April 6 Anacortes – Guemes Island

City / State: Anacortes, WA
Event Name: Guemes Island
Event Type: Walk
Event ID: 113646
Distance – Trail Ratings: 5/10/13K – 1A
Description: 10km (rated 1A): walk from the Park to the ferry and then across to the island. Walk around the west side of the island returning to the ferry. The 13km is the same route as the 10km with the addition of a 3km trail (Rated 3B) to the top of Guemes Mtn. 5km (Rated 1A)- Two options: Walk from the park to the ferry and then across to the island for a short walk or walk on city streets, through downtown Anacortes. Water and restrooms at start/finish and along the route. The ferry does not operate from approx. 11:30 to 1pm.

REV: Guemes Island General Store (restaurant, too) is near the ferry terminal.  It is a great place to stop for lunch or snacks.

The Guemes Island ferry charges $4.00 adults and $2.00 seniors, roundtrip. Pets permitted but NOT in building(s). Owners responsible for leash and clean up laws. Guemes Ferry Schedule: https://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/PublicWorksFerry/ferry2.htm

Amenities: Strollers: easy | Wheelchairs: medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: This event doesn’t have any special Programs assigned.
Start Times: 8:30 am to 10 am; Finish by 3pm
Location: Volunteer Park
Start Point / Driving Directions: 1915 13th St., ANACORTES, WA. I-5 NORTHBOUND: Exit #230. Take ramp to Hwy 20 and turn left. Follow Hwy 20 to Anacortes turning right at the roundabout to head north on Commercial Ave. Turn left at 12th St. Left at D. Ave and left on 13th to parking near the restrooms. I-5 SOUTHBOUND: Exit #230. Take ramp on right and turn left on Hwy 20. Continue as above. (You will be following the signs for the Anacortes Ferry but will need to be sure to turn left on D. Ave.)
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Host Club: NW Tulip Trekkers
Contact: Joe Pepia (360) 899-5311
Website: nwtrekkers.org
E-Mail Contact: pepia46@comcast.net

April 12-14 Celebrate Link Light Rail Walks


April 12-14, 2019    Join us on these wonderful walks!
Friday April 12 – Group walks from:

Saturday and Sunday – Event Walks (Registration and Stamping 9:00am-12:00pm. You may register for both walk events at either start point or at the ESVA meeting)

  • Capitol Hill Station to International District Station. You will need to ride the Link Light Rail. Street parking is very difficult to find in this area.     Details Here   
  • Mt Baker Station to U of W Station. Prefer you ride the Link Light Rail to the start. Limited free street parking. Parking near the Mt Baker Community Center for ESVA Meeting Attendees.  Details here

Saturday, April 13th  5:30pm  No Host Dinner at Elliott Bay Brewhouse and Pub – We have a room booked.  Join us!  Details here

Hotels near the Angle Lake Link Rail Station – Park at hotel on Friday. Lots of parking at the Angle Lake Station garage or at the Tukwila Station on the week-end.  Details Here

Everything you need to know about the Link Light Rail Walks. Details here




April 20 Woodland Tulip Guided Walk

City / State: Woodland, WA
Event Name: Woodland Flowers
Event Type: Traveling Guided Walk
Event ID: 111297
Distance – Trail Ratings: 5k,10k – 1B
Description: Walk on city streets and well-groomed trails along the Lewis River dike overlooking the tulip fields. This walk was originally sanctioned last summer and we have since found out that NO Tulips were planted to allow the soil to recover after many years planting of the same crop. There will be other bulbs planted but not in bloom. The walk will still be held and you will walk through Woodland and along the Lewis River with beautiful views and does overlook the fields. Walk will go by the Lilac gardens and their festival.
Amenities: Strollers: NO | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Little Free Libraries, Take a Walk In a City Park, United States Post Offices
Start Times: 9:30
Location: Horseshoe Lake Park
Start Point / Driving Directions: Park Road – DIRECTIONS: I-5 NORTHBOUND: Exit #21 (Woodland). LEFT on Lewis River Rd becomes Goering St. LEFT on Park Rd. Park in designated parking spaces.I-5 SOUTHBOUND: Exit #21 (Woodland) exiting on Pacific Rd. BEAR RIGHT at end of Pacific Rd onto Goering St. Continue as above.
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Comments: Register from 9:15 to 9:25 amWOC challenges – Nature, Noodles, Nuts Nursery, Orchard, Overlook & Japanese
Host Club: Vancouver USA Volkssporters
Contact: Dick Baker (360) 991-8806
Website: www.vusav.club
E-Mail Contact: dickbkr@q.com

April 20 Annual Easter Walk


City / State: Federal Way, WA
Event Name: Easter Weekend Walk
Event Type: Walk
Event ID: 111477
Distance – Trail Ratings: 5/10K – 1A
Description: See NW Pathfinder for full details!
Amenities: Strollers: NO | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: This event doesn’t have any special Programs assigned.
Start Times: 10-1
Location: Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
Start Point / Driving Directions: 2525 S 336th St, Federal Way, WA 98003
Awards & Fees: A Award
Host Club: Emerald City Wanderers
Contact: Dorman Batson (206) 470-9768
Website: www.emeraldcitywanderers.org
E-Mail Contact: dlbatsonfedwy@comcast.net

April 27-28 Steamboat Rock State Park Walks

The start location for all three (American Volkssport Association-sanctioned) walks is in Steamboat Rock State Park.  Steamboat Rock State Park is a 3,522-acre Washington state park located near the north end of Banks Lake in the Grand Coulee. The park takes its name from the landscape’s dominating feature, Steamboat Rock, a basalt butte that rises 800 feet above the lake which nearly completely surrounds it. (Wikipedia) For information about camping, fishing and other facilities, check the Washington State Park  website.

Start Time:  8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Finish Time: 5:00 pm (Saturday); 4:00 pm (Sunday)

Water and rest rooms are available at the start.  Please plan to carry water — despite the lake in the picture, this is a desert region.  We also recommend sturdy walking shoes and, if you are accustomed to them, trekking poles.

AVA credit is $3.00.  We will have “B” awards of previous Steamboat Rock/Grand Coulee patches available for discounted prices.  Free participants are always welcome.  All participants must register, carry a start card and return the start card upon completion of the route(s).

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

Pets must be on leash and under physical control at all times. This includes trail areas and campsites. Pet owners must clean up after pets on all state park lands.

Driving Directions:  I-90: Exit #151 (Ephrata/Soap Lake).  Follow SR 283/SR 28 north through Ephrata to Soap Lake.  LEFT on SR 17N to US 2.  RIGHT through Coulee City following SR 155N about 22 miles to Steamboat Rock State Park.  Follow volkssport signs to parking lot at far end of campground.


Sanction# 113687
Distance:  11 km (6.8 miles)
​Rating:  3C
Walk on sandy and gravel road to summit of “Old Stagecoach Road” and to the old homestead in Northrup Canyon.  Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.


Sanction #113688
Distance:  10 km (6.2 miles)
5 km (3.1 miles)
​Rating:  2C
Walk sandy paths and asphalt roads along lower portion of Steamboat Rock State Park at the base of a butte and along Banks Lake.  Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.


Sanction # 113689
Distance:  10 km (6.2 miles)
​Rating: 1B
Walk on compact gravel trail along the Columbia River/Rufus Woods Lake below the Grand Coulee Dam with scenic views of the dam and surrounding area.  An ideal area for bird watching and viewing the occasional local wildlife.  Suitable for strollers.  Not suitable for wheelchairs.