Ahtanum Campground to close in August
The Department of Natural Resources will close the Ahtanum Campground from 5 p.m. Aug. 4 until Aug. 31 to replace the bridge.
No camping will be allowed at the campground west of Tampico during the closure. For more information, visit dnr.wa.gov/ahtanum.
This week birders found the Ahtanum Valley along Nasty Creek Road to be exceptionally birdy and tallied some interesting birds. Highlights of this area included: common nighthawk, common poorwill, Vaux’s swift, rufous hummingbird, calliope hummingbird our smallest hummer, red-tailed hawk, flammulated owl, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, American kestrel, western wood-pewee, least flycatcher one of the smallest flycatchers, pacific-slope flycatcher, willow flycatcher, Hammond’s flycatcher, a dusky flycatcher that was carrying nesting material, Cassin’s vireo, warbling vireo, Steller’s jay, northern rough-winged swallow, barn swallow, mountain chickadee, bushtit acting very territorial, red-breasted nuthatch, house wren, American dipper, Townsend’s solitaire, hermit thrush, veery, western bluebird, cedar waxwing, Cassin’s finch, purple finch, red crossbill, pine siskin, American goldfinch, chipping sparrow, yellow-breasted chat, Bullock’s oriole at a nest with young, brown-headed cowbird, Brewer’s blackbird, Nashville warbler, MacGillivray’s warbler, yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, Townsend’s warbler, western tanager, black-headed grosbeak and the beautiful little lazuli bunting. Sounds like a pretty productive area with a good diversity if bird life.
A couple of birders carrying out a breeding bird survey at MP 4 on the Tieton Road near Rimrock Lake heard the rapid-fire teacher-teacher-teacher song ovenbird. This small songbird of the New World warbler family breeds in eastern North America and winters in Central America and is a rare find in Washington.
ON THE CALENDAR
THURSDAY: The Hard Core Runners Club is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K in Ellensburg, with the 5K at 8 a.m. and kids races at 9:15. Entry fees are $15 for the 5K and $5 for kids races. For more information and to register, go to hcrunners.org.
SUNDAY: The 40th annual The Runner Stumbles 5K and 10K Run/Walk will be held at Dawson Park on paved roads and paths at Suncadia Resort. Races start at 9 a.m., followed by kids races at 10. Entry fees are $25 for the 5K/10K or $30 on race day, and $5 for the kids’ races on the grass, with all proceeds benefitting the Cle Elum Kiwanis Youth Fund. Call Nancy Wagley at 509-656-4323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
MONDAY: The Cascadian Camera Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Alliance Church, 902 S. 36th Ave. Go to the upstairs entrance on the south side of the building and bring five photos illustrating the theme “Shapes” plus 20 others on disc or thumb drive to share, or just come to enjoy great photography.
THURSDAY: Join the Cascadians for a hike of nine miles with approximately 3,800 feet of elevation gain to Domerie Peak in the Cle Elum Area, Green Trails map 208 or 208SX. Part of the hike will be off trail with some route finding to reach two high points with views of Lake Cle Elum and the surrounding peaks. Plan to depart at 7:30 a.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot and call Brittany and Brian Coonrod at 724-316-2610 with any questions.
SATURDAY: Join the Cascadians for a two-day, 16.8-mile backpacking trip with 5,500 feet of elevation gain, starting from the Richmond Mine Trail near Richmond Lake. From there, the group will connect with the Nelson Ridge Trail and camp close to halfway through in the shade of the trees before reaching stunning views and alpine wildflowers at Nelson Ridge on Sunday. For more information, including meeting time and place, call Brittany Coonrod at 724-316-2610.
MONDAY: Yakima Basin Velo hosts its Mellow Monday ride at 5:30 p.m. from Wide Hollow Elementary School and goes for 20 miles on relatively flat roads at an often brisk pace with several stops to regroup before returning to the school.
TUESDAY: The Cascadian Free Spirits will hike seven with 2,300 feet of elevation gain at Koppen Mountain in the De Roux Creek area of the Teanaway, Green Trails Map 209, and the Trekkers will hike eight miles with 3,000 feet of elevation gain and scramble up the west peak of Esmeralda in the Teanaway Area, Green Trails Map 209. Both groups will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot and the Trekkers will meet the leader at the Love’s Truck Stop near the I-90 west interchange in Ellensburg shortly after 8. Call Dean Hata at 509-388-6375 with any questions regarding the Free Spirits outing and call Ruth Ann Stacy at 509-925-4536 with any questions regarding the Trekkers outing. Drivers with both groups will need a Northwest Forest Pass or a Senior Pass. The 13 Essentials are required for both hikes.
ALSO TUESDAY: Bearded Monkey Cycling and Fitness will host its weekly road rides with various distances and paces for different skill levels. Meet at the store at 6 p.m. and be ready to roll out at 6:15 to ride until around 7.
WEDNESDAY: Yakima Basin Velo will host a 21-mile Naches Loop Ride from SunTides Golf Course. The ride starts at 5:30 p.m. and typically splits into different groups that meet up at the halfway point in Naches.
ALSO WEDNESDAY: Join The Cascadians for Golf 4 Fun, a casual outing at Cle Elum Public Golf Course. Call Sharon Liner at 610-703-6750 at least 2 days before to get the tee time.
THURSDAY, JULY 11: The Cascadian Pathfinders will hike along the Bumping Lake Trail off of Highway 410. Bring water, lunch and the 13 essentials. Drivers need a Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass. Call Rudy at 509-248-7304 for meeting time and place.