Hiking Club

For Middle and High School WAVA Students

Fragrance Lake

Monday, May 23rd, 3:30-7:30pm

Fragrance Lake, Bellingham, WA, United States

Bellingham, WA

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Mt. Si

Saturday, May 7th, 11am

Mt Si, King County, WA, United States


From Seattle, drive I-90 to exit 32. Turn left onto 436th Ave SE. Follow 436th to its end at SE North Bend Way. Turn left. In three-tenths of a mile, turn right onto SE Mt. Si Road. Follow it 2.4 miles. Entrance to the trailhead will be on the left. A Discover Pass is required at trailhead (and don’t assume no one will check – the lot is patrolled regularly).

Please k-mail Brian Layton for more information.

Oyster Dome

Friday, March 18th, 10am-2pm

Chuckanut Drive

Bow, WA

This is our toughest hike yet! Students will connect to nature and geology and biology/ecosystems are introduced hands on.

Driving Directions

From Mount Vernon, take I-5 north to exit 231 for Chuckanut Drive (SR-11). Follow Chuckanut Drive north 10.2 miles. The trailhead will be on your right, just past milepost 10.

From Bellingham, follow Chuckanut Drive south for 11.5 miles to the trailhead, stopping just after the Oyster Bar. There is parking for about 30-40 cars along the southbound shoulder of the highway, but be sure to leave plenty of room for traffic to pass. No other facilities are available at the trailhead.

For more information: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/oyster-dome

Little Mountain Park

Friday, Feb. 19th, 11am-1pm

Little Mountain Park, Mount Vernon, WA, United States

Mount Vernon, WA

From Southbound

  1. Take Exit 225 for Anderson Road.
  2. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Fairgrounds and merge onto Anderson Road.
  3. Turn right onto Henson Road.
  4. Turn right onto E. Blackburn Road
  5. Turn right onto Little Mountain Road.
  6. Park entrance will be on your right.

From Northbound

  1. Take Exit 225 for Anderson Road
  2. Turn right onto Anderson Road.
  3. Take 1st left onto Cedardale Road.
  4. Continue straight onto Blodgett Road.
  5. Turn right onto E. Blackburn Road.
  6. Turn right onto Little Mountain Road.
  7. Park entrance will be on your right.

Stimpson Family Nature Reserve Hike

Friday, Jan. 15th, 11am

Lake Louise Road

Bellingham, WA

Explore this wonderful example of low-elevation old-growth forest. In addition to wandering among giant trees, you will find small water falls, vibrant wetlands and quiet ponds. This is a wildlife preserve and with a little patience you can see some of the many creatures that thrive in this special area. An easy three mile loop takes you past an active beaver pond and an enormous old growth fir tree. No bicycles or pets are allowed on this family friendly hike.

The main loop leading off to the left from the beaver pond gives you a nice sampling of what this close in natural retreat has to offer.

Driving Directions

From Bellingham, drive east, on Lakeway Drive (I-5 exit # 253). Follow the curvy main road which eventually becomes Cable Street. As it descends the last hill (Lake Whatcom in sight ahead) turn right onto Austin Street; this is the first right turn after the well marked pedestrian crossing. After a stop-sign, the street becomes Lake Louise Road. In about 1.5 miles look for the large trailhead parking lot on the left; be cautious of traffic when turning in. There is a local bus stop located directly across the road from the parking lot making this hike accessable with public transportation.

If you would like more information please k-mail Andy Holmes or Drew Naminga.

Lake Padden Hike

Friday, Nov. 20th 2015 at 11am-1pm

4882 Samish Way

Bellingham, WA

Lake Padden Hike:

Lake Padden Park is a community park established in 1972. The hike is classified as an easy to moderate 2.6 mile hike around the lake. Be sure to pack a lunch as we will be eating while out on the trail observing nature.

We will leave from the picnic shelter by the basketball courts shortly after 11:00 am.

Be sure to dress for the weather: rain, shine or snow!

The hike is a great way for students to build community with fellow WAVA students in the area while getting exercise and learning about nature.

Below is a link to a map of the park:


Sehome Arboretum Hike and lunch at the Viking Union

Friday, Oct. 23rd 2015 at 10:30am-1pm

505 32nd Street

Bellingham, WA

We are starting a Hiking Club and this is our easy starting hike. Students will learn about nature and the importance of exercise. It will also give them a chance to see what it is like to have lunch as a college student.

Sehome Arboretum was established in 1893. Facilities include trails, parking and interpretive displays. Sehome Arboretum is a backdrop to Western Washington University.

We will start at the Viking union, walk across campus and then summit the Seahome Arboretum.

We are going to meet for lunch at the food court entrance. This is the main entrance for the Viking Union, but there are several floors. You can bring your lunch or purchase your lunch there.

If you would like more information please k-mail Andy Holmes or Drew Naminga.