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C2 o=o The Arlington Times/The Marysville Globe The Weekender Wednesday, by Ward Norden Special to The Weekender "t's a shame to waste any March day in the Northwest .when it isn't raining. Late winter is positively the best time to go exploring the forests and the backroads of thePuget Sound low- lands. Late winter is the time to find the hidden outdoor treasures which can be enjoyed next sum- mer when leaves and ferns will make them much harder to locate by fair weather outdoor lovers. I took advantage of non-rainy Sunday afternoon by taking my mountain bike out of the truck to explore some gated logging roads. The area was one I saw two weeks earlier on another mountain bike hike in the hills east of Duvall. What I had seen on that earlier trip was apparently a new DNR clearcut and a road on a hill to the west. Any new clearcut and logging road requires mounting an expedition. That earlier bike trip provided me with a lot of valuable information besides spotting that new clearcut, and a couple disap- pointments as well. One fun bit of information was that my mountain bike performed marvelously, if slowly, on new snow. With three inches of new snow on the road, it felt like riding on a thin layer of soft dirt. The snow made uphill a grind, but the snow also smoothed the grav- el on the logging road making the ride more pleasant. I also discovered the drainage of the "You never really know when a quick two-hour bike trip in March will lead you to a real treasure." Ward Norden Outdoorsman this area in Tolt River's North Fork still has a healthy num- ber of very large deer with lots of fawns. With cougar numbers on the increase all over our region, deer populations have become very spotty, so areas with any con- centration of deer must be sought out. This particular area, which has always been known for its large deer, continues to have healthy numbers of those deer. Fresh snow offers a great opportu- nity to find this kind of informa- tion for future use. On the disappointing side of that earlier mountain bike trip, three attempts to call a coyote, bobcat, or cougar within range of my single-shot hunting hand gun failed. Not seeing any fresh preda- tor tracks in the snow with all the deer tracks should have been a clue. Nevertheless, using predator calling as an excuse for more fre- quent rest stops from biking makes these bike hikes lots more fun. The other disappointment was that DNR is allowing King County Metro to dispose biosolids (sewage sludge) in parts of that area to fer- tilize the new trees. The smell of the "biosolids" tends to clear wildlife (and me) out of the area for a few months. It was while "hot wheeling it" through the smell of these biosol- id disposal areas in a clearcut that I noticed the new clearcut a couple miles to the west that necessitated the next exploration the following weekend. The new clearcut near Stossel Creek turned out to be up an old logging road that I had previously explored years earlier, when it held little promise for deer due to the lack of feed in the 40-year-old timber. This new clearcut is about 50 acres in size and has exposed a rolling plateau that had been pre- viously hidden by the dense, unthinned forest. From this hilltop plateau a visitor now has magnifi- cent views of Mt. Rainier, downtown Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains. Not a deer or predator track was to be seen in this new clearcut which should not be too surpris- ing. The habitat was previously so poor for wildlife that it will be a year or two before the bonanza of new forage is discovered. Never- theless, this area will be worth watching as a hunting spot for sev- eral years to come because it can- not be seen from any roads where auto travel is still permitted, yet is only about a mile and a half from the DNR gate. Neither of these mountain bike trips sounds very exciting or pro- ductive, but they,are part of enjoy- ing the year-round opportunities we have in our unique part of the Ward Norden enjoys riding his mountain bike on logging roads scout out potential hunting and fishing opportunities for later in the year Courtesy Ward Norden around the Sultan area to a mystery, but may have enterprising the new in the 1870s. blessed! This never have today's with its quasi-religious, ers. This cutthroat the strain world, of the tree farm. I had never seen to discover the exact location of a You never really know when a this locale in winter and no water deposit of large quartz crystals quick two-hour bike trip in March was visible during visits in warmer mixed with a few amethyst crys- Steelhead will lead you to a real treasure, months. With the leaves gone and tals in an old quarry south of Sul- For me, the major benefit of a bike winter storms having beaten down tan. A lost rockhound who needed Runs of is that it allows time for explo- the ferns, not only is the water of directions to get out of the moun- seem to be ration on foot in remote areas, this "swamp" now visible, but it is tains showed me a map with theweeks late as I s Most of my great "finds" have obvious that the swamp is actually site's location. I already looked the case occurred after getting off the bike a lake that I would bet has fish. once this winter, unsuccessfully, runs were so to study small areas in detail. This find could prove interesting and I think the map was off by one fresh, winter Last winter, with only a couple next summer when the fish there stream drainage. This treasureable below Fall hours to spare, the bike got me are feeding, hunt shall continue, but fishing had just a mile from a tree farm gate The lands south of Sultan and week. near Sultan where, on foot peering east of Duvall aren't the only areas Outdoor notes Apparent through thick forest, I discovered inviting the winter weekend adven- hatchery on a tiny lake literally hanging on the turer on a mountain bike. The Sul- About four years ago I was very is finally side of a cliff. This one-acre pond tan Basin north of Sultan has simi- excited to hear from