There are 3 springs along the Fernwood/GWT approach. City of Olympia 3. How about this one. Elva and her niece Darlene were close, and Elva transferred ownership of her property to Darlene at age 98. If you look hard in the photo below (to the right) you can just see Marc disappearing into the trees. The Thurston County Bicycle Map is produced and maintained by Thurston Regional Planning Council with support from the following partners: 1. Their second house, which still stands today, was built in 1865 using timber that came from the hills. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. However, I believe we could have very carefully gotten water from that pipe without filtering. His early life was spent in Pennsylvania and his teen years in Indiana. I got lost for a half hour trying to find the trail in some rough scrub oak (my legs are wrecked). We started at Fernwood. You will need a means of filtration to use it. We didn’t bother because we had plenty. They learned that Native Americans had lived in the Thurston Hills when Frederick L. settled there. Hit my sliders once on a wash out on the backside but otherwise good to go. Environmental responsibility was a strong family value that was passed to Glenda, Hugh, and Connie.The three siblings grew up playing on the land. A couple of notes on the springs as you ascend the northern leg of the loop: Good thing we had AllTrails! In 1849, when Frederick L. was 18, the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in California sparked a gold rush. Thinking that Frederick was mortally wounded, the neighbor journeyed to the sheriff to report that he had killed Frederick in a fair fight. Mount Thurston is a worthy hike that extends from the popular Elk Mountain Lookout. The trail as listed here also says to start on a street that says “no public access”. Bonneville Shoreline Trail: Fernwood Recreation Area to East Mountain Wilderness Park, Kaysville East Mountain Wilderness Park Trail, East Mountain Wilderness Park to Adam's Canyon, Webb Canyon from East Mountain Wilderness Park, Bonneville Shoreline Trail: Layton Ridge to Fernwood Recreation Area, Great Western Trail via Fernwood Recreation Site, Bonneville Shoreline to Hobbs North Ridge Trail, Thurston Peak Loop via Great Western and Bonneville Shoreline Trails. The most common approach is those that drive up Francis Peak. The real summit for Mount Thurston was an extra kilometer away. The trail is easy to follow but over grown so wear pants. NOTICE – Trail Closure Due to muddy and deteriorating trail conditions the Yew Haw trail and Acer Spades Trail are closed to mountain bike access for the wet season. As has been mentioned, finding the South leg was a bit difficult. Dorris Ranch: Gary Walker Trail System View a high resolution version here. NOTE: Yew Haw and Acer Spades Trails are closed for the rainy season and will reopen in late Spring. That house is now known as the Heritage House.The Grays were considered a successful family. Wish to have a better trail mark for the new hikers. There is actually some type of pipe and it is much more marshy than the other springs. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Thurston Hills Natural Area Trails View a … You may start here or there is another entry point at Fernwood that joins with the Great Western Trail. The top of Elk Mountain offers a spectacular view of Chilliwack, Cultus Lake, and the surrounding Fraser Valley area. Drove in a 93 Land Cruiser with 2.5” lift and 33” tires. The main focus of the Trinity Alps Wilderness is to the north and centered on Thompson Peak . All in all I’m glad we did it. We ended up not going down the Adams Cabin route and instead went back the way we came. This peak doesn’t get much attention because of its lofty neighbors in northern … It was relatively unknown prior to being officially named in the early 1990's, and before county highpoint climbing became popular. 13.5+ miles. Though there is little scenery to enjoy, recent logging activity has provided a view of the Black Hills to the south. It was my first hike in Chilliwack, and I was looking forward to this hike. I think it took me just as long to get back down the mountain as it did to get up. This trail eventually links up with an old forest service road and takes you to an obvious pass, where a trail then continues on to Mt. Thurston Peak Loop via Great Western and Bonneville Shoreline Trails is a 19.5 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Layton, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The start point of this hike is on a street marked with no public access. 