Summer HikesSummer Sabbath afternoons will find hikers heading out to nearby trails, commencing in the early weeks with beginner-friendly nature walks, working up gradually to more challenging trips. Come enjoy the beauty of God’s creation, good conversation, and old and new friends.
2016 Hike Schedule
May 21 Ebey’s Landing
Explore a tiny National Historical Preserve on Whidbey Island. Bluff Trail takes you along a ridge to a bluff overlooking majestic Puget Sound. Relax on the ferry to and from the island. A great hike for the entire family. 5.8 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 260 ft. Difficulty: 2/5. Leaders: Brent and Elyse Lambeth.
Note: Discover Pass and ferry trip required.
June 11 Green Lake
The quintessential Seattle walk around the perimeter of a beautiful, ancient glacial lake, this trail is accessible to folk of all ages and abilities, and right outside our front door. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Paved, 2.8-mile loop. Elevation gain: minimal. Difficulty: 1/5. Leaders: Jonathan and Mariah Schreven (509-701-4143). Note: Ice cream social follows at the church.
July 9 Bike Hike
Ride your bike from Arlington to Lake Stevens on the Snohomish Centennial Trail. Enjoy a variety of scenic views and shady trees from a wide, paved path with minimal elevation change. Distance: 22 miles. Difficulty: 2/5. Leader: Ken Fairchild. Note: Stay tuned or contact Ken for information about car swaps and bike transportation options.
July 23 Summerland, Mount Rainier
Tramp through the forest, across creeks, and up valleys. This hike provides a variety of steep climbs and moderate trekking with a view that makes it all worth the effort. Arrive at Summerland meadow to discover wildflowers, possibly wildlife, and panoramic views of The Mountain. This will be an all-day activity and will include a simple outdoor church. 8.4 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 2,100 ft. Difficulty: 3/5. Leaders: John McLarty, Jonathan and Mariah Schreven (509-701-4143).
Note: National Parks Pass required. Pack a lunch!
August 6 Discovery Park Loop Trail + Ice Cream
Discovery Park has something for everyone. The Loop Trail passes through both forest and open meadows, and offers extensive views and good prospects for bird watchers. You can also take a detour from the loop to visit the picturesque lighthouse down on the beach. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. 2.8 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 140 ft. Difficulty: 1-2/5. Leader: Ken Fairchild. Note: Ice cream at the Mehrer residence following the hike.
August 20 Johnson Ridge
Traverse through meadows and along ridges while enjoying views of the Skykomish Valley and Cascade Mountains. With some significant ups and downs, this trail is not for the faint of heart. The final ascent ends with a panoramic view of jagged peaks and emerald ridges. Distance: 9 miles. Elevation gain: 2,650 ft. Difficulty: 4/5. Leaders: Jonathan and Mariah Schreven (509-701-4143). Note: Gardenburgers at the Lacy residence après-hike.
Plan on joining us for any or all of this year’s hikes. It’s a fun and healthy way to spend Sabbath afternoons.