Urban Trails

A summer of discovery


What: Craig Romano shares tips from Urban Trails: Bellingham

When: 7 pm Fri., Jun. 23

Where: Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Cost: Free

Info: http://www.villagebooks.com

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

When athlete and author Craig Romano was doing research for his new guidebook, Urban Trails: Bellingham, he learned a few things about the area he didn’t know before.

“There are no pine trees at Pine Lake!” Romano says. “There probably were at one time, but so many of our western white pines have succumbed to disease. I also learned the Stimpson Nature Reserve contains some really big trees, and that there are old-growth trees still growing in Lynden, of all places.”

The second in a series of guidebooks featuring trails that are close to town—Urban Trails: Olympia, Urban Trails: Seattle, and Urban Trails: Everett are next—the close-to-home tome focuses on easy-access trails and parks in and around Bellingham, the Chuckanut Mountains, and Skagit Valley.

“Padilla Bay, the Cascade Trail, and Little Mountain are the ones I frequent the most as I live close to them and they make great running trails and easy hikes,” the Mount Vernon resident says of his own go-to hikes included in the primer. “In Bellingham, I love the Hertz Trail (Lake Whatcom Park), Interurban Trail and all the trails that radiate from it, and Blanchard Mountain’s wonderful network of trails.”

At a Fri., June 23 visit to Village Books, the hiker, runner, kayaker and cyclist will be on hand to share even more of what he’s learned in his years of pointing people in the right direction when it comes to discovery and adventure. Romano is also hoping to expose locals to parks and trails they might have no idea even exist, whether it’s a historic trail, trails for wildlife viewing, a short stroll or an all-day hike or run.

“I like to think of Bellingham as Washington’s Boulder (Colorado),” he says. “It is truly a trail town and full of active folks. And best of all, you don’t need to go very far to hit some incredibly scenic and invigorating trails.”

That said, Romano stresses that even if you’re close to home, you should still be prepared for anything when you’re on your summertime sojourns. If you’re hiking or running anything beyond a city park—especially in a locale like the Chuckanuts—bring water, a first aid kit, sunglasses, a rain jacket, extra food and a map or a GPS.

“A headlamp is a good idea, too,” he says. “And of course my book should be in your pack, as well.”

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