Drive for approximately 3/4 of a mile until the first Larrabee State Park sign with a pull-off on the right.Click here for the Google Map Destination.

THE ABOVE IS FOR THE SHORTER HIKE

Drop-off Directions: Drive 3.8 miles down Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven. Turn left onto Hiline Rd and drive for 0.2 miles. Park on the right side near the Interurban Trail. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

THE ABOVE IS FOR THE LONGER HIKE

Pick-up Directions: Drive south on Chuckanut Dr. for 5 miles. Turn right into Larrabee State Park. Follow the road to the left and meet in the day use parking. NOTE: WASHINGTON STATE  REQUIRES A DISCOVERY PASS FOR PARKING. TO AVOID A TICKET, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASS. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, December 12th , 12:00PM-5:00pm
CAMPFIRE: Larrabee State Park

The DDC will come together for the final outing of this blustery fall season. This is a make up outing that was re-scheduled due to inclimate weather and logistical difficulties planning our overnight. We will be gathering at Larrabee State Park to have a campfire, cook some food, practice some skills, and chat about our upcoming Spring 2016 season.

Directions: Drive south on Chuckanut Dr. for 5 miles. Turn right into Larrabee State Park. Follow the road to the left and meet in the day use parking. NOTE: WASHINGTON STATE  REQUIRES A DISCOVERY PASS FOR PARKING. TO AVOID A TICKET, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASS. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, May 31, 10:00am-5:00pm **Extended Outing**

EXPLORATION: Hannegan Pass Road

We will take Stubbs, our Explorers’ Banana Slug Bus, out Highway 542 straight to the heart of the North Cascades. Turning off the 542, we will park at Hannegan Road and continue east on foot or snowshoes! Hiking the road we will wind along the upper headwaters of the North Fork of the Nooksack. The first few miles parallel the North Fork under the shadow of Goat Mountain with a relatively low incline. Soon the low-lying river valley turns into hemlock and spruce laden forest as the mountains grow ever more dynamic. At mile three the trail comes to a junction with the glacier-carved Ruth Creek Valley. Eventually it leads east to Hannegan Pass or follows the Nooksack Cirque Trail to its Terminus with the Nooksack Glacier. There are continuous views of the Nooksack Ridge and frozen waterfalls along the steep cliffs of Mt. Sefrit to the south.

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5.  Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Bayside Montessori School on your left.  “Stubbs” our Explorers Banana Slug Bus will be parked there. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, May 31, 10:00am-5:00pm **Extended Outing**

EXPLORATION: Hovander Park (Driving Directions)

Directions: Driving north on I-5 and take exit 262. Turn right onto W Axton/Main St and drive for .6 of a mile. Turn left onto Hovander Rd. and and drive for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto Nielsen Ave and drive for .7 of a mile. Take a right onto River Lea Rd.and drive for .5 of a mile. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, September 21st, 12:00-5:00pm
EXPLORATION: Lake Padden Park (Dog Park entrance)

Lake Padden is a local gem with all kinds of mysteries hidden in its sandstone folds: giant cedars in a secret sanctuary, trillium, oyster mushrooms, raptors, crayfish, and much more. It's a great spot to play some epic games and enjoy the end of our fall season.

Directions: Drive south on S. Samish Way for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Lakeshore Dr (golf course entrance). Continue to the end of the road. We will meet at the south end of the lake near the dog park. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, October 19, 12:00am-4:00pm
Exploration: Larrabee State Park

Directions: Drive south on Chuckanut Dr. for 5 miles. Turn right into Larrabee State Park. Follow the road to the left and meet in the day use parking. NOTE: WASHINGTON STATE  REQUIRES A DISCOVERY PASS FOR PARKING. TO AVOID A TICKET, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASS. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, October 19, *EARLY START* 11:00am-4:00pm
LARRABEE TRAVERSE: Larrabee Boat Launch to Clayton Beach parking area

Previous Explorers have made the momentous journey from Larrabee Boat Launch to Clayton Beach and it is now time for the Red-Tailed Eyas to try. This year, we'll embrace the low tide and get around the corner first thing.  PLEASE BRING WATER SHOES in case the tide is high! If it's too high for us to make the crossing, then we'll get back into the vehicles and start the outing at Larrabee State Park... And while the beach at Clayton is now closed, we do have access to paths within the park boundaries that will make this a memorable and challenging trip. Come ready for adventure!

