April 20-22, 2018 Othello, WA – Northwest Hiking Weekend


Kiwanis Park, Othello, Washington
​Start time
: 8 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday;
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday
Finish:  5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday



Walk on trails in a scenic mixture of rugged cliffs, canyons, lakes, and sagebrush grasslands.  Follow Crab Creek coulee for a short distance, then gently climb to a view loop, for great wildlife viewing and birding.  Desert in bloom.  The desert flora includes prickly pear cactus, sagebrush, phlox, balsamroot, and cheat grass.  5K (may be appropriate for small children and rugged strollers) and 10K options available.  Rating:  2B



A new hike on game trails, within the Drumheller Channeled Scablands, reveals many features of a desert wetlands shaped by ice-age catastrophic floods.  In this desert region you will walk past marshes, around lakes, and near several waterfalls.  This trek will take you though grasslands, sagebrush and coulees, and near stunning rock formations, including to the top of a 150 ft. columnar basalt mesa with superb views.  There are 5K and 10K options, less than 750 feet elevation gain/loss; but a 3C rating due to short but steep ascents/descents and some scrambling over a few rock faces where hands will be needed.  Not suitable for small children.



This new hike will take you through desert wildflower meadows, set amid a network of narrow and wide coulees, past marshes, ponds, lakes and potholes that support numerous wildlife species, and on to the top of basalt cliffs for magnificent views of Upper Goose Lake.  The 5K walk is rated 2B; 10K rated 3C due to steep ascent and descent on game trails.  The 5K option on the Chukar Lake Trail may be appropriate for small children, but not strollers.

NW Hiking Weekend brochure

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A unique Four Plus Foolhardy Folks 100% embroidered patch designed by Dorman Batson, with IVV/AVA credit, is $11.00; only 30 available, no reorders.  IVV/AVA credit only is $3.00.  FREE participants are welcome but all must register, carry and return a start card.
Maps and directions will be available at the event registration table.DIRECTIONS: I-90 Eastbound from Seattle area to exit #137, for SR-26 toward Othello.    Exit northbound on Hwy. SR-24, which becomes Broadway Avenue.  Fromm Broadway northboundturn right onto Elm Street.  Turn right onto 5th Avenue and into Kiwanis Park.
ALTERNATE ROUTE:  I-90 eastbound to Moses Lake.  Southbound on SR-17 to Cunningham Road.  Right (westbound) to 7th Avenue.  Left on 7th Avenue to Elm Street.  Right on Elm Street to 5th Avenue.  Left on 5th Avenue and into Kiwanis Park parking.

2018 NW Regional Walking Festival and Conference July 13-15, 2018

Enjoy a weekend in the beautiful Port Angeles area with astounding views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca while hiking in and adjacent to the beautiful Olympic National Park.

Event Brochure:  Click here

Registration:  On-line  or Paper Form

Location: The festival will be headquartered at the Eagles Lodge in Port Angeles, WA. The lodge is located at 2843 E Myrtle St, Port Angeles, WA.  Daily hours at the lodge will be 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Lodging:  There is not a central hotel for the festival as the nature of this town and area includes many varied options with smaller hotels, Airbnb and other choices.  Please reserve early as some hotels double their prices during this short summer window with access to the Olympic National Park. Here is a link to some possibilities:  http://www.portangeles.org/list/ql/lodging-travel-15

There will be a traditional event hosted by the Olympic Peninsula Explorers on Thursday July 12th at Anderson Lake State Park in Chimacum for you to enjoy on your way to the festival. This walk will also be available during the festival.

Social events during the festival include a complimentary Friday late afternoon “Howdy-Do” time.  A buffet dinner is being planned for Saturday evening.  Both social events will be held at the Eagles Lodge in Port Angeles. The cost of the buffet is $30.00.  Reservations need to be made for the dinner by July 1, 2018 to provide planning information to the caterer.

Our Regional Director will be scheduling some small training classes available over the festival weekend.  The weekend schedule will be available soon.

The Festival events include 5 walks.  The bike on the Olympic Discovery Trail is sanctioned for the year already and we are investigating a location for a swim. Details on the walks are here:  http://www.esva.online/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/NW-Reg-Wallking-Festival.pdf

A Silent Auction is being planned.  All donations will go to the Olympic Discovery Trail (Peninsula Trails Coalition) for continuing development of the trail.

Watch here for updates as the committee is working to bring you an awesome event on The Olympic Peninsula.


















2018 Whidbey Walking Festival Sept 7-9, 2018

Whidbey Walking Festival

 September 7-9, 2018

Coupeville, Washington

A three-day festival of walks on Whidbey Island Washington. Explore the beauty of Puget Sound, with its small towns, mountain views, wildlife, evergreen forests and expansive vistas!

New walks and old favorites are being planned for 2018 along with the new registration location at the Camp Casey Conference Center.

Just a kilometer north of the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry landing and adjacent to Fort Casey State Park, is the Camp Casey Conference Center.

Built at the turn of the 20th century by the U.S. Army, Fort Casey was designed to guard the entrance to Puget Sound as part of the “triangle of fire,” along with Fort Worden and Fort Flagler, which are located on the other side of Admiralty Inlet. Within 20 years, Fort Casey was the fourth largest military post in Washington, housing 10 officers and 428 enlisted men.

The Army used the fortification until World War II and when Fort Casey was decommissioned in the 1950s, Seattle Pacific University became the owner of the parade grounds, housing and recreation facilities — updating and renovating the buildings for groups like ours. Today, SPU continues to welcome school groups, churches, nonprofit organizations, and outdoor education classes to this remarkable historical site.

The military fortifications located at Fort Casey State Park are owned by Washington State Parks.

More information about the events will be added as we finalize walk and festival plans.Extend your visit and walk some or all of the YRE/seasonal walks on Whidbey Island. Many more walks are available in the surrounding area.


Some accommodations (for groups) are available at Camp Casey, to see what they offer check out the listing under “Lodging & Event Spaces” on their website at: http://spu.edu/depts/casey/. They also have a small campground. If you are interested in any of the accommodations at the Camp Casey Conference Center it would be easiest to call them at 866-661-6604 to get information about their facilities and requirements for renting.

Just around the corner from Camp Casey is the Fort Casey Inn (http://fortcaseyinn.com) with Historic two bedroom officer’s quarters, complete with living area, full kitchen, upstairs bath and sweeping views. In addition to the campground at Camp Casey, Fort Casey State Park has campsites located next to the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry terminal. http://parks.state.wa.us/505/Fort-Casey

Information on other lodging options in the area can be found at:

Other Activities in the Area

Art galleries, beaches, wineries, outdoor adventures, shopping and endless scenery are just some of the activities available as you spend time on Beautiful Whidbey Island.For more information on things to do in the area follow this link:


Check out the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce webpage for a calendar of events.

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