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Off The Beaten Path

Klickitat Trail Conservancy announces fall hike schedule, plans to mark 6th anniversary

The Klickitat Trail Conservancy recently released the following Fall 2008 Hike and Events Schedule.

Saturday, Oct. 11

KTC Anniversary Hikes

Hike Leaders: Barbara Robinson, Mike Paruszkiewicz, Dave Berger.

Come to the Klickitat River Valley, enjoy the fall colors and join Klickitat Trail Conservancy members for their sixth anniversary hike. This can be two short, easy trail segments totaling 4 miles, one near Lyle and the other near Klickitat; or, for those more adventurous, we will do an 8-mile hike from Fisher Hill Bridge to Pitt. We will follow the Klickitat National Recreation River on both of these hikes.

You can choose which hike you want to do when we meet at the Lyle Trailhead. Water, lunch and hiking boots advised.

Join us after the hike for our annual anniversary celebration.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead, 9 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Swale Canyon Bike Ride

Bike leaders: Donna Enz and Mike Paruszkiewicz.

Moderate/Strenuous: 12 to 15 miles, depending on whether you want stop at Wahkiacus or Klickitat, 1,000-foot elevation loss. Pace of the ride will be moderate or fast, depending on skill level.

We will ride from the high prairie of the Goldendale plateau down to the Klickitat River. Experience fall colors as we follow Swale Creek through the oak, pine and Douglas fir riparian habitats. Helmets, a spare tube and front suspension required.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead, 9 a.m.

Please contact Cheryl Steindorf at (509) 369-2151 or e-mail mccccsteinforf@gorge.net, if you plan to participate so that appropriate shuttle arrangements can be made in advance.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Swale Canyon Hike

Barbara Robinson will lead a 6-mile roundtrip hike in the upper part of Swale through the transition from open prairie to oak/pine woodlands.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead, 9 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 26

Pitt to Klickitat Hike

Hike leaders: Cheryl Steindorf, Donna Enz and Laura Bales

This part of the trail follows the Klickitat River the entire way. Come and enjoy the fall colors. Depending on the weather, this will either be a one-way 3-mile hike or roundtrip 6-mile hike. Bring a snack and water. Parts of the trail are rocky so hiking boots are advised.

Meeting Place: Lyle Trailhead, 1 p.m., or Pitt, 1:30 p.m..

Saturday, Nov. 8

Bike Maintenance

In this two-hour class learn to evaluate your brakes, gears

and wheels to prevent mechanical problems on the road.

Bring your bike and tools. We'll make adjustments to brakes and gears that would be appropriate before or during a ride.

Fee: $10 per person includes instruction and handouts.

Class size limit: 10 people.

Instructor: Portia Masterson, retired bicycle retailer and professional bike mechanic with 25 years experience.

To register call Laura Bales at (509) 369-3652 or e-mail her at lbales@esd112.wednet.edu.

Meeting Place: Old Mill Building in the town of Klickitat, on Hwy. 142, just past Huntington's Bar & Grill, 10 a.m.

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