For the past five years Lopez Community Trails Network has conducted the Lopez Walkabout, a two day hike from one end of Lopez Island to the other with the objective of staying off public roadways.
On our first hike, in 2013, just under 30 intrepid hikers started from the Ferry Landing and hiked across private lands, public parks, conservation lands, commercial lands, easements and driveways; through the Village to the School, into Lopez Hill, down Lopez Sound Road (where you can’t drive on it), on roadways and beaches all the way to the southern shore.
It’s an 18 mile hike done over two days, about 4-6 hours of hiking each day. We manage to stay off public roadways about 80% of the time.
The Walkabout is one approach to demonstrating the benefits of a network of interconnecting trails on Lopez. We hope that over time, residents will come to accept access thru private and other properties for the purpose of walking, biking, and riding throughout Lopez. Many other countries allow this access. We think Lopez is an ideal place to build trails for our community to share.
And again in 2014 and 2015, around 75 hikers in three groups made the same trek. One group started from the North, a second from the South. They met at the end of the first day by the School and then had a wonderful party and then continued to the finish on the second day. A third group hiked the entire Walkabout route in one day. Rain dampened the numbers in 2016, but not the enthusiasm. We had our usual numbers again in 2017.
Again in 2018 LCTN plans to hold the Walkabout again. We invite you to join LCTN and participate in our wonderful, scenic hike. The event is private, by invitation to all LCTN members. There is a fee (suggested donation $20) which covers insurance and construction of trails accesses. To join us, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.