27. They also raised cattle and pigs. Sometimes, land disputes among settlers led to brutal instances of pioneer problem resolution. If you look on this route you see it has a different way up than down - the way down is often difficult to find and not marked as well as the way up. Whether that’s hiking or biking, you won’t want to miss the chance to view the Pacific Northwest in our natural state. This is shown as a loop however this isn’t a commonly used route. The forest was thinned five or six times, but when the land was sold to Willamalane, it contained more board feet than it had 20 years prior.“When you keep thinning the timber, you have a viable stand for generations,” he said. This area opened to the public in 2017, providing a growing trail system for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers. “Next thing you know, he moves just a little,” said Hugh Gray. Thurston BC Canada - Hike in Chilliwack Area. She lived with her older sister Veda in their father’s Heritage House until Veda’s death. When the siblings were young, they discovered artifacts like arrowheads all around the Thurston Hills property. Elk-Thurston trail leads to Elk Mountain followed by Thurston Mountain. Thurston Loop Off Road trail in Boundary, Washington (United States). It’s a steep grade both up and down with lots of SHORT switchbacks. Lots of roots and branches in the trail to trip you up. Great view and well worth the scramble to get to the top. Beautiful views at the peak and throughout. I’ve seen people start there but “technically” you should start at Fernwood and join up with the GWT. I decided to do this route based on the elevation gain and wanting to cross Thurston Peak off my list. City of Tumwater 4. Rising 6,620 feet above Hood Canal, Mount Washington is a difficult hike and climb that only experienced hikers should attempt. But if you want a “day hike” go from Francis Peak. Share this page on your favorite Social network, © 2020 Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Willamalane Park and Recreation District, OR, For your dog's safety and other visitors' safety, please. The trail steepens and swtichbacks as it nears the top of Rock Candy Mountain, ultimately reaching a forest road known as Army Road. The trail is more difficult to follow after you leave the Great Western Trail and head the last bit up to the peak. Thurston is a decent, refreshing hike. Follow the well-worn trail to Mt Thurston (1627 metres), about one hour or so distant gaining a further 150 metres of elevation. Take lots of water and go early to avoid heat. 3-4 stars. What should have taken 6-7 hours took 9 1/2 at a good pace trekking through the snow with poles. Springfield Paths View a high resolution version here. Along the way are views the entire time and a bonus peak half way there if you decide to stop early. Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. Elk Mountain is a popular hike in Chilliwack. 29. I can’t stress this enough: if you are hiking in Summer to mid Fall: top off your bottles at those two springs and take a nice big drink while you are at it; especially if you are doing the full loop. When we descended the Adams Cabin (south) leg of the loop we only encountered one additional spring and it was not conducive to obtaining water. Thurston - British Columbia Canada Hiking. Gain a new perspective when you hit the trails in the region. Up to 4 miles long, you'll have glimpses of mountain and city views, as well as plenty of mossy trees and meandering streams to delight your senses. It should be noted that the terrain is very technical past Elk mountain--this section does not support biking traffic but HIKING traffic for … I would have gave this peak 5 stars had it not been so miserable. The Elk Mountain lookout pmrovides an endless view that is hard to beat. City of Yelm 5. Thurston Mountain Off Road trail in Bridal Falls, British Columbia (Canada). by pto | Jan 13, 2019 | Uncategorized | 0 comments. Therefore we proceeded with the full loop to the Adams Cabin trail. Stay on the highway until the junction with Main Street in the Thurston area. From Elk Mountain, the trail carries along the Elk-Thurston Ridge. There is so much scrub that your shins will be torn up unless you wear pants or some type of gaiters. Thurston Hills Natural Area is a singletrack mountain bike trail in Springfield, Oregon. Here’s the con to the whole route, the descent via Thurston Peak Trail and Adams Cabin Trail is complete and utter garbage. “We got to walk past all the places that were important to us, all the landings,” said Hugh Gray. From that point it’s pretty easy to see your way to Thurston Peak. It is a tight turn with no turn lane, so exercise caution. The views, the animals, the environment are all very unique for