Drop-off Directions: From Fairhaven, drive south on Chuckanut Drive for 4.7 miles. Turn right on Cove Road and drive for 0.3 miles. Turn Left on Pleasant Bay Road, follow signs to the boat launch. Click here for the Google Map Directions.

Pick-up Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand side. Click here for the Google Map Destination.


Saturday, October 19, *EARLY START* 11:00am-4:00pm
Larrabee Beach Traverse

This traverse is one that few Explorers Club groups have done before! We will attempt to traverse the beach from Larrabee Boat Launch to Clayton Beach. If we can accomplish this goal, we will see areas of Larrabee that are not accessible by any trail.

Drop-off Directions: From Fairhaven, drive south on Chuckanut Drive for 4.7 miles. Turn right on Cove Road and drive for 0.3 miles. Turn Left on Pleasant Bay Road, follow signs to the boat launch. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: We will finish our day at the Clayton Beach parking lot. Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand side. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, May 17 to Sunday, May 18, 8:00am-4:00pm *OVERNIGHT*
EXPLORATION: Return to Lizard Lake

Yes, most of you remember Lizard Lake. The hike includes the big slog up to Oyster Dome and then beyond. Expect some hard work for unbelievable views on the way. We'll head to Lily Lake and then to Lizard. Years ago we discovered a cave-pocked multi-layered world just over the hill, and now is our chance to return and see how we and the land have both changed.

Click here for the equipment list for this outing.

Directions: Drive south on Chuckanut Dr. for 9.7 miles. The trailhead will be on the lefthand side just after the Oyster Bar. Click here for the Google Map destination.

Saturday, November 21st, 9:00am-5:00pm
Exploration: Lizard Lake

We will take Stubbs out to the Eastern Foothills of Blanchard Mountain. Blanchard's Alternate Incline trail climbs through a beautiful second growth forest of Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock until it reaches Lizard Lake. From Lizard Lake we can climb up Blanchard's north butte to a lookout, explore a series of caves near the lake, or test our navigation skills with endless off-trail exploration.

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5. Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Samish Woods (Bayside) Montessori School on your left. “Stubbs,” our Yellow Explorers Banana Slug Bus, will be parked thereClick here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, November 16th, 11:00-4:00pm
Exploration: Lost Lake Trailhead (Clayton Beach Parking Lot)

In the summer this place is great for Spider's Web and for beach exploration. In the spring season we'll look to the east and explore around Fragrance Lake Road, just east of the Clayton Beach parking lot. We'll discover some vibrant landscape hidden just off the trail. The Clayton Beach area is filled with mystery: guaranteed we will find some hidden patch or secret area that no Explorers Club has every found before. 

Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand side. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, March 9, 12:00-5:00pm
Exploration: Madrona Crest via Arroyo Park

Beginning at Arroyo Park we will start the long climb up the northern flanks of the Chuckanut Mountains. This trek is seven miles round trip and gains 1425 feet of elevation so come well rested with lots of water. The ridges abundance of sunlight and rocky outcropping has developed a unique ecology Madronas and Alder with lush undergrowth of Salal, not to mention spectacular vistas!  

Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 1.2 miles. Turn left on Old Samish Rd and drive for 0.2 miles. We will meet at the first parking area on the right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, March 9, 12:00-5:00pm
Marine Life Center Touch Tank - Squalicum Harbor

Drop-off Directions: Drive 0.8 miles from where W Chestnut turns into Roeder AVe. Turn Left into Parking lot and meet outside of Marine Life Center. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: Continue on Roeder past the turn for the Marine Life Center. Turn Left on Coho Way and follow to Zuanich Park. We will meet near the restrooms building at the NW corner of the park. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, October 20, 11:00am-5:00pm *EXTENDED OUTING*

WHATCOM CREEK TRAVERSE: From Martitime Heritage Park to Bloedel Donovan Park

From the ocean to the bay. We will travel like salmon up the stream from our saltwater adventure to our fresh water home. It will be an epic journey and definitely a long challenge as we wind our way upstream. Don't miss this one!

