Day of support for Blanchard Mountain April 17

Day of support for Blanchard Mountain April 17

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IMG_1713This hits close to home. Hundreds of acres of Blanchard Mountain – home to Oyster Dome – could be logged next summer unless state legislature comes up with $7.7 million to pay for its conservation.

Mount Baker Experience contributor Andy Basabe helped organize an epic day of support for the area’s trails to demonstrate its importance to elected officials.

The event, which starts at 11 a.m. this Sunday, April 17, features a 15-mile ride/run through the area.

Here’s the details, from Andy:

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: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lily-lake-trail

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.