Aug
30
to Sep 3

Labor Day Weekend Backpacking Trip

West Fork Foss River and Lakes to Chetwoot Lake

 CENTRAL CASCADES

LOCATION

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 

LENGTH

24 miles, roundtrip

ELEVATION

Gain: 4300 ft.

Highest Point: 5400 ft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a link to a you-tube video of the whole loop hike with great images and all the details of the hike. Depending on the group, we may only go as far as Chetwoot Lake (12 miles one way) to set up base camp and explore from there. Most likely we will return the same way and not do the full loop. 

Foss River Full Necklace Loop 2014 Short Version

 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aR1T7hy1vI

For those interested, please email Jim Wright at jwright@cbcbellevue.com.

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Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Thursday Night Hikes

Thursday Evening Hike, 6:00 PM August 15

We have enjoyed more than twenty weeks of Thursday evening hikes with about eight weeks remaining. Come and join us as we enjoy summer evenings on the trails together.

 

What:  Cougar Mountain, Marshall Hill Loop via Terrace Trail: 4.1 miles, 850 feet elevation gain.

The Terrace Trail starts from a neighborhood in Newcastle Highlands and climbs steadily 550 feet to the start of the Marshall Hill Loop. The loop itself contains many ups and down gaining collectively another 300 feet of elevation.

 

When: We will begin promptly at 6 pm, Thursday August 15.

 

Where: Terrace Trailhead in Newcastle Highlands (14410 SE 87th St. Newcastle WA)

 

From Bellevue via I-405: Drive south and exit at Coal Creek Park Way. Drive south on Coal Creek Parkway 3.8 miles. Turn Left onto SE 91st Street and drive up the hill and turn Left onto 140th Ave SE – follow this down then up making no turns (the road will change to SE 90 St then to 144th Ave SE). Turn Right onto SE 87th Street and park along the road. Trailhead is on the other side of the gate. Please be respectful of property owners when parking in this residential area.

 

From I-90 east of Eastgate: Exit I-90 at Lakemont Blvd Exit 13. Follow Lakemont 5.2 miles to Coal Creek Parkway. Turn Left onto Coal Creek Parkway and drive 1.1 miles and turn Left onto SE 91st Street and drive up the hill and turn Left onto 140th Ave SE – follow this down then up making no turns (the road will change to SE 90 St then to 144th Ave SE). Turn Right onto SE 87th Street and park along the road. Trailhead is on the other side of the gate. Please be respectful of property owners when parking in this residential area.

 

From Renton area: Drive east on Sunset to Duvall and turn north onto Duvall which soon will turn into Coal Creek Parkway. 1.1 miles north of Sunset turn Right onto SE 91st Street and drive up the hill and turn Left onto 140th Ave SE – follow this down then up making no turns (the road will change to SE 90 St then to 144th Ave SE). Turn Right onto SE 87th Street and park along the road. Trailhead is on the other side of the gate. Please be respectful of property owners when parking in this residential area.

 

Weather: Perfect weather for hiking, let’s get after it together.

 

Bill Hepler

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Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Thurday August 8 Hike

Thursday Evening Hike, 6:00 PM August 8

Last Thursday was balmy on Cougar Mountain for a moderately challenging loop. This week we mellow our objective with a loop on Cougar Mountain from Sky Country Trailhead.

 

What:  Cougar Mountain, Coal Creek Falls Loop: 3.0 miles, 400 feet elevation gain.

 

When: We will begin promptly at 6 pm, Thursday August 8.

 

Where: Sky Country Trailhead (0.25 mile past 7100 166th Way SE, Bellevue)

 

From I-90: take the Lakemont Exit (#13) and drive south up Lakemont Blvd. SE for approximately 2 miles. The road will climb, reach a high point at Lewis Creek Park and begin descending. Shortly after Lakemont Blvd begins to descend turn LEFT (east) on SE Cougar Mountain Way. Follow for 0.6 mile and turn RIGHT onto 166th Way SE. Follow this all the way into Cougar Mountain Park and a right turn into the trailhead.

 

From I-405: take Exit #10 (less than a mile south of I-90). Drive east on Coal Creek Parkway. In 1 mile turn LEFT onto Forest Drive SE. In 2.1 miles turn LEFT onto Lakemont Blvd. SE. then turn RIGHT in about 0.1 mile (the next right) onto SE Cougar Mountain Way. Follow for 0.6 mile and turn RIGHT onto 166th Way SE. Follow this all the way into Cougar Mountain Park and a right turn into the trailhead.