Drop-off Directions: Maritime Heritage Park is located at 500 W. Holly Street between the Central Business District and the Lettered Streets Neighborhood. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: Bloedel Donovan Park is located at 2214 Electric Avenue in the Silver Beach Neighborhood. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, November 17, *EARLY START* 11:00-4:00pm

TRAVERSE: North Chuckanut Trailhead to Teddy Bear Cove

When the Daredevil's Club group embarked on this journey, they earned their namesake by navigating through a maze of Devil's Club and Stinging Nettle. Perhaps the plants will have settled down by the time we try to hike through; perhaps we will have to venture up and over along the scree field. We'll listen to what the land says and then work together to find the best course of action. It'll be a good change to learn about STOPP and build our club into a cohesive group. Then it's all celebration and a nice walk till we access the shoreline!

Drop off Directions: From Fairhaven head South on Chuckanut Hwy.  Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: Shore-side pullout on Chuckanut Drive, just after the Teddy Bear Cove trailhead (0.7 miles past the drop-off parking 

Saturday, September 27th: 12:00am-5:00pm
EXPLORATION: North Lake Whatcom trailhead (Parents Driving)

Situated between the base of Stewart Mountain and the shore of Lake Whatcom, this trail winds through wetlands, waterfalls, and large Douglas Fir. Offering abundant swimming holes and creek drainages to follow up into Mt. Steward's watershed. This land is a living example of how, with some careful preservation and stewardship, an ecosystem can recover from being logged a century ago.

Directions: From downtown, take Cornwall Ave north for 1 mile. Turn right onto Alabama St. and drive for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Northshore Dr. and follow it for 7.2 miles. Turn left onto Northshore Rd. The trailhead will be in your left in .5 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, September 27th: 12:00am-5:00pm
EXPLORATION: North Lake Whatcom trailhead (BEC Driving)

We’re going to meet at SAMISH WOODS MONTESSORI to take Stubbs, our hard-working Banana Slug bus, over the creek and past the lake to the far end of Silver Beach. Situated between the base of Stewart Mountain and the shore of Lake Whatcom, this trail winds through wetlands, waterfalls, and large Douglas Fir. Offering abundant swimming holes and creek drainages to follow up into Mt. Steward's watershed. This land is a living example of how, with some careful preservation and stewardship, an ecosystem can recover from being logged a century ago. 

Directions: From I-5, drive south on S. Samish Way for 0.8 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, November 1st, 12:00-4:00pm
Exploration: North Galbraith Mountain Trailhead

We’ll check out a patch of wilderness with an interesting living history. We’ll explore the various trails, do some authentic navigation, play plenty of games, and consider the role of people in this land. We’ll use our Art of Wandering Skills to navigate Galbraith. Come prepared for adventure and discovery as we pick a location and navigate our way through it. Of course, there will be time for some games, challenges, and open exploration. Let’s see what we can find out there. 

Directions: Drive East on Lakeway Dr from I-5 for approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Birch St and continue to the end of the road 0.3 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, November 1st, 12:00-4:00pm
Exploration: North Galbraith Mountain Trailhead

Galbraith isn’t just good for mountain biking, but exploring as well! Come prepared for adventure and discovery as we pick a location and navigate our way through this local forestland.  Of course, there will be time for some games, challenges, and open exploration.  Let’s see what we can find out there! 

Directions: Drive East on Lakeway Dr from I-5 for approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Birch St and continue to the end of the road 0.3 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, November 9th, 12:00-5:00pm
Exploration: North Lake Samish Trailhead

In Whatcom County, we are blessed to have the endless trails of the Chuckanut Mountains right in our backyard. On this outing, the Explorers will have to grasp the nettle as they navigate the steep slopes of the eastern Chuckanuts and face the bitter cold of our winter season. The North Lake Samish trail boasts some spectacular vistas and waterfalls and also holds some challenging route finding through mixed use logging terrain. If we are lucky we might even make it to Pine Lake.

