Thursday, February 21, 2019

An ice sunny day

Today's group (me behind the camera)
You can see that there were plenty of Senior Trailblazers up for an adventure on a beautiful sunny day... with no idea where to go, since all the trails are icy and snow covered. Al had to leave early, so Kirk agreed to take us on a hike through the Hundred Acre Wood in Fairhaven, and continue onto the Interurban trail and maybe get to Chuckanut Falls. 
Tree stump art (taken by Melanie)
Now the Hundred Acre Wood is not one of our usual places, and many of us had never been there before. Although the day was splendidly sunny, we also knew we would most likely be dealing with leftover ice and snow from last week's snowstorm. And we were so right. The Wood was fairly easy to navigate, but when we got to the Interurban trail, we all donned our spikes. Here's why:
Hard packed snow and ice
It made all the difference when we stopped to put on our spikes. It was cold enough last night to have hardened this surface into a treacherous situation. But we were undeterred, once we had the proper gear. So then we were able to continue on, feeling much more secure. 
Essential gear today
There were many different brands of spikes used, from Yak Trax (that don't actually have spikes but help to add some metal for grip) to several different versions of MicroSpikes that drill little points right into the ice. I had both with me today, but I used the spikes and lent my other set to one person who hadn't brought anything. It made a huge difference for all of us. We continued on our merry way to the bridge over Chuckanut Creek.
Arroyo Park bridge
We stopped here, considering whether or not to continue up the trail to the falls, or turn around. You can still see the remnants of our big snowstorm, and there have been so many people out on the trails that they are impassable without the above gear. 
Icy bridge and trail
This picture, taken from the bridge, shows the condition we dealt with today. The more we went upward, the more packed and icy the trail became. In fact, we realized that it would be treacherous coming back down, even with our gear, so we decided instead to return via the North Chuckanut trailhead and make our way back to our cars through the Hundred Acre Wood. But first we did make it all the way to Chuckanut Falls.
Today's destination
It was lovely to make it this far, and we would have had almost ten miles if we had returned the way we had come, but our trip back cut a little distance off today's hike. Nevertheless, we still covered more than nine miles, some said ten, and around 1,200 feet up and down.
Having lunch
Before we returned to the cars, however, we stopped at Fairhaven Park to have lunch. You can see how sunny and delightful it was. Frank took the picture, and both Al and Sue had already stopped hiking earlier. Since we didn't have anybody with a GPS, we could simply decide for ourselves how much distance we covered. It was a great day, and I expect we will return at some time to visit the Hundred Acre Wood again. 


  1. I'd be out in that!

    Yak Trax are commonly used here. My mother used them later on in her life.

  2. Being cautious of the ice is a smart thing. Ice can wipe you out in a hurry.

  3. I have a set of Kahtoola microspikes - and they work awesome! It's always good to see sunshine in the winter.

  4. What a perfect setting. Not only beautiful, but SUNNY! LUCKY you. LOVE that first bridge photo. Nothing quite as pretty as a mountain brook.

  5. I love the snow, but the ice is dangerous. Glad you had the right equipment and good sense--LOL! Looks like a beautiful day. :)

  6. I am always amazed what you all pull out of your back packs. You pack for every occasion and even have left overs for another.
    Goodness a table for lunch, that was nice.

  7. It's never about the weather is it? Always the equipment. Lucky that you had a spare pair of spikes.

  8. Interesting to see those spikes. Nice photos and best of all, good lunch time with friends.

  9. I know the value of the ice grips. However, II used them earlier this week but they threw off my stride so that it hurt my knee. No more walking for me for a while.

  10. Such intrepid, and well equipped, hikers.

  11. I have yak traks and have them on boots I wear for walking outside and doing the bird feeders. They keep me upright! Sometimes I wish I could wear them in town:) A Hundred Acre woods sounds like a fun place:)


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