It was late last September when the youth from Venture Crew 53 came up with the idea for a new type of hike. During the winter, many of Western Washington’s best hiking venues are snowed in or inaccessible so the creative youth came up with and entirely new concept in hiking, the Urban hike.
The plan was to use as many types of transportation in one day as possible while doing something that would be exciting and fun.
The trip started off with a bike ride to our own Lakewood bus terminal where a trailer was waiting for the bikes. The youth boarded the express buss to down town Tacoma where they hiked to the Tacoma Trolley. After a fun two-way trolley ride the Crew was on their way to Seattle on the Sounder commuter train.
From the train station they walked down town to the West Lake Center Mall, up an escalator to the Seattle Monorail. The monorail ride ends at Seattle Center where Crew 53 rode one of the most scenic elevators in the world to the top of the Space Needle.
After Lunch and some time at the Seattle Center it was a hike to Pike Place Market and down the hill to the Seattle waterfront where we boarded the Bremerton ferry just as the sun was setting on Puget Sound. Arriving in Bremerton just at dark, the last mode of transportation for the day was two large vans waiting to return us all to Lakewood completing the circle.
It was 10 modes of transportation and one fun day for 21 of Lakewood most creative hikers.
Submitted by Alan Billingsley