Hiking Quest for Berries and Birds at Margaret Lake: Summer Field Trip Series

08/26/2017 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM PT


  • Free


Meeting point TBD
Tacoma, WA


Explorations from Seashore to Mountain Top:
Bivalves, Berries + Birds!

A hiking quest for Berries + Birds at Margaret Lake with Ashley

FREE for all ages and trip number 2 of 3 for Tahoma Audubon's summer field trip series

Join Ashley for a taste of the mountains and sustainable harvesting practices on this hike to Margaret Lake near Snoqualmie Pass and Gold Creek.

All ages are welcome, but children should be able to hike 6 miles or have an alternate mode of transportation. 

We'll provide binoculars if you'd like to borrow a pair.

Hike Details:

  • Mileage: 6 miles roundtrip, moderate hiking
  • Elevation gain: 1,500 feet
  • Highest point: 5,100 feet
  • More trail details available on the Washington Trails website


  • 7 am: Leave Tacoma in carpools
  • 9 am: Arrive at trailhead, hike 3 miles to Margaret Lake, snacking on berries along the way (serious berry picking on the way down)
  • 11 am: Lunch at Margaret Lake
  • 12 pm: Return from the lake, picking berries along trail (return trip may take twice as long)
  • 3 pm: Back to the trailhead 
  • 5 pm: Estimated arrival return to Tacoma

On this fun all-day trip, you'll get to both taste berries and understand them better. Ashley will share information about the importance of berries in our local ecosystem, harvest tips for NW berries, traditional ecological uses and land management practices of First Nation peoples relevant to huckleberries, as well as sustainable harvesting techniques.

Carpooling and ensuring that we have enough Northwest Forest Passes for the event will be coordinated in advance. Don't worry if you don't have a car or pass! If you do, let us know if you're willing to drive and share your pass. 

We'll get an early start by meeting in Tacoma at a location yet to be determined. We'll then drive to the trailhead and hike up to Margaret Lake, passing through hillsides teaming with huckleberries, ripe for the picking!

At the lake, we'll stop for lunch and to enjoy the views and get to know one another better.

We'll then head back down, taking our time picking huckleberries. Picking the berries on the way down is ideal for freshness and to prevent them from getting smooshed in backpacks.

Advance registration for this trip is required by Aug. 20.

Max attendees: 15 people

Please remember to bring:

  • Water
  • A sack lunch
  • Any hiking snacks you might like
  • A container for your berries

We look forward to seeing you on this fun adventure! 


>> NOTE: When you click the registration button, you will be prompted to log in if you already have an account with Tahoma Audubon. If you do not, scroll to the end of the page and click the link: "Continue event registration as a new account."