 

From Renton area: take Hwy 900 east and turn LEFT onto Duvall Rd which becomes Coal Creek Parkway. 2.2 miles from Hwy 900 turn RIGHT onto 133rd Ave SE/Newcastle Golf Club Rd. Follow for 2.9 miles – the road will pass Red Town Trailhead and climb – 2.9 miles from Coal Creek Parkway turn RIGHT onto SE Cougar Mountain Way. Follow for 0.6 mile and turn RIGHT onto 166th Way SE. Follow this all the way into Cougar Mountain Park and a right turn into the trailhead.

 

Weather: Perfect weather for hiking, let’s get after it together.

 

Bill Hepler

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Thursday Evening Hike, August 1, 6:00 PM
Aug
1
6:00 PM18:00

Thursday Evening Hike, August 1, 6:00 PM

Thursday Evening Hike, 6:00 PM August 1

We had an excellent turnout last week. This week we access Cougar Mountain from the south for a quiet loop on somewhat lesser-visited trails.

Notice: At this time I may not be scheduling a hike for August 8, 29 or September 5. The August 22 hike may be moved to same time on August 21. 

What:  Cougar Mountain, Deceive Loop from 171st Ave SE Trailhead: 4.6 miles, 900 feet elevation gain

This loop starts with a level half-mile warm-up followed by 900 feet of elevation gain in the following 2 miles through a number of ups and downs (mostly up). In my opinion, this is the best loop on Cougar Mountain.

WhenWe will begin promptly at 6 pm, Thursday August 1.

Where9910 171st Ave SE Trailhead.

This trailhead is located in a neighborhood above May Valley on the South side of Cougar Mountain.

WeatherPerfect weather for hiking, let’s get after it together.

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Because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him (Phil 3:8)

 Bill Hepler

Koinonia Adventures

206-660-9906

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Volunteer Opportunity for Men at Summer Splash for CBC Kids Beginning July 8
Jul
8
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Opportunity for Men at Summer Splash for CBC Kids Beginning July 8

Here’s something that would stretch us a bit and help provide much needed volunteer help for Summer Splash (July 8-12).

How about volunteering to serve our kids and many outside Crossroads kids for Summer Splash!?

I’ve signed up to serve and maybe you have a little ban-width to do the same!

You can contact Emma at EAdent@cbcbellevue.com if you think you could lend a hand.

Jim Wright for the Men’s Ministry Leadership Team

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Fishing With  John Kamikawa on Saturday, June 8
Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

Fishing With John Kamikawa on Saturday, June 8

I have two boats going out on June 8th for cutthroat trout on either Lake Washington or Lake Sammamish dependent on the latest fishing reports.   There are 3 seats available, so first come first served.    The cutts seemed to be returning from their spawn runs in these lakes.   If you are interested in joining us, respond to this email: jkamikawa@comcast.net.   Details of the trip will be sent to those that respond.   This weekend is also Free Fishing Weekend for the state, i.e. you will not need a fishing license.

If you have a boat and want to join us, respond to the email and tell me whether you have a free seat on your boat or not…..

Keep your lines tight with the fish you catch, and the creator who made them….

John Kamikawa

206-714-8961

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Saturday Endurance Hike, June 8, 7 AM
Jun
8
7:00 AM07:00

Saturday Endurance Hike, June 8, 7 AM

Saturday Endurance Hike, 7 AM June 8

Saturday Hike: June 8, 7 AM trailhead start. Icicle Ridge Traverse via 4th of July Trailhead: 15 miles, 5200 feet total elevation gain, 6200 feet total elevation loss.

 This will be the 4th time that we have done this traverse. It is a similar (though lesser) challenge to the Enchantments Traverse with better trail and none of the hundreds of other hikers of the Enchantments Traverse. While the scenery along the ridge cannot compete with that of the Enchantments, the views from the ridge are, nonetheless, spectacular.

 The pace and relentless elevation gain make this a challenging hike. The route gets right down to the business of gaining elevation – switch backing up persistently 4600 feet in the first 5 miles. It gains another 600 feet over the next two miles beyond the ridge crest. You should be confident in your fitness; this is a long day with substantial elevation gain and even greater elevation loss.

