For more information about the program, or to cancel or make changes to an existing reservation, please contact Matthew Riggen at: USForestService_VerlotBigFour (at) discovernw.org
360-436-1155 during office hours or 360-436-2333 to leave a message after hours.
This winter trek follows the route of the former Everett and Monte Cristo railway as it winds its way up the South Fork Stillaguamish River. We will make a number of stops along the way to discuss who lives in this valley in the winter and how they manage to do it, from Golden-crowned Kinglets to beavers to humans. Our turnaround point is the site of the former Big 4 Inn where we will have lunch at the picnic shelter and possibly get a glimpse of the 4,000 foot vertical face of Big 4 Mountain.
Special Program Saturday, February 3rd:
"Trek & Sketch" with a Ranger and Teaching Artist
No drawing experience necessary to come along on this creative snowshoe adventure! As we discuss winter ecology, try out new perspectives on your own experience of winter by sketching what you see along the way. All drawing materials will be supplied for you. This is an all ages event.
Meet at the Verlot Public Service Center, 11 miles east of Granite Falls on the Mountain Loop Highway, for orientation. We will then carpool up the Mt. Loop Highway to Deer Creek to begin the four-mile, approximately five hour (including lunch stop) round-trip snowshoe hike.
This is a good trip for those who have never used snowshoes before or anyone interested in learning about the ecology and history of this low elevation winter wonderland. However, all participants must be in good physical shape, capable of sustained aerobic exertion and be prepared to be outside in inclement weather. Snowshoes are provided.
What you'll need to bring:
- Footwear: Sturdy boots are essential. Snowshoes strap on to your footwear and will not work with tennis shoes as the straps will cut off circulation, be really uncomfortable and make your feet cold. Also, your feet are likely to get wet unless you have water repellant boots of some kind.
- Gear and clothing: Waterproof pants and jacket (a rain coat of some kind is essential), hat, sunglasses and gloves. Clothing layers beginning with a base layer made of silk, wool, or synthetic fabrics (no cotton!). Layering, rather than a single heavy winter coat, is important as it is easy to get overheated while snowshoeing.
- A daypack for carrying an extra layer of clothes, water, food, etc.
- Water: More than you'd think, snowshoeing makes you thirsty! Something warm in a thermos is nice too.
- Lunch/Snacks: High energy snacks, we'll break for lunch.
- Optional: Poles, gaiters, camera, binoculars, extra shoes and socks to change into for the ride home.