The Foothills Branch of The Mountaineers

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Foothills Branch is the newest branch of The Mountaineers, serving members and the general public in cities, towns, and communities on the east side of Lake Washington, from Bellevue eastward to Ellensburg, WA. We provide opportunities for advocacy, conservation, and environmental education, and support access to our natural resources while teaching important skills for safe and enjoyable all-season outdoor recreation.

No meeting in December, January meeting to be announced."

Activities and Programs

Mount Shuksan - photo by Dane Williams

Photo by Dane Williams

No Photo Group meetings are planned for the summer. Our fall meeting will be posted here at a later date.

If you have a question, email me, Dane Williams, at


This program is put on by the Mountaineers in conjunction with the Bellevue Parks and Recreation and is open to the public as well as Mountaineer members. There is no fee.

At each meeting we cover some technical aspect of photography or discuss a simple how-to technique. We encourage beginning digital photographers to ask questions. We then show pictures that are brought in by the members. We also critique pictures. This is an opportunity for you to improve your photography.

We offer hikes with the primary intent of taking pictures. They will be at a slow pace to allow everyone to take all the pictures they want.

Courses and Classes

Foothills Branch Dances are canceled. If interested in forming a dance class with an instructor, please send email with your ideas to:

Safety Office sought for Foothills Branch Council

Description of duties

If you are interested or have questions, please e-mail, with Safety Officer in the Subject line.

Mountaineers Facilities

Meany Lodge Events

First-time Meany Lodge visitors are encouraged to review the site for information.

Online activity signup for Meany Lodge.

Why you should visit Meany Lodge. Contacts: Chuck, Joan, or Ed Welter at 253-926-0867 or

Activities and Outings

Search for your favorite activity.

Activities will be added here or announced by e-mail to Foothills Branch members.


Foothills Branch Hiking Committee

The Foothills Branch Hiking Committee is looking for volunteers to be a part of our committee! We are also looking for hike leaders, including backpacking leaders. For more information, please contact co-chair of the Hiking Committee, Chris Caviezel at or 425-434-0899

Volunteers are invited for trail work events along the Mountains-to-Sound Greenway, I-90. See dates above and:

Mountains to Sound (MTS) calendar of stewardship events.

Winter Trails stewardship events along winter snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, for example, with local ski clubs.

Leave No Trace (LNT) training and backpacking field trips. Dates to be announced.

Tinkham/Discovery Trail work parties.
For more information about future work parties or to be added to the work party e-mail alert list, send your contact information to Annik Wolfe, Trail Maintenance chairperson at or call (206) 368-2688

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington (VOW)/Mountaineers trail building on the Discovery Trail near Tinkham Campground in the I-90 corridor. A flat, fun, and historic trail! We will focus on constructing a wildlife-viewing platform to provide a great vantage point for the beaver pond. Volunteers meet at 8:30 a.m. and finish by 4:00 p.m. No experience required; VOW supplies all tools and training.

VOW work parties are a great way to have a fun, learn a skill, and dig into some rewarding work. One day on this project earns you a one-day NW Forest Pass. A second day of work gets you the Annual NW Forest Pass, a $30 value!

The Tinkham Discovery Trail is located east of Seattle on I-90 (exit 42). For directions, and to register for this work party, visit the VOW web site or contact or 206-517-3019

Volunteer Trail Work training on the Hazel Wolf Wetlands Trails. To join in, contact Katlin Hanson, team leader, at

Other Resources

Define your own role

As our membership grows, requests for new programs and activities create leadership and support needs. These needs are opportunities for you to develop skills in leading, teaching, organizing, or facilitating events and activities. They are opportunities to make new friends, work on issues that you care about, and experience adventures with like-minded people.

We need trip leaders and co-leaders, mentors, writers, and photographers. We need people to help with administrative tasks such as bookkeeping, publicity, scheduling, and managing the web site. We need you--and whatever skills you bring!

If you have a skill and some time, consider volunteering. You are invited! Inquiries about Leadership Training are also welcomed. Send e-mail to or call Fran Troje, chair, at 425-746-6726

Foothills branch questions, requests, ideas? Send e-mail to join or unsubscribe from our e-mail alert list.

To contact a Mountaineers Membership Service staff person, call 206-521-6000
The Mountaineers Program Center at Magnuson Park
7700 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA. 98115

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