A considerable day in the mountains with a big payoff. Ever changing vistas and a paucity of other hikers make this a rewarding day out. 

Camping available in Icicle Canyon the evening before at numerous locations within a short drive of the trailhead.

 Gear: Hiking poles are highly advised. Food, water, and sunscreen and an extra layer of clothing. The crest of the ridge is above the trees for several miles; also, water is only available at one or two locations about 7-9 miles into the traverse. We should be on the move for 7-8 hours.

 When: We will meet at the trailhead at 7 AM, Saturday June 8.

 Where: The trailhead is located 9.4 miles from US Hwy 2 on Icicle Creek Road where you will find a small, but paved trailhead parking area.

 Facebook Group. Follow us on and off the trails on our Koinonia Adventures Facebook group where we will post all hike details, photos, etc. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1542104669421188/

 Because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him (Phil 3:8)

 Bill Hepler

Koinonia Adventures

206-660-9906

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Becoming the Man God Intended - Wed 6:30 PM
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Becoming the Man God Intended - Wed 6:30 PM

A Bible based life group that seeks to go deeper with God and His Word in an encouraging and interactive discussion based format in order to enable a man to live as an authentic disciple of Jesus.  This is a video-based curriculum. We watch a 12-13 minute video each week, and discuss the life implications and applications of each subject. 

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Men's Breakfast
May
18
7:30 AM07:30

Men's Breakfast

Join us for another time of encouraging fellowship, with  food and some words of wisdom at men's breakfast. At this breakfast, a panel of Crossroad's leaders will tackle your hardest questions.  Bring 'em on!  These guys are smart!!  Invite your friends!  Come with your son (12 years and up).  Join us for another great men's breakfast May 18th, 7:30 am, Fireside room. 

We are shifting gears and going after the questions that might have been stirring around in your mind for months or years.  What would you like to ask a panel of Crossroad’s leaders?  Something on work/life balance? Marriage? Parenting? Spiritual life? Other? 

Here’s how it works: you can confidentially share a question by emailing Pastor Jim Wright at JWright@cbcbellevue.com.  He’ll make sure your question gets submitted and is kept confidential. Or write your question on a card available at the Welcome Center on Sunday and place it in the offering box.  The men’s leadership team will be bringing your questions to the panel at the breakfast.  

This should be fun and informative!  Send your questions to Jim!

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Saturday Hike, May 11, 8 AM
May
11
8:00 AM08:00

Saturday Hike, May 11, 8 AM

Saturday Hike: May 11, 8 AM trailhead start. West Tiger 2 and 3 Traverse via TMT trail return via Bootleg trail to Dwight’s Way: 8.3 miles, 2700 feet elevation gain. Expect an elevated pace over our typical Thursday evening pace. A chance to explore a part of West Tiger Mountain we will never have time to get to on a Thursday evening. A chance for Icicle Ridge contenders to get some miles under their feet . . .

Facebook Group. Follow us on and off the trails on our Koinonia Adventures Facebook group where we will post all hike details, photos, etc. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1542104669421188/

 Because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him (Phil 3:8)

 Bill Hepler

Koinonia Adventures

206-660-9906

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Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Thursday Night Hike

Thursday Evening Hike, April 4 6:00 PM

Another dry hike last week, however, this Thursday it looks like we may actually see some moisture. We never cancel due to weather so come on out and enjoy all that hiking in the Pacific Northwest entails.

 

What: Cougar Mountain, Shangri-La – Anti-Aircraft Ridge Loop: 2.7 miles, 530 feet elevation gain.

When: We will begin promptly at 6 pm, Thursday April 4.

Where: Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead (Harvey Manning Trailhead)

18056 SE Cougar Mountain Drive

 

From I-90: take the Lakemont Exit (#13) and drive south up Lakemont Blvd. SE for approximately 2 miles. The road will climb, reach a high point at Lewis Creek Park and begin descending. Shortly after Lakemont Blvd begins to descend turn LEFT (east) on SE Cougar Mountain Way. The road will gradually climb, turn left and level off then turn sharply right. SE Cougar Mountain Drive continues passing a school then up and right making a quick zigzag, climbing some then descending slightly. The road changes to gravel as you enter Cougar Mountain Wildland Park. Continue up to its end, parking and the trailhead.

