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Grassy Knoll and Big Huckleberry Mountain

TOTAL DISTANCE: 11 miles

ELEVATION GAIN: 2400'

PACE: 2 ~ 2.5 mph

DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult.

ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~7 hours

 

PERMITS(drivers): N/A

Note to drivers: the last 7 miles or so to the trailhead are on a dirt bumpy road.

Please note that we will meet at 7:45 for a prompt departure at 8AM.

Carpooling: We will organize carpooling at gateway when we meet on Saturday. Total round trip driving distance to trailhead is about 132 miles. We suggest a gas donation of 10cents/mile/person or $13. Exact change makes it easier to divide among drivers. Nobody will e turned around for their inability to contribute.

 

The hike:

Up there in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest there's a bald topped mountain where an old lookout site used to exist. Obviously that means great views of the surrounding peaks, specially Adams. Further to the north, this mountain connects, via a ridge to Big Huckleberry Mountain which is higher with even better views.

What to bring:

- Good hiking shoes or boots

- An extra warm layer

- Rain pants and jacket

- Hat & gloves

- Sunglasses and sunscreen

- Trekking poles

- Food & water

A word about my hiking style:

I'm never in a rush to get somewhere fast so my pace is usually between 2 and 2.5 miles/hour with frequent stops to take pictures. I also like to make a stop for lunch, preferably somewhere where we can sit down and enjoy the surroundings. I like exploring and checking out viewpoints or other interesting things while sticking to the plan. In some of my hikes (especially if the word "adventure" is included in the title) we'll go off-trail which requires some navigation, route finding and bushwhacking. When doing so, I take routes that I have researched, have waypoints on my GPS and/or have a map. I can get a bit disoriented but unless I say we're lost, we're not. Be patient and I'll find a route.

While hiking, unless I say otherwise or if we are bushwhacking, I like to keep a loose point and sweep system where anybody can be upfront (point) or behind (sweep). When doing so if you are ahead you are point and should stop at every fork or intersection to regroup. If you are last, you are sweep and should maintain awareness that nobody is behind you.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so good to meet you, Chizuru, Zhong, Mitul, David, Ben, Valarie, and Claudio. The sights, parasol, jump shots, stories, and ice cream made for a memorable day - thank you!

    July 14, 2013

  • Zhong

    Grassy Knoll is lovely, even though we are a bit late for the flower show. Still many varieties of flowers along the trail.
    Thanks to Claudio and Valarie for the comfortable ride, despite of the potholes. Great company. Hope to see you all in another hike.

    July 14, 2013

  • Claudio

    Great group of people on this beautiful hike. Thanks all for coming

    July 14, 2013

  • Valarie

    First time doing this hike -- absolutely beautiful! Sharing the trail with great company made the day even better!

    July 14, 2013

  • Chizuru

    Claudio and Valarie, thank you so much for taking us for the wonderful hike! I was glad to meet nice people. Thank you all:-)

    July 13, 2013

  • Chizuru

    Good hiking trail. Just driving up 6 miles on unpaved road to the trail is not ideal.

    July 13, 2013

  • Mitul S

    Running 5 mins late

    July 13, 2013

  • Peter M.

    I would drive, but somebody forgot to get back to me about bringing a dog for that hike, so I made other plans...

    July 12, 2013

  • Mitul S

    Same here. My car won't be able to go here. If there are not enough cars, then I will drop off.

    July 12, 2013

  • Chizuru

    I heard the road to the trailhead is not good.
    My car won't be able to make it there. If you don't have enough drivers to bring everyone there, I'll drop off and maybe someone who is willing to drive can sign up.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My apologies for the last minute cancellation.

    July 12, 2013

  • Kathy

    I lead a hike out there about a month ago. No ledges. Absolutely awesome hike. One of my favorites now. The wild flowers were out in full force at that time especially the bear grass. The road was horrible. I drove my car and it has scratches all over both sides now and the pot holes were almost as bad as going to Silver Star.

    July 9, 2013

    • Kathy

      Thanks Chris. I was going to use a power waxer. They are pretty deep.

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am curious about the 'scariness' factor - are there any precipitous ledges involved?

    July 9, 2013

  • Peter M.

    Are dogs allowed on this hike?

    July 9, 2013

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