Keep Your Cool on Lopez Hill

Guided hike on Lopez Hill

Sunday, August 23rd, 1pm

Yes, it’s time again for the summer Keep Your Cool hike on Lopez Hill. Beat the heat while enjoying the cool greenery of Lopez Hill. This guided hike will meet at the parking area off Lopez Sound Road: directions to the trailhead. It’s guaranteed to be cooler than Lopez Village! We’ll probably break into two groups, one for fast walkers and one for ramblers. Please dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes for hiking, and bring water. See you there!

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Celebrate National Trails Day on Lopez Island

Date Saturday, June 6, 2015
Location Iceberg Point and Watmough Bay
Cost FREE
Contact Name Tim Clark
Contact Email timc@rockisland.com
Contact Phone 360-468-2010
Link sjclandbank.org

Celebrate National Trails Day the Lopez Way!

Lopez Community Trails Network, San Juan County Land Bank, San Juan County Odlin Park, WA State Spenser Spit Park, Lopez Island Conservation Corps, and the San Juan Islands National Monument are hosting some great events in celebration of National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6th!

Nick Teague with the San Juan Islands National Monument will lead a fun and exciting morning Beach Clean-Up for Iceberg Point. Volunteers can meet Nick at the Lopez Farmers Market at 10:00 am (Lopez Community Trails Network booth) to sign-up, assemble a car pool and head to South Lopez Island, or meet at Agate Beach Day-Use Park at 11:00 am to begin the hike into Iceberg Point. Please be prepared for the weather and bring a day pack with your 10 essentials and gloves. Nick will provide garbage bags and gloves if needed. The Beach Clean-Up team will work for about 2 hours and hike out all the garbage which will cover approximately 1 1/2 miles. Please bring great attitudes and big smiles.

And for those that like to sleep in, well there’s options for you too! Join Land Bank Steward, Tim Clark, San Juan Islands National Monument Manager, Marcia deChadenedes and Lopez Community Trails Network member, Bob Walker, for one of two sporting hikes on the South Shore of Lopez Island:

1:00 pm: Park at Watmough road entrance — Tim Clark and Marcia deChadenedes will drive folks to the Chadwick Hill trailhead, and will take off up and over Chadwick Hill, past Watmough, over to Point Colville and back to the cars.

3:00 pm: Park at Chadwick Hill trailhead — Bob Walker will repeat the hike and give folks rides back from Point Colville to the Chadwick Hill trailhead by the green rope.

Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear; bring a snack/water, camera and binoculars, and leave dogs and worries at home. This a medium strenuous hike of approximately four miles, and each hike is limited to twelve happy and lucky people. Sign-up at the Saturday Farmers Market or RSVP earlier to Tim Clark at 360-468-2010.

National Trails Day® (NTD) is the American Hiking Society’s trail awareness program. Each year events are held to help promote awareness of the wide variety of benefits that trails provide, to encourage people to discover their local trails, to raise awareness of trail issues, and to instill excitement for the outdoors. National Trails Day ® is held every year on the first Saturday in June. Learn more about the program online at nationaltrailsday.org.

Great Islands Clean Up this weekend

Volunteer for the Great Islands Clean Up on Public Lands!
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Volunteers have a plethora of choices this year—check the list below and see what piques your interest.  Thank you!

SJI:  Third Lagoon Beach, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Meet at the Third Lagoon Preserve trailhead located at the end of Cattle Point Road to help clear plastic rubbish from the back of the lagoon.

SJI:  Deadman Bay Preserve, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Meet at Deadman Bay beach. Volunteers will tackle the drainage below the roadside where lots of debris collects throughout the year.

Lopez Island:  Multiple Locations
Meet at Lopez Community Center between 9am-10 am to register* and choose from 11 beaches and 9 road side areas that need your help, including Weeks Wetland at Fisherman Bay Preserves.

*There will be a complimentary yoga class from 8am-8:45 am preceding the registration!

Sturdy rubber boots, pants, and gloves are recommended. Carpooling is encouraged. The Land Bank will provide garbage bags, buckets, and some snacks.

