Please join us for an exciting
outing to one of the great ferning spots in the Pacific Northwest—the Perry
Creek trail.Located in the North
Cascades, the trail lies within an area that was designated a Natural Resource Area
in 1997 in order to preserve this unique environment from encroachment and
degradation.It’s the unusual
intersection of environmental and geologic factors that makes for some uncommon
plant associations, and over the course of this relatively short hike we are
hoping to see no less than fifteen fern species.
DATE:Saturday, AUGUST 13th,2016.
at the Verlot Ranger Station.
33515 Mountain Loop Highway
Granite Falls, WA 98252
Restroom and pay phone available here.NO CELL SERVICE.
PARKING:We’ll be carpooling from the ranger station to the trailhead parking
lot.There’s a parking lot across the
road from the ranger station where we can leave cars during the hike.The lot would be on your right hand as you
head east on the Mountain Loop Highway.Trail passes will be available for the cars that are carpooling.
TRAILHEAD:We’ll go over the itinerary and set a time to have lunch, and a return
time.Sack lunches will be
distributed.Intended to start on trail
by 915AM.Expected to be back down to
parking lot in mid- to late-afternoon.Restrooms available at trailhead.Please bring any personal things with you that you’ll need to be
YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY:trail pass!sack
lunch!water!fern expertise!unlimited photographic opportunities!And an amazing
experiencein the company of
like-minded ferny fanatics!
TIDBITS:Perry Creek is considered to be a
moderate hike on a trail that’s well-traveled and clearly marked.The elevation gain is steep in places, the
trail is narrow and mostly cobble; we’ll probably need to climb over downed
logs.There are several rocky creek beds
to cross, but most are dry and all have been passable recently.Sturdy shoes are recommended, sunscreen is
advised, and bring appropriate gear in case the weather’s being Pacific
Northwest…Bug repellent might be a good
idea, and dogs are allowed on the trail PROVIDED they’re on a leash.
253-838-4646, x 111.
PAYMENT:send a check
to HFF:PO Box 3797, Federal Way WA
make a payment using PayPal:http://www.hardyferns.org/shop.php.Enter the name of the event—Perry Creek hike—and the correct dollar
amount for the number of reservations you’re making.You’ll receive an email confirmation that
your payment has been received, regardless of the method you use to pay.