Directions: From Bellingham head south on I-5 and take exit 246 toward North Lake Samish. Turn left onto Lake Samish Drive for 1.6 miles. Take a sharp right onto Lake Samish County Park. The parking lot will be on your right. Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Sunday, September 21st, 10:00am-4:00pm
Exploration: Old Growth at Mile Marker 44

In 1937 1400 acres of old growth forest was set aside at Milepost 44 on the Mt. Baker Highway. This grove of Fir, Cedar, and Hemlock stands adjacent to the North Fork of the Nooksack. Some of the ancient trees are so close to the road that it seems the highway goes around them. Walking amongst these sacred gaints is sure to inspire awe. We'll remember to get quiet and listen to all that this landscape has to teach. 

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5. Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Samish Woods (Bayside) Montessori School on your left. “Stubbs,” our Yellow Explorers Banana Slug Bus, will be parked thereClick here for the Google Map Destination.

Old Growth at Mile Marker 44 

Magic. This spot of old growth is complete magic. It is sure to inspire awe, walking among beings far older than we can experientially wrap our minds around. We’ll get to see what happens and who grows when a forest is left intact. 

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5.  Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Bayside Montessori School on your left.  “Stubbs” our Explorers Banana Slug Bus will be parked there. Click 

Sunday, June 7th, 12:00-5:00pm
EXPLORATION: Padden Creek Traverse 

Lake Padden is a local gem with all kinds of mysteries hidden in its sandstone folds: giant cedars in a secret sanctuary, trillium, oyster mushrooms, raptors, crayfish, and much more. For this traverse we'll hike along the Padden Lake Loop Trail until to its junction with the Padden Gorge Trail. Following the ambling creek downward we'll discover how the Padden Creek connects to Connelly, eventually arriving at our service site. 

Drop-Off Directions: Drive south on S. Samish Way for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Lakeshore Dr (golf course entrance). Continue to the end of the road. We will meet at the south end of the lake near the dog park. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-Up Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th Street and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn left onto Wilson Ave. for 0.1 of a mile. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, June 8, 11:00am-5:00pm
EXPLORATION: Point Whitehorn

Point Whitehorn is wild and vibrant plot of woods right along the coast. We’ll get to know the many interesting inhabitants of this curious community, play some games, learn a little about the story of the place, and explore!

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5.  Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Bayside Montessori School on your left.  “Stubbs” our Explorers Banana Slug Bus will be parked there. Click 

Sunday, June 8, 11:00am-5:00pm
EXPLORATION: Pine and Cedar Lakes

Our final outing of the season will be an epic hike!  We will be preparing for our summer Backpacking opportunities by climbing up into the Chuckanuts to the beautiful Pine and Cedar Lakes!  Our hard work will be rewarded by the opportunity to see carnivorous plants, find ancient trees and hopefully find some of the first ripe berries of summer!  We’ll challenge ourselves with a good hike full of games, skills, and adventure. 

Directions: Drive 1.2 miles south on Chuckanut Drive. Veer left onto Old Samish Rd and continue for about 1.9 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right. Click here for the Google Map Destination

Saturday, September 12th, 10:00-4:00pm
TRAVERSE: Pine & Cedar Lakes Trail to Arroyo Park

This swath of the Chuckanuts has no trails running through it yet connects two of the major parts of the chuckanut mountains. As a traverse we will have to work together as a group to complete this trip as well as use our skills in navigation and tracking to find a good route through the thick pacific Northwest undergrowth. 

Drop off Directions: Drive 1.2 miles south on Chuckanut Drive.  Veer left onto Old Samish Rd and continue for about 1.9 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Thursday and Friday: Pine and Cedar Lakes Backpack & Campout
Drop-off at 10:00am, Pick-up on Friday at 2:00pm

Get your backpacks ready and your minds set for adventure. Pine and Cedar Lakes are amazing spots to explore. Carnivorous plants being just one reason! Also an unbelievable opportunity to camp on an island in the middle of a pristine lake. Bring all the gear you'll need, including a swimsuit and water shoes. We'll have the tents and food. This will be an overnight you won't forget.

Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: Drive 1.2 miles south on Chuckanut Drive. Veer left onto Old Samish Rd and continue for about 1.9 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pine & Cedar Lakes 

Floating logs full of carnivorous plants are just one of the many intriguing offerings this patch of local wild is home to. We’ll challenge ourselves with a good hike full of games, skills, and adventure. 

Saturday, March 22, 11:00am-5:00pm
EXPLORATION: Fire and Fossils, Racehorse Falls

139 vertical feet of cascading water. A deep fold of Chuckanut Sandstone. A momentous flash flood in 2009.  Fossilized relics from an Eocene River delta.  All this comes together to create a magnificent exploration.  Racehorse falls will be a fantastic start to our season!  After exploring around the falls we will probably look for a good location to sharpen up our knife skills, and begin the earth skills journey of the Art of fire. Given that it is spring and we are headed to north cascades foot hills, it should go without saying that we should be prepared for chilly and wet weather!  It should be a grand adventure!

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5.  Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Bayside Montessori School on your left.  “Stubbs” our Explorers Banana Slug Bus will be parked thereClick here for the Google Map Destination.

Racehorse Falls 

139 vertical feet of cascading water. A deep fold of Chuckanut Sandstone. A momentous flash flood in 2009.  Fossilized relics from an Eocene River delta.  All this comes together to create a magnificent exploration.  Racehorse falls never ceases to amaze.

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5.  Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Bayside Montessori School on your left.  “Stubbs” our Explorers Banana Slug Bus will be parked thereClick 

Sunday, September 27th, 9:00-5:00pm
Exploration: Ridley Creek Trail 686

We'll meet at Stubbs bright and early in order to get on the road and out to a long day-hike. If we are well-prepared and ready to hike then we'll have enough time to get all the way up to the subalpine meadows of Mazama Park. Lupine, moraines, babbling brooks, wildflowers, and talus fields await our long climb. We'll have up close and personal views of the north side of Mt. Baker and the Black Buttes, this location is sure to impress.

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5. Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Samish Woods (Bayside) Montessori School on your left. “Stubbs,” our Yellow Explorers Banana Slug Bus, will be parked thereClick here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, November 9th, 11:00-4:00pm 
Traverse: Sehome Arboretum (Lower Parking Lot)

Look forward to both on and off-trail hiking! We will explore the lesser-known areas of this hill; relying primarily on our newly developed navigation skills to scramble over rocks, slide down dirt hills and find our way through the many enchanted gullies to the top. It is easy to find your way down the Arboretum, but what about finding our way up to the lookout tower? We will use the skills of navigation that we have learned to continue exploring this amazing park in the center of our city.

Drop-off directions: Drive up Bill McDonald Pkwy Towards WWU. Turn right to 25th Street. Take a slight right toward the Arboretum and find parking immediately on the right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: Drive up Bill McDonald Pkwy Towards WWU. Turn right to 25th Street. Take a slight right toward the Arboretum and drive all of the way to the end of the road. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, February 8, 9:00am-3:00pm
Exploration: Birding Expedition at Semiahmoo Spit

Semiahmoo Spit extends northeast separating the shallow eelgrass community of Drayton Harbor and the wind driven waves that often fill Semiahmoo Bay. 

Join mentors as we traverse the beach looking at a myriad of birdlife ranging from small “peeps” and plovers to the awesome presence of hunting bald eagles. Sharp eyes may even catch sight of river otters and seals foraging in the ocean. We'll meet together at Samish Woods Montessori so that we can board Stubbs, our yellow banana slug bus!

Directions: From I-5, drive south on S. Samish Way for 0.8 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, February 8, 9:00am-3:00pm
Exploration: Sehome Arboretum

Look forward to both on and off trail hiking! We will explore the lesser-known areas of this hill; relying primarily on our newly developed navigation skills to scramble over rocks, slide down dirt hills and find our way through the many enchanted gullies.