a friend in fish back to is only 100 yards from a logging lar areas as do the hills just north- the Nevada Department of Fish the Green road, yet is hidden by underbrush east of Lake Roesiger, and near and Wildlife that the original for all but a few weeks in late win- Lake Cavanaugh. genetic strain of the Pyramid Lake suddenly of hatchery ter. The pond is not on any topo- The best access roads to theseLahontan cutthroat trout was dis- Another bit graphic map. A walk-in visit with a potential-biking areas are thecovered in a small stream flowing that the friend last summer proved that Cedar Ponds Road soutb of Sultan, into the west side of the Boa-closed a few this tiny lake was full of cutthroat the Sultan Basin Road east of neville Salt Flats. This subspecies open by the ti up to 15 inches long. Without the downtown Sultan, the Monroe Log of trout was declared extinct sev- bike to provide the time needed to Road east of Lake Roesiger, and eral decades ago due to over har- The hatchery explore on foot, this lake would the logging roads into the Pilchuck vest by commercial interests and Ponds (Skyk0 mouth have remained hidden. River drainage southeast of Gran- damage caused by irrigation near open. The A few weeks ago, the bike gave ite Falls. Just look at the gated Reno. able on the me time to explore another arearoads as invitations for explo- How this strain of cutthroat near Lake Fontal. The topographic ration, trout came to be in this stream access to a the map shows a swamp in that area My next mountain-biking goalis north of Wells, Nevada will remain ing up W~VW.Wfl. that are planted ington lakes like grows much times The ori strain ed to be well legendarily to be had hoped eventually be The bad neWS dent occurred at Nevada hatcherY are being nurS grave and this old set my hopes The good neWS expects to eggs this PLAN AHEAD . , . Fair auction THIS WEEK... SILVANA --- The annual Silvana Fair auction starts at 6 p.m. Sat., March 11 at Viking Hall in Silvana. ~j~ For information about making donations and to volunteer your help call Ray Strotz at 360.652.8602 or Lee Tatum at 360.652.6149. Coin show STANWOOD -- The Stanwood Coin Club will hold its 40th annual coin show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., March 11 at the Stanwood Middle School. Admission is free. Events include hourly prizes, free coin appraisals, a white elephant table and refreshments. For information call Glenn at 800.852.8568. Brides in park ARLINGTON -- The Stiltaguamish Valley Pioneers presents "Brides in the Park" at Pioneer Hail Sun., March 12. Merchants, wedding organizers or any- one else who would like to promote their wedding-related services are invited to participate. The pioneers are seeking pho- tographs of wedding parties that were held at Pioneer Hall or Pioneer Park through the years. For information call Marty Rauc- sch at 360.435.7289. Battle of Bulls TACOMA -- Rockin' J Rodeo Com- pany, of Silvana, is cohosting "Battle of the Bulls" with five other northwest rodeo compa- nies at the Tacoma Dome 5 p.m. Sun., March 12. More than 40 bull riders from around the country will compete at this event for their share Of $8,000 in prize money. Tickets are available at Ticket- master 206.292.0888. Guide now available EVERETT -- The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau has announced the arrival of its 2000 edition of the "Visitors Guide to Snohomish County" now avail- able at visitor information centers at exit 186 off I-5, at 128th St. in Everett, at the Marysville Tulalip branch near Best Western Tulalip and at 127 Ave. A in Snohomish. The 48-page fourLcolor guide fea- tures maps, lodging and dining, scenic drives, outdoor recreation, arts, antiques, shopping and history through- out the county. They are also available at chamber of commerce offices, libraries and online at visitorguide @ snohomish.org. Sewing expo PUYALLUP -- WSU's Sewing and Stitchery Expo 2000 is tomorrow, March 2 through Sat., March 4 at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup. The Expo provides the opportunity for sewers of all skill levels to lean more about textiles and needlework crafts. Over 70 different seminars are sched- uled, on topics ranging from sewing machine feet to teaching children to sew. For information call 253.445.4575. Plant sale EVERETT -- The annual Snohomish County Conservation Plant Sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., March 4 in the rabbit barn at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe. Call 425.335.5634 ext. 4 for information about what plants are avail- able. Woody Guthrie EVERETT -- Carl Allen portrays Woody Guthrie in narration of Columbia the world of River Songs at the Everett Library, 2702 fire Hoyt Ave. in Everett at 2 p.m. Sunday, Partici March 5. suit ~J~ 425.257.8010. people from 10 a.~ Railroad show on where to EDMONDS -- Swamp Creek and Western Model Railroad Club presents SEAI-I'LE Rollin' Rails, a model railroad show for Lectures series, kids of all ages, at the Frances Anderson Recreational Center, 700 Main St. in pher Avenue Theatre Edmonds, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5. Tues., March 7. The show includes Lego trains that kids can play with, American Flyer trains ~ Tickets and tracks, those big Lionel trains every- at 206.62 one loves, and some scale model lay- tures.org. outs from excellent train hobbyists. The show is part of the club's contin- uing efforts to celebrate our railroad her- itage. Admission is $4 for adults and free Out for children 12 and under. Spirits of Nature cadeslnstitute couple SEDRO-WOOLLEY -- Unity House otany March in Sedro-Woolley is planning a gentle Owling day hike, "Spirits of Nature" for exploring Lummi CERAMIC TILE CARPET VINYL LAMINATE marysville-everett 1220 Second St. Marysville Please accept this information session desi and college decisions. S Owning your own home may be easier Come to our "Possible Dream" Seminar HOMEBUYER'S EDUCATION t Saturday, March 11 10 am'-' MARYSVILLE 6120 Grove St. MarysV To RSVP Call (360) VVaslhi Mutual FDIC Insured