Outdoor Recreation

Student Wellness Center

Fall 2021 Events and Online Resources

The Pacific Northwest offers a beautiful background and an abundant number of outdoor recreation opportunities!

#1. Introduction to Mountain Biking

Thursday Oct 21, 2:00-4:30 PM- Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park


Bike Rental/Helmets Available (9 bikes available+ Max 12 Riders)

Join the BC Wellness Center and others for a group ride at Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park. Learn about the skills and equipment needed to make trail riding your new outdoor passion. Participants will sign up online and meet at the trailhead for a group ride and instruction.  Bikes and helmets available, or you can bring your own.  Information email with packing list and event overview will be sent a week prior to the event.

Sign Up Online HERE, choose the linked below based on your Bike needs:

Bike Rental/Helmets Available (9 bikes available+ Max 12 Riders)


#2. San Juan Bike Tour

Friday Oct 22, San Juan Island

Take the full day to tour San Juan Island by pedal power. Meet in Anacortes where you will be fitted for a bike and Helmet before boarding 1 hour ferry ride to San Juan Island.  There will be 2 ride options for beginner and more experienced riders to tour the island and experience the relaxed pace of Island Life.

$5 Registration Fee covers bike rental, ferry fare and all instruction. All you need is to provide your own transportation to Anacortes and spending money for food and snack along the way.

Sign Up Online Here, choose the linked below based on your Bike needs:


#3. Wilderness Plogging Event

Friday Nov 5, 1:30-5:00 PM- SE Middle Fork Road- Middle fork trailhead

Join the BC Wellness Center and Office of Sustainability for a 5k group plog on the SE Middle Fork Trail. Plogging has become an international movement that combines jogging and picking up litter. It uses the Swedish terms “plocka upp”, which means to “pick up” and “jogga”, which means to “jog”, hence the creation of the word “plogga”. Enjoy moving outdoors while working to keep your community clean and spread awareness on litter and plastic pollution! Participants will sign up online and meet at a designated location to then be transported as group to the trailhead. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. An informative email with an event overview will be sent a week prior to the event.

Sign Up Online HERE


#4. Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing

Wednesday Nov 10th, 4:00-6:00 PM- Redmond Vertical World

Join the BC Wellness Center for an afternoon of indoor rock climbing.  No experience or gear is required.  Learn how to boulder and have a chance to Top Rope climb as well.  The view from the top of a 30 ft wall can help put life into perspective.

Sign Up Online HERE


#5. Guided Group Sunset Hike- Rattlesnake Ledge

Friday Dec 10, 3:00-6:00 PM- Rattlesnake Ledge

Meet at the rattlesnake ledge trailhead for a group hike. Great experience for first time hikers, anyone is welcome to join! Basic information and topographical maps will be provided.  Come prepared with comfortable walking/hiking shoes, a day pack with water, food, clothing and a light source. Take this opportunity to meet other outdoor enthusiast and start your weekend in an active and invigorating way.

Sign Up Online HERE


6. Outdoor Office Hours- Wednesdays 1:30-2:00 PM

Always here to be your outdoor resource. Join me via zoom for questions and trip planning help. Maps, Forecast, Locations, Trip Reports, Gear Questions and MORE…


Wednesday’s 1:30-2:00 PM


Join Zoom Meeting
https://bellevuecollege.zoom.us/j/86273511979


#7. Get Out There… Stay Safe… Mask Up

WTA- Hiking during COVID Pandemic and Trail Closures

https://www.wta.org/go-outside/social-distancing-hiking-in-the-time-of-coronavirus


#8.  30 Within 30

Here is our list of 30 great adventure within 30 minutes of Bellevue College, we have done the leg work to give you a great list of adventures.


#9.  King County Backcountry Trails – King County

If you enjoy hiking through lush forests, mountain biking on great single track trails or riding your horse on a mountaintop ridge, come explore King County Parks’ 180 miles of backcountry trails! Check these Trails Out…

LEAVE NO TRACE: Environmental Ethics in outdoor recreation is a community responisbility. Here is a resource to ensure you can practice and preach these important philosophies

 LNT.org- The 7 Principles


#10. Need a Map- Don’t leave Home without it

  • Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is the gem of King County’s 29,000-acre park system. Just minutes from Eastside cities such as Bellevue, Newcastle and Issaquah, Cougar Mountain Park provides an excellent example of our region’s unique historical, cultural and natural heritage. Recreation Maps – King County
  • Free Printable Topographical Maps for AnywhereStart Mapping Now with caltopo.com online for free.  The best kept secret about maps worldwide

#11. Ride a Bike

Bicycle route maps for the Puget Sound region: King County – Information about bikes and transit – Information about county trail system Kitsap County – PDF of 2004 route map – County Bike Plan Pierce County – Webpage for Tacoma-Pierce County 2013 route map – Information about county trails Snohomish County.


#12. Send us your best photo!

In 2010, scientists analyzed and reported a summary of over 100 studies focusing on the effects of art on physical and psychological health in The Connection between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature.


#13. Trip Planning

Taking the time to plan you adventure in advance is always best practice.  Use this webpage and planning worksheet to ensure you are as prepared as you can be.


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Last Updated October 18, 2021