Local Hiking (WA) - January-March, 2018
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Echo Peak area
Winter view of Lake Desire is better without all the foliage
A crisp sunny winter morning. Optimum hiking weather
Very muddy trail today
View from Holder Knob 'Horse Picnic Area'. A few sunbreaks on the trail, but none when I had a view!
Trail Route. 'Google' hikes a bit quicker than I do. Took a little over 2 hours, including stops and water breaks
Feb-10 First visit to Sugarloaf Mountain Forest. The old gate is now replaced by boulders to inhibit access
The access road is still there, but just around the bend it intersects the new Estates at Sugarloaf being built
After circumventing the fence and walking along a paved street, the gated community has a fancy entrance to the 'open space'
Not far up the trail there is fencing to keep me out of a wetland and the old trail is not currently maintained, so I aborted and returned
GPS track of aborted route
Google intended route
Feb-12 First visit to the western side of Black Diamond Open Spaces. The Black Lagoon has enough water to kayak today.
Following the easy shaded trail
Broadway (not labeled on map) dumps onto WA 169 across from Summit Ridge
The trail loops back and forth and I'm not sure where I am, but I'm making good time!
Finally back to a place I recognize
I was getting tired and decided to take the straight shot to the parking area following the highway
BDOS_West_Route (north is right) - 5.1 Miles
Feb-26 revisit to Spring Lake - Lake Desire Park. View from natural gas pipeline cut, north of powerlines
Gravel road thru powerlines
Today's only real open view
SD_26Feb_map. 4.6 miles RT
Generic trail shot
DG_route. 4.65 miles RT. Mostly flat terrain
- U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)