a Wasatch Front hike. Nobody uses the trail apparently, not even game. Their sister, Glenda Gray-Cook, died before the transactions were made. Thurston Peaks are located in the southern part of the vast Trinity Alps Wilderness. This gets you up onto the long ridge line that runs East towards Thurston. Passed down through generations, the property tells a story of the entrepreneurial spirit and community values of the Gray family.Siblings Hugh Gray and Connie Jaqua, who sold the property to Willamalane in 2012, hoped that the sale would preserve the property as a recreational area rather than being transformed by development. Download its GPS track and follow the route on a map. The effort is totally worth it once you get up near the ridgeline as the views really open up. If you have the time and energy after visiting Elk Mountain, Thurston is a nice hike … Only a couple of sections have switch backs. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Dense, damp forest is all that awaits you up this steep hike, and it’s quite a climb up the ridge with nary a switchback. Elk Mountain is a popular hike in Chilliwack. 28. Cultus Lake and Mount Baker are also prominently featured from the viewpoint. If I were to do it again, though, I’d figure out a way to go back down that one tricky scramble and I’d not do the full loop (only doing the north leg) and double back the way I came. Frederick L. was born in 1831 to Alexander and Lydia Gray. In a hundred years, they said, they hope the natural area will remain intact and enjoyed by Springfielders and visitors alike. Take a machete. The new Thurston Hills Natural Area features a beautiful forested hike located in Springfield, Oregon. Mount Cheam to Thurston Mountain Loop. The main trailhead entrance is located off Main Street and 75th Street in Springfield. The trail continues to Mount Thurston for another 3.5km, hike along the ridge enjoying beautiful view of the Fraser Valley and coulourful wild flower meadows. It showcases how wet the forest can get, but that moisture results in an abundance of plantlife. The Thurston Peaks are south of that picturesque area. I enjoyed the ascent quite a bit, beautiful fall colors and scenic views once you get up a few thousand feet. There’s a well defined trail that heads to the right/west towards that smaller peak but the correct path is to the left and up into the bowl and along the eastern side of Chin Scraper. City of Lacey 2. These memories, and many others, contributed to Hugh and Connie deciding to sell the property to Willamalane rather than to housing developers. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. If the family had let nature take its course, the trees might have become overcrowded. After that would be those that start at Fernwood and go up the Great Western Trail and go back the way they came. The Elk to Thurston Mountaion trail is well maintained with clear orange markers & ribbons and in good conditions, some steep with loose rock section, your reward is the spectacular view of Chilliwack from the Elk mountain summit. Steep climb up. “They always had bacon curing,” said Hugh Gray. Thurston sits a few miles north of Francis Peak, famous in the area for it's two large white FAA radar domes that look like giant golf balls. He married Flossie May Gray and together had three children: Glenda, Hugh, and Connie. “We hope it will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.”. BOTH had pvc pipes when we were there and were easy to see and to access. Very sketchy trail, tons of scrambling, especially in May as there was a lot of snow. In a way this trail is the epitome of western Oregon. He and his family members are buried at Mount Vernon Pioneer Cemetery. Lots of loose scrabble on steep descents. One last thing, we think, based on my wife’s Garmin that this hike is probably closer to 13 miles. Mount Thurston and Elk Mountain Hike Trip Plan. The lure of the West called Frederick L. to be a wagontrain scout, which occupied his time for several years.Frederick L. liked the Thurston area, and he decided in 1853 to stake a claim in what is now Thurston Hills Natural Area. The trails will be re-opened when soil moisture has decreased and the trail surface hardens. If you are faint of heart, stay away. The property spanned about 1,000 acres and stretched from the hills down to what is now Thurston Road. They had established living spaces in clearings, and they picked blackberries and fished for salmon for sustenance. The third is a little farther along but lacks the pvc it’s just a fresh runoff/source. The first of the springs is a small, muddy marsh and a mosquito haven. 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