Mountaineers Hike Juanita Heights Park to Goat Hill

Mountaineers hike through Juanita Heights Park

Mountaineers hike through Juanita Heights Park

25 Mountaineers hiked over the top of Finn Hill from Kenmore to Kirkland on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The Wednesday hike was one of a series of Mountaineer day hikes around Lake Washington. The Kenmore to Kirkland hike was designed to avoid Juanita Drive and find a way through the neighborhood forests from Kenmore to the Kirkland Marina. The hike was more than 12 miles through Big Finn Hill and Juanita Heights Park. The hikers passed the lagoon in Big Finn Hill Park getting up close to a Great Blue Heron. Near Kenmore they spotted an eagle’s nest with a head looking out the top. The next hike is June 7 from the Kirkland Marina to the Bellevue Transit Center. If you would like more information on joining a hike check out the Mountaineers site.

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Great Earth Day Workparty

A whopping 37 adults, youth and children showed up to clear blackberries out of Juanita Heights Park on Saturday, Earth Day 2017.  We cleared about 4000 sq ft.  This is a big dent in a significant area of blackberries.  It was tricky because the area is sloped and the ground was Pacific Northwest spring spongy!  Thanks to everyone and a big thanks to Jeremy from Green Kirkland Partnership for keeping your park healthy.

Juanita Heights Park 2017 Earth Day work party

Juanita Heights Park 2017 Earth Day work party

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Earth day event April 22

Earth day event at Juanita Heights Park.  We’ll clear blackberries from the new section of the park. Come to the NE  124th St gravel road entrance to the park.    Sign up on the Green Kirkland Partnership site here.

Saturday, April 22
9:00 am to 11:00

How to get there:  The park is on top of Finn Hill, best way to get here is to drive up Juanita Drive, turn east at the Shell station and follow the street as it changes names and becomes NE 124th St, drive up the hill to the dead in cul de sac.  Park in the cul de sac.  There are a few orange barriers blocking off the gravel road, just walk past them down the gravel road, we’ll have signage.

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November Workparty

We had our annual Saturday after Thanksgiving work party.  Ten people turned out to plant about 70 ferns, flowers and trees in the park.  It was a very rainy day with the seasoned Northwesterner wearing knee high mud boots and the area newcomers wearing white sneakers! We planted them all.

Juanita Heights Park November 2016 work party

Juanita Heights Park November 2016 work party

Juanita Heights Park November 2016 work party with Andrea Thompson, steward, showing how to plant and mulch a Douglas Fir tree

Juanita Heights Park November 2016 work party with Andrea Thompson, steward, showing how to plant and mulch a Douglas Fir tree

Juanita Heights Park November 2016 work party

Juanita Heights Park November 2016 work party

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Stinky Bob & Sticky Willy in Juanita Heights Park

The following two weeds can be seen along the 1/4 mile trail as well as on several of the new trails in the park:  Catchweed Bedstraw often called sticky willy and Herb Robert aka stinky bob!

Catchweed Bedstraw (Galium aparine L.)

Catchweed Bedstraw (Galium aparine L.)
also known as: Goosegrass, Cleavers, Sticky Willy

Catchweed bedstraw, Galium aparine, can be found throughout most of the world. The species name “aparine” comes from a Latin word meaning “to seize,” which is very appropriate considering the clinging nature of this weed. If you’ve ever touched it you’ll recall how ‘sticky’ it feels.

Left on its own, catchweed bedstraw remains low and sprawling, forming dense, tangled mats. Hairlike bristles cover the stems and leaves of the plant; these bristly hairs are responsible for its characteristic tangled growth habit and the “sticky” way it clings to clothing and animals.

There are several areas in the park with thick mats of Catchweed Bedstraw competing for nutrients and water. This is a whimpy plant to pull out.  It gives.  Be sure to pull from the stem at ground level so that you pull out the root system.  Be sure to wear gloves and long sleeves, brush off the stems that stick to your pant legs so that you don’t spread the plant.

 

Herb Robert Geranium robertianum escaped from ornamental plantings and thrives in forested communities

Herb Robert Geranium robertianum escaped from ornamental plantings and thrives in forested communities

Herb Robert Geranium robertianum

This plant is a noxious weed because it competes for nutrients and water with native plants in the forest understory. It minimizes the plant diversity in our woodlands and forests. Where it occurs, there will likely be fewer native herbaceous species. Here is a good description of the plant.

It is also known as stinky bob because of its pungent odor when crushed.  It isn’t an ugly plant so many people tend to think the frilly leaves and pleasant pink flower are attractive. It is a low growing plant that is hairy and shallowly rooted.  This plant offers virtually no resistance when pulled out. It takes over and spreads quickly.

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Caught, but does it matter?

Hello it's me, deer, and yes I've been eating the tops off all the Piggy-back plants you've planted in the new park area. You caught me! Just remember, I was here first in Juanita Heights park and you are just passing through!

“Hello it’s me, deer, and yes I’ve been eating the flower tops off all the Piggy-back plants you’ve planted in the new park area. You caught me! Just remember, I was here first in Juanita Heights park and you are just passing through!”

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Sunny Day – Exercise – The Forest Wins

Great workparty today in Juanita Heights Park.  We cleared away blackberry starts from two sections in the park. Thank you everyone for caring to share your Saturday morning in the park!

Juanita Heights Park  4-16-16 workparty

Juanita Heights Park 4-16-16 workparty

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