From I-405: take Exit #10 (less than a mile south of I-90). Drive east on Coal Creek Parkway. In 1 mile turn LEFT onto Forest Drive SE. In 2.1 miles turn LEFT onto Lakemont Blvd. SE. then turn RIGHT in about 0.1 mile (the next right) onto SE Cougar Mountain Way. The road will gradually climb, turn left and level off then turn sharply right. SE Cougar Mountain Drive continues passing a school then up and right making a quick zigzag, climbing some then descending slightly. The road changes to gravel as you enter Cougar Mountain Wildland Park. Continue up to its end, parking and the trailhead.

 

From Renton area: take Hwy 900 east and turn LEFT onto Duvall Rd which becomes Coal Creek Parkway. 2.2 miles from Hwy 900 turn RIGHT onto 133rd Ave SE/Newcastle Golf Club Rd. Follow for 2.9 miles – the road will pass Red Town Trailhead and climb – 2.9 miles from Coal Creek Parkway turn RIGHT onto SE Cougar Mountain Way. The road will gradually climb, turn left and level off then turn sharply right. SE Cougar Mountain Drive continues passing a school then up and right making a quick zigzag, climbing some then descending slightly. The road changes to gravel as you enter Cougar Mountain Wildland Park. Continue up to its end, parking and the trailhead.

 

Weather: Showers possible with a high near 57.

  

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Facebook Group. Follow us on and off the trails on our Koinonia Adventures Facebook group where we will post all hike details, photos, etc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1542104669421188/

 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! –Ps 118:29

 

Bill Hepler

Koinonia Adventures

206-660-9906

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Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Thursday Evening Hike

We had a sizeable turnout last Thursday (23) amid superb trail and pleasant conditions.

This week we move clockwise around Cougar Mountain to a loop from the Sky Country trailhead in the Lakemont area.

WhatCougar Mountain, Coyote Creek – Cougar Pass Loop: 3.3 miles, 300 feet elevation gain.

When: We will begin promptly at 6 pm, Thursday March 28.

  WhereSky Country Trailhead (0.25 mile past 7100 166th Way SE, Bellevue)

From I-90: take the Lakemont Exit (#13) and drive south up Lakemont Blvd. SE approximately 2 miles. The road reaches a high point at Lewis Creek Park and begins descending. Shortly after Lakemont Blvd begins to descend turn LEFT (east) on SE Cougar Mountain Way. Follow for 0.6 mile and turn RIGHT onto 166th Way SE. Follow this all the way into Cougar Mountain Park and a right turn into the trailhead.

 

From I-405: take Exit #10 (less than a mile south of I-90). Drive east on Coal Creek Parkway. In 1 mile turn LEFT onto Forest Drive SE. In 2.1 miles turn LEFT onto Lakemont Blvd. SE. then turn RIGHT in about 0.1 mile (the next right) onto SE Cougar Mountain Way. Follow for 0.6 mile and turn RIGHT onto 166th Way SE. Follow this all the way into Cougar Mountain Park and a right turn into the trailhead.

 

From Renton area: take Hwy 900 east and turn LEFT onto Duvall Rd which becomes Coal Creek Parkway. 2.2 miles from Hwy 900 turn RIGHT onto 133rd Ave SE/Newcastle Golf Club Rd. Follow for 2.9 miles – the road will pass Red Town Trailhead and climb – 2.9 miles from Coal Creek Parkway turn RIGHT onto SE Cougar Mountain Way. Follow for 0.6 mile and turn RIGHT onto 166th Way SE. Follow this all the way into Cougar Mountain Park and a right turn into the trailhead.

 WeatherA 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.

  Facebook Group. Follow us on and off the trails on our Koinonia Adventures Facebook group where we will post all hike details, photos, etc .https://www.facebook.com/groups/1542104669421188/

  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! –Ps 118:29

 Bill Hepler

Koinonia Adventures

206-660-9906

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Men's Breakfast March 16
Mar
16
7:30 AM07:30

Men's Breakfast March 16

Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 AM will be another great opportunity for food and fellowship with Crossroad’s men and our guests. Crossroads Music Director Jack Doney will be speaking on The Songs of Warfare: The Value of Music in Times of Chaos. Bring a friend and bring your sons, ages 12 and up. Lots of bacon will be provided by our men’s cooking team! For more information, contact Jim Wright at jwright@cbcbellevue.com.

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