Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, January 13, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Double Watershed Tour Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, January 13th from 10am until noon.  Start the New Year off right with a hike in the woods with friends! This is a gentle, one and a half mile route through varied forest and wetland habitats. Learn about the beaver that maintain these wetlands, and the winter waterfowl that we will be sure to see. Meet at the end of 32nd St. off of D Ave. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Hike for Adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, February 10th from 10am until noon.
Our Heart Lake hike is the perfect valentine to give to yourself, or to share with a friend. Together, we will look for the many early signs of spring.  Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00 am
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Cranberry Lake Fitness Hike for the very fit!

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, March 4  from 10am until 1:30pm. We will cover all of the Cranberry Lake Forest lands except for the northeast portion that was impacted by the fire. We will have a chocolate tasting half way through!
Dress in layers and bring water.  Distance:  7 miles. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, March 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pine Ridge Loop Hike For Adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, March 10th from 10am until noon.
What treasures await in this lovely, hidden meadow? Enjoy a hike to this unique and secret spot off of the beaten path. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. . These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

100 Classic Hikes Washington

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Award-winning author Craig Romano describes great hikes from his revised and updated edition of the venerable Ira Spring / Harvey Manning book 100 Classic Hikes Washington. Craig details the very best hikes in the state—short and long, day and overnight. From the misty wild Olympic Coast to the sun-kissed Blue Mountains, Craig explores trails covering every facet of Washington’s incredible geographical diversity. What better way to get acquainted with our beautiful natural heritage than by taking a classic hike?

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Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, April 14, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, Friday, April 14th from 10am until noon.
This gentle, just over one mile hike will lead us past three distinct wetlands and through two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. We will explore the role of our resident beaver families in creating and sustaining this rich habitat within the ACFL.  Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Earth Day NW shore traverse at Whistle Lake Hike for all ages 

Saturday Saturday, April 22nd from 10am until noon.

Join friends for an Earth Day gathering in our beautiful Whistle Lake area of the ACFL.  Learn about the history of the day and our community forest lands and the important role we all play in taking care of our community forest in perpetuity. Anticipate lovely wildflowers and great company. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking lot. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles with some hills and uneven terrain.


These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, April 26th from 5pm until 6pm.

Tucked in to the bottom of Sugarloaf lies a sweet trail through ancient trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 am
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Sugarloaf Wildflowers Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 6th from 10am until noon . This is the ultimate wildflower hike of the year. We will savor the climb through alternating forest and rocky bald meadow, learning each flower as we go. From blue camus lily to red Indian paintbrush, come and see the bounty of color this little mountain has to offer. The views from the summit are not to be missed. Meet at the Southern trailhead halfway up the Mount Erie view road. The trip up and back is one mile, and quite steep and scrambly in places.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, May 12, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Morrison Meadow Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, May 12th  from10am until noon. For those that can handle a little over one mile hike with some hills at a slow pace. This is a beautiful route that culminates in a lovely wildflower meadow, sure to be in bloom. Meet at the end of 29th St. west off of D Avenue 

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Westside Exploration Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 20th from 10am until noon. Take a two-mile walk on the wild Westside! Calling all Skyline folk and anyone else that wants to know more about this great part of the woods. We will climb the watertower road and enter the forest from the west, exploring a network of Beaver Ponds that flow into Little Cranberry Lake. Meet at the intersection of Clyde Way and Cedar Glen Way. 

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Big Beaver Pond View Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, May 31 from  9am until 10am. There is a wonderful secret spot on the south shore of Big Beaver Pond with a viewing platform. Some hills. Meet at the gated kiosk at 37th and A Avenue.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 am
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Little Cranberry Lake Loop Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 3rd from 10am until after noon. The August 2016 18-acre fire on the east side of Little Cranberry Lake damaged trails and created dangerous conditions in the fire zone. The upper meadow trail (103) is scheduled to be open by this date. We will hike most of the way around on shore trail, then elevate to upper meadow through fire zone for the eastside stretch. Rocky meadows, bog islands, and deep forest converge in this basin to create habitat for hundreds of native plants and animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? Red-legged frog? Banana slug sightings guaranteed. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the North end of the lake. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.)

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, June 9, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Old Growth Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 9th from 10am until noon. It’s time for a visit with our elders on the south shore of Heart Lake. Orange trumpet honeysuckle and Ocean spray will be blooming as we slow to the ancient rhythm of our old growth forest.  Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. 1.7 miles.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:00 am
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Spring Fitness Hike - A grand tour of the Whistle Lake Forest Lands

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm for a thigh crunching 7 mile hike through the Whistle Lake area including Sugarloaf, a circumnavigation of Whistle Lake, and Sugarcube. Bring water and meet at the  Heart Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:00 pm
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Whistle Lake Madrona Point Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, June 21nd from 5pm until 6pm. We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Adult Program

Friday, June 23, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR   (Require advance registration 293-3725/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Please join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 23rd  from 10am until 4pm for our popuar Ethnobotany Field Seminar 

Ethnobotany is the study of native plants and the traditional uses of the plants by people. You will learn about food, medicine, and materials derived from the vast array of native plants in our woods. 

Adults only, must register by phone or email. More information will be given upon registration.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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All Around Whistle Lake Hike - for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 24th from 10 am until after noonRevel in the longest daylight of the year on our near summer solstice hike. We will fully explore the trails all the way around the Whistle Lake region of our woods. The route is just over 3 miles with some good hills. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Big Beaver Pond Walkabout

Saturday, September 30, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Walkabout Hike for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on  Saturday, September 30th from 10 am until noon. Begin the autumn season with a wonderful hike in beaver pond territory. There is sure to be ample evidence of their latest projects in the forest, and that lovely fall surge of wildlife activity and plant beauty. Meet at the 37th and A Ave kiosk entrance to the ACFL. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Big Beaver Pond Loop Hike for adults

Friday, October 13, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Loop Hike for adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, October 13th from 10am until noon. This gentle, just over one mile hike will lead us past three distinct wetlands and through two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. We will explore the role of our resident beaver families in creating and sustaining this rich habitat within the ACFL.  Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org

Sugarloaf Mountain Hike for all ages

Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Hike for all ages:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, October 14th from 10 am until noon, Experience the golden glow of Sugarloaf Mountain in October. We will hike from the dark woods at the base to the stunning summit view, enjoying every stretch in between. Meet at the trailhead on Ray Auld Drive at the bottom of Mount Erie just off of Heart Lake Road. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Extra Gentle Hike: Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, October 18th from 5pm until 6pm. Tucked in to the bottom of Sugarloaf lies a sweet trail through ancient trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Heart Lake Old Growth Hike for adults

Friday, November 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, November 10th from 10am until noon. We have the best remaining stand of Puget Sound lowland old growth forest right here on Fidalgo Island in the heart of our community forest. Come along and experience the big old trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org. 

Whistle Lake Madrona Point Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, November 15th  from 9am until 10am.We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org

Whistle Lake hike for all ages

Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, November 18th from 10am until noon. Late Fall in the woods is a time of hushed beauty. Prepare yourself for the holiday season with a deep forest immersion. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org. 

Whistle Lake Hike for adults

Friday, December 8, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, December 8th from 10am until noon. The hush of Whistle near winter solstice couldn’t be farther from the madding crowd of summer. Enjoy our deep water jewel of the forest during the season of recharge, and feel the stored sunlight energy emanating from the green. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org