A gate is closed preventing access to South Mountain. The road is also red dotted. So we went to Haven Lake instead.
did not have my gps as I was planning on a straight forward hike up South. I found the lake just fine without my gps and on a slightly different route than usual.
I could see a lot of people down on the Vance Creek Bridge. I'm glad that I got to see the bridge before it was popularized on the Internet by folks who are out to make a buck.
There was shallow crusty snow for most of the route.
We saw bobcat tracks and Patches ate a lot of bob cat poop. She refused to eat the dry dog food I packed for her. She much preferred to eat wildcat poop.
6 miles with 450 feet elevation gain
It would have been under six but I did some backtracking after I found my hiking partner who was hiking in as I was hiking out.
|Bob cat tracks|
|The days are getting longer and we made it out before dark|
|Fog covers half of the Skokomish Valley|
|The Vance Creek Bridge was crowded|
|Phil brought his ultralight stove|
|I found a shelf fungus to set my coffee cup on|