A Preview of First Day 2015: Ginnett Hill
|Ginnett Hill (right) from Mount Erie|
|Descending Into Naked Man Valley|
- 2012: Bowman Bay to Lighthouse Point
- 2013: Bowman Bay to Rosario Head
- 2014: North Beach and Goose Rock Summit
I am certainly not going to miss this one. I can promise the Ginnett Hill Trail is something very special. If you appreciate the unique nature of the Pacific Northwest, this hike should not be missed.During the winter, the mosses and liverworts (Bryophytes) are in their glory. There are innumerable species, and they are the most ancient of all land plants. In the summer, the streams dry up and the mosses fade, but now the trail is lined with forest wildflowers. You might even encounter the Washington State Poet Laureate leading a writing workshop here.
My first visit to Ginnett Hill was in January, 2014. I found a temperate rain forest right here in the midst of the Olympic Rain Shadow. It was a "Kingdom of Moss" that was completely unexpected. The Sword Ferns grew higher than my shoulders. Streams were flowing everywhere. In one spot, the trail itself had become a small waterfall. But it was the mosses flourishing in the depths of Naked Man Valley that blew me away.
|Giant Insects Stalk the Trail|
|A Sentry Guides the Way|
|Approaching the Summit|
|The Louis Hall Homestead at the Summit|
|Pass Lake from Ginnett Hill Summit|
This year's First Day Hike begins at 10:00 AM. Meet at the Pass Lake parking lot, at the junction of Highway 20 and Rosario Road. This is a small lot so carpooling might be in order if possible. There has been good weather three years in a row for this event. The weather spirits should be with us again this New Year's Day.
The hike will have two legs again this year. The first, shorter leg will be to the meadow accessed off the Pass Lake Loop Trail. The second leg will take us up to Ginnett Hill. There are more details about the hikes in this month's Deception Pass Current newsletter (.pdf).
Note that January 1, 2015 will be a Discover Pass "free day." See you on New Year's Day.
|Moss Kingdom Royalty|