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2016 Hardy Fern Foundation Perry Creek Hike

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.

COST:  $35.00 per person

WHERE:  meet at the Verlot Ranger Station.

                 33515 Mountain Loop Highway

                 Granite Falls, WA 98252


                 Restroom and pay phone available here.  NO CELL SERVICE.


WHEN:  by 8:15AM.

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 comfortable.

WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY:  trail pass!  sack lunch!  water!  fern expertise!  unlimited photographic opportunities!  And an amazing experience in 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.



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PAYMENT:  send a check to HFF:  PO Box 3797, Federal Way WA 98063-3797

                      make a payment using PayPal:  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.