Hiking Green Mt., School Rock, Mine
Shaft, Gold Mt, & More (3-26-2011)
(about 16+ miles with 3000ft elev gain)
Today, I signed up to do skills practice (Belay,
Rappel, and Climb with Jim Morrison) with the Peninsular Wilderness Club (PWC).
I arrived late (attempted to loadup Tippy (family dog) in vain. She does not
like the back of a pickup) but caught the group up (Jim, Cheryl, Stephie, Jack,
& Gene) on the way up to Green
Mt. It was raining, so
the event was cancelled, instead, they were doing some hike to the Green Mt
Vista. Then, we bush wacked down to “School Rock” where the Mountaineers
train/practice for climbing and repelling. Jim taught us some lessons about
proper anchor lines and tying knots.
On the way back to the Gold Creek Trailhead, one
member explained to me how I could hike the Mine shaft and Gold Mt from the
Gold Creek Trailhead. I did not knew there was another trailhead to Gold Mt.
I was yearning for a longer and tougher hike, so I continued on solo hiking to
check out both the Mine Shaft and the Gold Mt for the first time. Seeing the
Mine shaft was neat. I wanted to go all the way inside (50 yds) with my
headlamp and flash light but the water was getting too deep. Near the Gold Mt
summit, there were a couple of spots for spectacular views to the Olympics
(that some NWhikers mentioned).
I got little wet due to sporatic rains but not
soaked, in overall, it was a good workout. Both quads are burning. I must have
hiked close to 16-18 miles for the day or could be due to bush wacking on off