Nick Eaton / Green Point Mtn / Gorton Loop - 10-Oct-2012

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Nick Eaton / Green Point Mtn / Gorton Loop - 10-Oct-2012

Post by VanMarmot » October 12th, 2012, 4:51 am

Eight-two days without appreciable rain (0.04" counts as damp not rain). But the season was finally changing and the TV weather folks were once again gleeful over an approaching low - due in this coming weekend. So I took time to grab one more summer-like day on the trail and headed for an old classic - up the Nick Eaton, back to Green Point Mtn, and then a return via Gorton Ck. Mine was the first and only car at the Herman Ck TH (there would be two others there when I got back - and saw only two folks on the trail all day) and the early part of the hike was under overcast skies.

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But by the time I'd gotten on to the Nick Eaton,

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and climbed a bit, I was above the low clouds - which were starting to retreat anyway.

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There was even a view of a mostly melted-out Adams on the far horizon.

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The trail was in great condition and progress was rapid up to Ridge Camp, where Fall colors lined the trail.

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This may have been the first time I'd hiked to Green Point without encountering any snow and walking smoothly on good trail through a towering forest was sheer joy. I've visited some of the world's great cathedrals, but not one was as magnificent as this stretch of trail.

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The view from Green Point Mtn didn't disappoint, with Adams in the distance and Mt. Defiance looming above Rainey Lk.

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Even Rainier made an appearance,

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as did, of course, Hood.

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These shorter Fall days meant that the sun was sliding toward the ridges as I headed back through the waning colors,

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and forests bracing for the first snows.

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A great end to an amazing summer hiking season. 17.6 mi, 4600' EG.

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Re: Nick Eaton / Green Point Mtn / Gorton Loop - 10-Oct-2012

Post by Splintercat » October 13th, 2012, 10:04 pm

Thanks, Van - excellent report! I was hoping to get up to Rainy/Green Point this summer, but lost a couple months of hiking due to my doggy hospital saga... sigh... might be able to squeeze this in before the snows, but I've been saving this for a perfect day (a "bluebird day", in VanMarmon parlance) :)

I'm pretty sure you scored this one on the last summer-like day of the year, Van. Good call!

-Tom :)

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Re: Nick Eaton / Green Point Mtn / Gorton Loop - 10-Oct-2012

Post by VanMarmot » October 14th, 2012, 7:37 am

Splintercat wrote:Thanks, Van - excellent report! I was hoping to get up to Rainy/Green Point this summer, but lost a couple months of hiking due to my doggy hospital saga... sigh... might be able to squeeze this in before the snows, but I've been saving this for a perfect day (a "bluebird day", in VanMarmon parlance) :)

I'm pretty sure you scored this one on the last summer-like day of the year, Van. Good call!

-Tom :)
Thanks, Tom. If La Nina works as advertised, the rest of this year could be stormy, but with a dry lull early next year. I'm polishing my snow shoes in anticipation. Sorry about the hospital saga - hope things are OK now. Just a reminder to hike today because tomorrow is no sure bet...

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