Noisy Creek (E. Bank Baker Lk) Trek (Trip) - Grades 6 & 7

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Noisy Creek (E. Bank Baker Lk) Trek (Trip) - Grades 6 & 7


Monday, July 15 - Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pre-Trip Meeting (Mandatory): Sunday, July 14, 2019

Get ready to be spoiled with fabulous scenery! The east bank of Baker Lake offers a variety of views, from old growth forest, to stunning views of Komo Kulshan (Mt. Baker), to lakeside hang-outs. This trek is an opportunity for younger backpackers to practice backcountry skills and to stretch their edge while surrounded by the beauty of old growth forest and the gurgles of Noisy Creek. Along the way we’ll encounter footbridges, creek crossings, and ancient trees from which lichen hangs like curtains.

This trip will begin at the road-end Baker Lake trailhead and backpackers will have the opportunity to hike as far along the this trail as they desire. Along the way, we will focus on honing our backcountry skills together, discussing not only what it means to work in a team, but also the importance of taking initiative. Participants will play an active role in meal prep, camp set up, and camp chores. Read more here.

Total trip miles: 10 miles with full packs, collaboratively decided additional distance in day hike explorations.

Elevation Gain: Minimal


Scholarship applications available during registration.

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2019 Itinerary

Monday, July 15 - Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pre-Trip Meeting (mandatory): Sunday, July 14, 2019. Time: 10:00-1:00PM. Location: Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Avenue, Bellingham. Directions. Participants should bring backpack and everything on the gear list they plan to bring on the trip. While this meeting is for participants only, we're happy to fill parents in on everything we discuss!


Meet at Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Avenue, Bellingham at 9:00AM. Directions. We’ll do a final gear check, then load our packs and ourselves onto the Wild Whatcom bus for a drive to our trailhead. Once at the trailhead, we’ll learn/practice the basics of packing a backpack. It’s a more difficult skill than it might seem! Once our packs feel dialed in, we will begin our trek of the first day. This hike will provide a challenge to young backpackers, traveling over four miles with a full pack. That’s over twice the mileage of our Baker Lake Backpack trip in just the first day! Once we arrive, we’ll settle in to our backcountry home at Noisy Creek campground.


After waking in the morning, we’ll make our first breakfast on trail together. We will have the opportunity to discuss the natural and human history of this place, before planning our day hike for the rest of the afternoon. Day hike options abound within a short walk from camp. We may choose to follow Noisy Creek to visit  “Big Doug” a massive Douglas fir tree, hike along the beaches to get postcard worthy views of Komo Kulshan (Mt. Baker) and Mt. Shuksan, or play games in the old growth forest eating salmonberries along the way. At the end of this second and final night on the trail we will return to camp, make dinner, and enjoy quiet conversation over the crackles and pops of a glowing campfire.


Our final day! We will spend the early morning saying goodbye and thank you to the trail that has led us through the past few days of beauty and self-discovery. We may even choose to do a peaceful place, an activity in which all are provided the space and time to be still and silent in nature. After we have bid our final farewells to Noisy Creek campground, we will put our packs on again, this time lighter and more familiar than when we first started. Arriving at the trailhead, a four mile hike behind us, we’ll share a final meal together before piling back onto the Wild Whatcom bus and returning to Bellingham.

Pick-up: Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Avenue, Bellingham. Time 4:30PM. Directions.

Learning Outcomes: Lessons learned and concepts covered on this adventure include an in-depth exploration of all Wild Whatcom mottos, healthy and supportive interpersonal communication, Leave No Trace (TM) ethics, collaborative leadership development, common sense camping, analyzing hazards and how to mitigate their risk, living with integrity, dealing with discomfort, exploring how our thinking affects our reality, ecology and botany of lakeshore ecosystems, wilderness awareness, survival priorities, navigation, preparedness, wildlife behavior, human impact on ecosystems, working with and through fears, collaboration and compromise, mountain weather systems, practicing gratitude, beginning backpacking skills, understanding personal potential, and more!

Participant pre-trip questionnaire and tetanus immunization required to participate.

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