Drop-off Directions: Drive up Bill McDonald Pkwy Towards WWU. Turn right to 25th Street. Take a slight right toward the Arboretum and drive all of the way to the end of the road. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up directions: Drive up Bill McDonald Pkwy Towards WWU. Turn right to 25th Street. Take a slight right toward the Arboretum and find parking immediately on the right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, November 8th, 10:00-3:00pm
SHOWDOWN: Games day with the Salamander Efts, North Galbraith Mountain Trailhead

We'll will meet the Salamander Efts for some friendly competition during which we will work both together and against each other. It’s possible that we’ll play "Life and Death in the Forest" and set up an epic game of "Spider's Web" or "Ripple Through the Forest." Mentors may even have a couple of tricks up their sleeves too :) Be perpared with your best stealth and camouflauge skills!

Directions: Drive East on Lakeway Dr from I-5 for approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Birch St and continue to the end of the road 0.3 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination.


Sunday, April 6, 11:00-5:00pm
Exploration: Squires Lake

We will take Stubbs, our Explorers Banana Slug Bus, to Squires Lake where we will explore the lake and surrounding forest. There are beaver lodges, bald eagle nests, a myriad of life teeming in the waters, and limitless places to play games, explore, take a sit spot, and delve deeply into the natural realm.

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5.  Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Bayside Montessori School on your left.  “Stubbs” our Explorers Banana Slug Bus will be parked there. Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Sunday, April 6, 11:00-5:00pm
Exploration: Alger Alp & Squires Lake

We will take Stubbs, our Explorers’ Banana Slug Bus, to Squires Lake trailhead where we will explore the lake and surrounding forest. There are beaver lodges, bald eagle nests, a myriad of life teeming in the waters, and limitless places to play. After passing the lake we will connect with the South Ridge Trail and continue our 1025 foot climb to the top of the 1350 foot peak. Alger Alp is unofficially named and one of the smallest peaks along the Pacific Northwest Trail. It is sometimes called "Little Baldy" by locals because of its unique cliff bands towards the summit. Most of our hike will be on trail and logging roads but the true summit with its views is a bushwhack. The summit offers spectacular 360-degree views of Blanchard Mountain, Samish Bay and the Skagit Valley flats to the south and west; Mount Baker and the Black Buttes to the east; Mount Rainer to the South.

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5.  Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Bayside Montessori School on your left.  “Stubbs” our Explorers Banana Slug Bus will be parked there. Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Saturday, November 22, 2:00-7:00pm
Exploration: Squires Lake *Night Outing*

We will take Stubbs, our Explorers’ Banana Slug Bus, to Squires Lake trailhead where we will explore the lake and surrounding forest. There are beaver lodges, bald eagle nests, a myriad of life teeming in the waters, and limitless places to play. Using a combination of stealth, luck, and tracking we might be able to observe the beavers working at their most active time (dusk).

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5.  Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Samish Woods Montessori School on your left.  “Stubbs” our Explorers Banana Slug Bus will be parked there. Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Saturday, September 20th, 12:00-5:00pm
SHOWDOWN: Games day with the Daredevil's Club, Galby Lane

We'll will meet the Daredevil's Club for some friendly competition during which we will work both together and against each other. It’s possible that we’ll play "Life and Death in the Forest" and set up an epic game of "Spider's Web" or "Ripple Through the Forest." Mentors may even have a couple of tricks up their sleeves too :) Be perpared with your best stealth and camouflauge skills!

Directions: Drive south on S. Samish Way for 3.6 miles. Go past the entrances for that directly access Lake Padden and the golf course. Look for the gravel parking lot on the right. Bellinghamsters also park there for mountain bike access to Galbraith Mountain. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, September 20th, 12:00-5:00pm
Exploration: Stimpson Reserve

We debated about this location, as it requires about a 5 mile drive from downtown Bellingham, but it is just such an amazing spot! We can set our sights on checking out the full loop and discovering just how many distinctly different zones Stimpson has to offer or perhaps explore some of the mysterious valleys to the northwest of Geneva Pond. Expect plentiful amphibians and all kinds of other creatures skittering about.

