Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The best laid plans for Hike-a-thon 2011...



Every year before Hike-a-thon, I pour over my hiking guides, I make lists and check out all my maps. I print out letterboxing clues and I try to decide where I am going to hike this summer.

On my short list this year are:

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Cougar Mountain
Tiger Mountain
Redmond Watershed Preserve
Sammamish River Trail
Squires Lake

and I am considering Mount St. Helens for a camping trip or maybe Steamboat Rock or geez, it is so hard to decide!!

We are so lucky in Washington!! In California, they are closing 70 state parks this summer!! SEVENTY, that leaves over 200 parks open, but still a huge cut and there are some parks that I was hoping to utilize during my San Francisco layovers, like Olompali SHP, China Camp SP and Henry W. Coe SP. And there are many parks on this list that Ryan and I have enjoyed in the past, like Castle Crags SP and William B. Ide Adobe SHP.

Anderson Marsh SHP
Annadel SP
Antelope Valley Indian Museum
Austin Creek SRA
Bale Grist Mill SHP
Benbow Lake SRA
Benicia Capitol SHP
Benicia SRA
Bidwell Mansion SHP
Bothe-Napa Valley SP
Brannan Island SRA
California Mining & Mineral Museum
Candlestick Point SRA
Castle Crags SP
Castle Rock SP
China Camp SP
Colusa-Sacramento River SRA
Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
Fort Humboldt SHP
Fort Tejon SHP
Garrapata SP
George J. Hatfield SRA
Governor's Mansion SHP
Gray Whale Cove SB
Greenwood SB
Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP
Hendy Woods SP
Henry W. Coe SP
Jack London SHP
Jug Handle SNR
Leland Stanford Mansion SHP
Limekiln SP
Los Encinos SHP
Malakoff Diggins SHP
Manchester SP
McConnell SRA
McGrath SB
Mono Lake Tufa SNR
Morro Strand SB
Moss Landing SB
Olompali SHP
Palomar Mountain SP
Petaluma Adobe SHP
Picacho SRA
Pio Pico SHP
Plumas-Eureka SP
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Portola Redwoods SP
Providence Mountains SRA
Railtown 1897 SHP
Russian Gulch SP
Saddleback Butte SP
Salton Sea SRA
Samuel P. Taylor SP
San Pasqual Battlefield SHP
Santa Cruz Mission SHP
Santa Susana Pass SHP
Shasta SHP
South Yuba River SP
Standish-Hickey SRA
Sugarloaf Ridge SP
Tomales Bay SP
Tule Elk SNR
Turlock Lake SRA
Twin Lakes SB
Weaverville Joss House SHP
Westport-Union Landing SB
William B. Ide Adobe SHP
Woodson Bridge SRA
Zmudowski SB

Sobering, isn't it?


2011 HaT horizontal

So be sure to check out our WTA fundraising pages, so far we have raised over $600 for Washington State Trails!!
Our Team Page
Amanda's Page
Ryan's Page
and make a donation. We need your help to keep Washington's Trails open and hikeable!! And shoot me an email if you'd like to get together to do a hike. I will try to work you into my schedule. Ryan and I would love to see more of our friends and family out on the trails.
Checks should be made out to WTA and can be sent to PO Box 16131, Seattle, WA 98116

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The proposed closing of some State Parks is a disgrace, but if they do really end up doing it, it won't be starting until after this summer, with the cut-off being July 2012. So please, come by and support our parks this summer while you can!

Yosemite MJD

Amanda from Seattle said...

Many of the parks are already closed, including Olompali. However, there are others that will be open until the final closing in July of 2012. Try using a highway rest area in California...many of those are closed as well.

-Amanda from Seattle

Carianna said...

Amanda, let me know when you plan to do Squires and I'll hoof it around the lake with you if I'm available. I have a map of the area that will make boxing much easier. By my last count there were 42 there. :)