Anyone is welcome to join these free trips. Please reserve a spot on any hike by contacting the trip leader.
April 29: MVIC Native Plant Garden Tour
Wander around the Methow Valley Interpretive Center’s Native Plant Garden and hear about the many medicinal and edible uses of the plants we find there. We will meet at 11am. Space is limited to 12. Reserve your spot by contacting the trip leaders. Rosalee & Xavier de la Forêt firstname.lastname@example.org or 997-0545
May 27-28: A 'Botany Okanogan' weekend led by Dana Visalli at Scotch Creek Wildlife Area
Scotch Creek Wildlife area is an hour north of the Methow. We will visit some of the interesting botanical spots at Scotch Creek, and use the available 'bunkhouse' to do some plant identification on Saturday evening. We will leave from Twisp on Saturday at 9 AM and be back at about 2 PM on Sunday. Call or write Dana to sign up or with questions. email@example.com
May 5: Goal Wall Hike out of Mazama
Our route up the Goat Wall Trail will zigzag gently from the climbing rock parking lot, rather than straight up. We'll meet at the Mazama store first, to insure all have lunches, water, and to carpool. Register with Eric Burr & Margrit Broennimann firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 15-16: Dollar Watch Mountain Obsidian
This is an 18 mile round trip overnight campout in the Pasayten Wilderness. We plan to camp near the Lost River confluence of Deception Creek where we will look for volcanic rocks on Sunday morning. The total elevation gain and trail level of difficulty is moderate, crossing two low passes Billy Goat Pass (<1500 ft relief) and Lucky Pass (1200 ft relief). Email George for more information and a list of required gear for this extended outing. A short version of the hike that only goes to Billy Goat Pass for a Saturday day hike is possible if a leader volunteers for the return portion. Billy Goat Pass is an easy 1.5 mile hike beginning at Eightmile Pass Trailhead. It goes along a Rocky Trail and ends at the Pasayten Wilderness Boundary. Rock lovers will like shrubby penstemon and saxifrages; shade lovers will like Tiarella.
Confirm attendance with leader George Wooten (509-997-6010, email@example.com), limit 12 people total. You will need Wilderness gear, backpack, meals for 2 days, sleeping bag and a tent. We will carpool from Winthrop. Parking permits are required for $5 per day if you don't have a pass.
June 23: Butterfly Field Trip
Depending on conditions, we’ll choose a spot with easy walking where we can enjoy the flowers and catch butterflies to look at them closely, and then release them. Bring nets and field guides if you have them, but we have extras. Look for location confirmation via email a few days in advance of the trip. We will meet at 9am. Limited to 12 people. To reserve your spot, notify Joyce. firstname.lastname@example.org 509-996-7808