Tahkenitch Dunes

November 14, 1992

For a great year-round hike, the Tahkenitch Dunes to Beach Loop is ideal. The forest provides some cover from the wind, rain or sun and has a diversity of trees, terns, wild flowers, fauna and mushrooms. The beach is wonderful to be at no matter what season or type of weather. Enjoying the overcast but mild weather, no wind or rain, eight hearty hikers took the trail from Tahkenitch Campground, angled to the right of the junction and went over the dunes to the beach. This route was picked because finding the trail from the beach can be tricky. We walked along the beach for about 1.5 miles then crossed back over the dunes and had lunch overlooking Threemile Lake. The weather didn’t allow us to tarry for long. The loop is said to be about 6.5 miles but seemed somewhat shorter. It is classed easy to moderate depending on your energy. We left at 8 a.m. and were finished with the hike and back at Bob’s van by 3:30 p.m. A stop in Mapleton at the restaurant Alphabits for good food and browsing through books and gifts was enjoyed by all. (Note to hikers: The lake visible to the south near the trail was Elbow Lake.) Hikers included members Andy Thompson, Mary Millman, Joanne Haines, Kevin Clark, and Bob Dark; non-members were Elizabeth Gates Eilers and Joy Gall. Trip leader was Sylvia Harvey.

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