Although the forecast called for showers, scattered showers, and more showers yesterday, all I saw was sun, partly sunny, and more sun. It was a refreshing change! I decided to take advantage of it and try a local hike that didn't involve a 3 hour drive. Two separate people have recommended Green Mountain to me, so I headed down there to check it out yesterday afternoon.
Washington State Department of Natural Resources and had a large trail map posted. Upon returning home, I found that you can access the DNR trail maps in pdf format at this website (the trail map of Green Mountain is here). I talked to someone in the parking lot who had just finished the hike, and he said it was 2.5 miles to the top, so I decided to give it a try.
trail map). The trails are well marked and mostly hard-pack dirt or gravel. It's a well-used recreation area, too. I passed 18 other hikers, 2 horses, 3 mountain bikes, and one noisy, smelly dirt bike (or rather, they passed me).
Here he is zoomed in. Looks ferocious, doesn't he?
Does anyone know what he is? I tried, but haven't been
able to put a positive ID on him yet.
Not sure what this one is, but it sure is pretty.
my sons' technique at distance photography, and this was the result. (Taken by holding my camera up to the binoculars. :-) ).
Stats from the Gold Creek Trail parking lot up to the vista.
That's Gold Creek by the way.
End of hike statistics back in the parking lot.
What a great way to spend an afternoon! It was good to get out, enjoy the fresh air and the beauty of nature. It sure reminded me of hikes with my family like the Sugarloaf hike, and it made me miss my family. This hike was totally doable with small children. In fact, I passed two families on the trail - each a mom and a dad with two young kids. I look forward to bringing my family to see Green Mountain when they arrive here in a couple of weeks.
Gold Creek Trail Hike Overview:
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation gain: 1,054 feet
Start Time: 1433
Moving Time: 2 hours 7 minutes
Stopped Time: 52 minutes
Finish Time: 1733
Weather: Approx. 55F, light breeze
Facilities: Outhouse in the parking lot at the trail head. Outhouse in the parking lot near the vista. No water or other facilities. No trash cans either, so unfortunately there were bits of litter here and there. I regret I didn't bring my Camelbak this time, because I carry spare trash bags to pick up litter along the way.
Pests: Aside from the one noisy and smelly dirtbike that passed me on the trail going up? There were a few bugs flying around my head at the top of the mountain, but they weren't overly annoying. I didn't notice in situ, but when I got home I discovered I had about 5 bug bites on the backs of my hands. I probably have some on my neck that I can't see or haven't otherwise noticed. Next time, use bug spray.
Geocaching: There are a few around this area. I looked for the geocache at the top of the mountain, but had to log a DNF. Maybe my boys will help me find it next time.