Orcas Island:  Multiple Locations
Please show up to the closest meeting spot at 10am.  Our goal is to pick up as much litter and recyclables as possible and bring them back to the Village Green before 1pm. We will clean as many roadsides and beaches as we can get to!

Eastsound: The Village Green
Olga:  Artworks parking lot
Deer Harbor:  The post office

Contacts:

SJI Beach Clean Ups, Jana Marks at 360-378-2319 or jana@sanjuans.org
SJI Road Clean Ups, David Dehlendorf at 360-378-1082 or dauffa@gmail.com
Lopez Island, Nikyta Palmisani at 468-2555 to leave a message or email nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org
Orcas Island, Kira Bradshaw at kirabradshaw72@gmail.com.

Lopez Community Trails Network announces 2015 hikes

“The Lopez Community Trails Network (LCTN) is again scheduling a series of hikes open to the public under the title “Go Take a Hike.” Our hike schedule, under the direction of Bob Walker, includes a variety of destinations on- and off-island, including easy beach walks to more strenuous mountain hikes. These monthly hikes are held on Saturdays. Hikes are at a leisurely pace to encourage exploration and to experience the wonders of nature.

“Sign up is by phone or e-mail with the hike leader. There is no expense except the sharing of transportation costs when we go off island. Please call Bob Walker (468-3397) with any questions about any details.”

The first hike is this Saturday, April 11th at 8am: Bird Walk with Bob Myhr. A San Juan Islands Audubon Society (jointly sponsored by the LCTN) field trip starting at Otis Perkins Park and walking to the Land Bank Peninsula Preserve.

Pick up a brochure for  the full schedule of hikes at the Lopez BLM office, the Lopez Library, or the Chamber of Commerce office. Or view the full schedule of hikes on the LCTN’s website: Go Take a Hike.

2015-Hike-Promo

Lopez Community Trails Network long range plan

This spring, our partner the Lopez Community Trails Network completed its Lopez Island Trails Long Range Plan. Kirman Taylor will be presenting the Plan to the San Juan County Commission on Tuesday, December 2nd. The meeting will be held at the Lopez Community center and begins at 9:00am.

From Kirman:

“We developed this document at the suggestion of our sibling trails groups, San Juan County Trails Committee and Orcas Pathways, as well as with the advice of our NPS consultant Alex Stone.  We are presenting it to SJC Council for recognition of our accomplishments and to reinforce our vision before the governing body of the county.

“Special thanks to Ilene Unruh and Dianne Dyer who shouldered the bulk of the work.”

Download the Plan here: LCTN Long Range Trails Plan, MASTER Spring 2014, 4-08-2014

Fall Mushroom Hike photos and list

It was a beautiful and warm day for the mushroom walk. Here’s a partial list of mushroom species collected on our October hike. Common names, where available, are in bold:

  • Agaricus hondensis (?) Felt-ringed agaricus
  •  ”  praeclaresquamosus (?)
  • Amanita phalloides (?) Death cap
  • Chlorophyyllum olivieri Shaggy Parasol
  • Fomitopsis cajanderi Rosy conk
  • Gomphidius sp.
  • Gymnopilus sp.
  • Lactarius rubrilacteus Bleeding milk-cap
  • Lepiota magnispora
  • Leucopaxillus sp.
  • Marasmius plientolus (?)
  • Pholiota aurivella (?)
  • Pleurotus ostreatus Oyster mushroom
  • Pluteus sp.
  • Pseudohydnum gelatinosum White jelly
  • Russula brevips, parasitized by Hypomyces laciafluorum Lobster mushroom
  • Suillus sp.
  • Thelephora terrestris

Madrona suggested good local online mushroom key: Keys to Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest

Many many thanks to Madrona, Tim, and everyone who helped to make this possible! See you next year…

Fall Mushroom hike

The autumn rains are priming those forest jewels to pop up for our 2014 Mushroom Walk on Lopez Hill, led by Madrona Murphy from Kwiaht. At 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 19th we will set off from the parking area off Lopez Sound Road (directions here). This walk will be shorter than last year and the number of people will be limited so that everyone can see and hear. Please sign up by emailing Tim Clark at timc@rockisland.com. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking in the weather, along with books, cameras, maps and questions. Please try to car-pool from the school, since parking is limited. See you there!