Time: 2 hours
Bellingham was graced with beautiful blue skies this afternoon, and Raney and I made the most of it with this 4.5-mile hike. In the process, we traversed three new-to-us trails, and enjoyed an old favorite in Cedar Dust trail.
|Raney surveys the natural-log boardwalk stunts on Cedar Dust Trail.|
That aside, this walk was highly enjoyable. If you take it, I'd recommend skipping Ewok Village, and take either Gastric Bypass or Appendix down to Family Fun Center, or follow the logging roads to Cedar Dust.
|Today's loop - portions not recommended due to logging activity.|
|Today's route elevation profile.|
Tetanus took us to Powerline. (Time: 16:20, Distance 0.62 miles.) Normally, we've turned left on Powerline to get to SST. Today, we continued going straight, on a trail that doesn't appear on my maps. I'll call it the Tetanus-SST connector because, well, it connects Tetanus with SST.
|Tetanus meets Powerline; crossing Powerline, the connector path meets up with SST.|
|Checkpoint Lima has this trail mark. I haven't deciphered the meaning of the markings on this log yet.|
We headed to the right off of SST, past the piles of recently-cut logs on Road 1200. (Time: 40:00, Distance 1.53 miles.)
|Heavy logging activity today near SST.|
|Raney cruising the twisting trails on Appendix trail.|
|Appendix meets Family Fun Center.|
Gastric took us back to Road 1200. I thought I could cross Road 1200 and continue on Gastric, but the trail was unclear. I found one trail nearby, and followed it for a bit before it became overgrown with stinging nettles. Backing our way out, I found a promising trail, marked by a big white rock visible from Road 1200.
|Large white rock near Road 1200.|
|Following trails in search of Ewok Village.|
|Raney chooses the low-to-the-ground route on Cedar Dust trail.|
Cedar Dust ends at the north-side kiosk (Checkpoint Kilo). On this route we reached it at mile 3:15, having hiked 1 hour 32 minutes.
|The old familiar north-side kiosk, marking the meeting-place of Cedar Dust, Family Fun Center, Upper Bob's, and Ridge Trail.|
|A garter snake crosses Ridge Trail.|
|Bellingham Bay from Ridge Trail.|
|Looking east from Ridge Trail to Mount Baker.|
|Raney on the ridge. That's King Mountain behind her, and the Canadian coastal mountains off in the distance.|
|Bellingham Bay and the San Juan islands, from Ridge Trail.|
We arrived back at the car, marking a distance of 4.49 miles, and a hiking time of 2 hours ten minutes. It's been a great way to spend this sunny northwest afternoon.
|Back at home, Raney takes a well-deserved floor nap. I think I'll join her!|