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Lookout Mountain Exploration

Education, Nature, Green/Environmental

Location: Meet at the Lookout Mountain Trailhead on Lake Louise Road at 9 AM. Covering almost 4500 forested acres on the south side of Lake Whatcom, the Lookout Mt. Preserve is one of Whatcom County’s newest parks. A new trail takes hikers through high quality Douglas fir habitat with a lush understory of sword fern, salal, and red huckleberry. On our walk, we will practice identifying plants in their more modest attire (by their twigs, buds, and bark) while pondering what the forest vegetation can tell us about past land use. Our route will take us up the Rufous Creek Trail (moderate grade) for 4.3 miles with the possibility of returning on a different trail. Bring a sack lunch and dress for slow to moderate pace walking for four or five hours. Your guide is an ethnobotanist, naturalist and professor at Western Washington University.