Quick reminder, areas of Blanchard Mountain will be logged beginning spring 2017 unless our state legislature funds the purchase of adjacent lands to protect the core area. A map is attached to the email. More info can be found here:
Areas within the proposed Core Area to be protected include:
▪ Lily and Lizard lakes and the campsites by each lake.
▪ Oyster Dome viewpoint.
▪ North Butte viewpoint.
▪ Samish Overlook.
▪ About 8 miles out of a total of 11 1/2 miles of trail in Blanchard Forest.
This coming Sunday there will be an opportunity for folks to show their support for Blanchard Mountain, and demonstrate to Washington’s elected officials the importance of public access to healthy trails on Blanchard Mountain.
Everyone is invited to join us for a run/ride, a sharing of the trails.
What: 15ish miles of mountain biking and running over Blanchard and up to the top of Cleator Rd in the Chuckanuts.
Beginning at the Lily/Lizard Lake trailhead, up and over Blanchard, down British Army, across the valley over the logging roads, and back by Lost Lake via the Rock Trail up to the top of Cleator. About 15 miles. Once at the top of Cleator Rd, folks can choose to head back to Bellingham via the Ridge Trail, or down to the interurban. Hiking is totally viable, but will take much longer.
When: Sunday April 17, be ready to ride or run at 11AM
Where: The lower parking lot for Lily/Lizard Lakes, directions below.
Why: To bring attention to the potential demise of some of these trails.
There will be salmon, snacks, and beverages at the top of Cleator Rd for all present, until supplies run out.
Please carpool, and park in areas that won’t affect the regular users of these parks and trails. The lot at the top of Cleator Rd is small, please try and park at the bottom of the road, or the North Chuckanut Parking Lot.
There will be directions for those unfamiliar with the trails connecting the two areas, and flagging will be used to indicate the correct route. Nice people will be present at the Lily/Lizard Lake parking lot to help get people organized.
Directions to Lily/Lizard Lakes Trailhead
Directions to the fiesta at the top of Cleator Rd
Turn east off Chuckanut Drive on Hiline Rd, near milepost 16, cross the interurban trail, and head up the gravel road.
Feel free to forward this message to anyone interested in keeping Blanchard’s trails and vistas open and enjoyable to the public.