Directions: From Bellingham, take Lakeway Drive east for 3 miles. Continue for another .5 miles as it turns into Terrace Ave and then Cable Street. Take a right on Austin St and drive for .4 miles. Turn left on Lake Louise Rd and drive for 1.1 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, October 12th, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: Teddy Bear Cove Traverse

We will traverse Chuckanut Drive through the woods off-trail and work our way to the cove, playing our favorite games as we go. Perhaps even navigate through the patch of Devils Club that gave one of the elder BEC groups their name; the Daredevils Club.

Drop off Directions: From Fairhaven head South on Chuckanut Hwy.  Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: Shore-side pullout on Chuckanut Drive, just after the Teddy Bear Cove trailhead (0.7 miles past the drop-off parking lot). Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, October 12th, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: Tennant Lake/Hovander Park/Point Whitehorn

On our outing we'll check out Hovander first, then head over to Tennant, pitch tents, cook a meal, explore the boardwalk at night... and probably light some swamp gas on fire! We'll end with an exploration of one of our most magnificent county parks and a day by a wide beach.  Don't miss this!

Directions: To reach the park, take the Ferndale Exit (262) off Interstate 5, go west to the railroad underpass, immediately turn left and follow signs to the Tennant Lake Park. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, October 12, 8:30am-5:30pm *EXTENDED OUTING*

EXPLORATION: Twin Lakes and Winchester Lookout

We'll meet at Stubbs bright and early in order to get on the road and out to a long day-hike. If we are well-prepared and ready to hike then we'll have enough time to get all the way past Twin Lakes to Winchester Lookout. Learn more about this awesome spot here.

Directions: From Downtown, take Samish Way south past I-5.  Turn right and continue on South Samish Way for 0.7 miles.  Look for Samish Woods Montessori School on your left.  “Stubbs” our Explorers Banana Slug Bus will be parked there. Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Sunday, November 22nd, 10:00-3:00pm
Traverse: Two Dollar Trail to Larrabee State Park

The two dollar trail climbs steep switch backs to a forested ridge with views out over Bellingham Bay. From here the trail continues to climb and traverse its way over to Fragrance lake. The forest around fragrance lake is full of lush vegitation and sandstone cliffs and caves for exploration. The lake itself is home to many types of anphibians and other animals that rely on the lake as aprt of their habitat. 

Drop-off Directions: Drive 3.8 miles down Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven. Turn left onto Hiline Rd and continue on Cleator Road.  Drive up Cleator Road for approximately 1.7 miles-- it's 1 mile to the hairpin turn and another 0.7 miles to our trailhead. Our Google Map Destination is a little bit short... you'll have to drive for another 1.2 miles past here.

Pick-up Directions: From Fairhaven, drive south on Chuckanut Dr for 5 miles. Turn right into Larrabee State Park. Turn left at the stop sign and you'll see us on the left. Please don't drive all the way to the stage area.

Saturday, September 13th, 12:00-5:00pm
EXPLORATION: Whatcom Falls Park

In our first exploration of the year we'll explore Bellingham's famous and prized watershed of Whatcom Creek. Depending on how much it has rained (or is raining!) it is likely that we'll spend time at the old bridge and the falls. There are also some little nooks and corners of this park in which we can find shelter or play games. Explorers may learn another backbone Explorers game, Spider's Web. The forest is as inspiring as it is dark this time of year.

Directions:  From Fred Meyer, drive east on Lakeway. Turn left on Silver Beach Road at the traffic signal. Follow the road to the parking lot in front of the playground, picnic shelter, and fish ponds. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Saturday, September 13th, 12:00-5:00pm
EXPLORATION: Whatcom Falls Park

This 241 acre park has so much to offer! From waterfalls and natural sandstone sculptures, to pools teeming with crayfish and otters, to acres of mysterious woodland. Just off trail, where surprisingly few go, is a natural wonderland in the heart of Bellingham. We will follow the creek, hop into the forest, and see what we can find.

Directions: Head East on Lakeway Dr for 1.5 miles from I5. Turn Left on Silver Beach Rd. Drive .4 miles to parking lot. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

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