Sullivan Lake Ranger District, Sullivan Lake Road, Metaline Falls, WA, USA
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This summer's Perseid meteor shower is predicted to peak the nights of August 12th & 13th, and will follow the new moon (read: super dark skies) on August 11th. Join us for a star-gazing event on the edge of the light pollution-free Salmo Priest Wilderness. Exact meeting location TBD at 4pm on the evening of the 12th. The co-leaders will be wrapping up several days of trailwork with WTA (consider joining us--see https://www.wta.org/volunteer/schedule/workparty/a2mA0000000Q4e8/), and will be returning to the FS office to finish putting away tools. Once we're done with trailwork loose ends, we'll caravan up Sullivan Creek to find a dispersed camping site with good views of the night skies. We'll hang out in camp and watch the nocturnal show. On Monday we'll get up early-ish to hike the Salmo Loop, aiming for a start time of around 7am. Note that the Loop is nearly 20 miles and is a strenuous dayhike. Bring car-camp comfort and snacks to share for Sunday evening/night (so long as the weather cooperates, this should be excellent hammock camping or a good night to just sleep on the ground, sans tent, for easiest star gazing). Bring a well-stocked daypack with the 10+ essentials for the dayhike. Additional options: sleep out under the stars near the TH on Monday night & return home early Tuesday morning, or else choose to drive home following the hike Monday evening. Limit of 8. Hikers should be able to maintain approximately 3 mph pace with significant elevation gain & loss.