Summer Hikes
Summer 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.

2017 Hike Schedule

May 27 Coal Creek
This hike to Coal Creek in Bellevue is an easy meander on a wide, relatively level trail. Along the way you can enjoy a waterfall and see remains of the area’s coal-mining history. The main route from the Red Town parking lot to Coal Creek Parkway is 2.8 miles each way, but there are plenty of options for a shorter walk. Meet at the Red Town trailhead at 3:30. Leader: Mark Haun

From Seattle, take I-90 east to Bellevue. After crossing I-405, take exit 13 and turn right onto Lakemont Blvd SE. In about 3 miles, where the road begins a 180-degree turn, look for the Red Town Trailhead parking on the left–this is also parking for Cougar Mountain. After parking, walk back and cross the road to reach the Coal Creek Trail on the other side, watching for fast traffic on this blind corner.

June 10 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. Leader: Ken Fairchild
Note: Ice cream social follows at the church.

July 8 Bike Hike
Iron Horse. Leader: Ken Fairchild. Note: Stay tuned or contact Ken for information about car swaps and bike transportation options.

July 29 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. Leader: Mark Haun.
Note: National Parks Pass required. Pack a lunch!

August 5 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 19 Bandera Mountain
On your way up Bandera Mountain you will get two things: a steep ascent and incredible views. With its close proximity to Seattle, Bandera is a must for anyone who considers themselves a Pacific Northwest hiker. From its wooded and meadow trails to its amazing views of Mt. Rainier at the summit and miles of forests and mountain ridges, Bandera Mountain is a special place in the Cascades that you will never forget. Distance: 7.6 miles. Elevation gain: 3,050 ft. Difficulty: 4/5. Leader: Mark Haun.

Plan on joining us for any or all of this year’s hikes. It’s a fun and healthy way to spend Sabbath afternoons.