Fossil Trail Loop 6-27-2020

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jime
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Fossil Trail Loop 6-27-2020

Post by jime » June 28th, 2020, 4:16 pm

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Hiked the Fossil Trail Loop starting from the Kalama Horse Camp TH and going clockwise. There's an excellent description of this loop in the field guide Here . This loop connects some old abandoned logging roads, ski & hiking trails to make the full loop around Goat Mountain & Goat Marsh. This journey is primarily a forest hike, so not a bad choice on a cloudy or overcast day. However, the forest offers a lot of variety - old growth, second growth, Noble Fir, Douglas-fir, Silver Fir & then Lodgepole Pine. Finished off with stretch along the Kalama River.
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most of the elevation gain is near the beginning of the hike
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big Noble Fir
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some big old growth below the northern road segment
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Goat Mountain
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Cold Springs Creek
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what would be a view of Mt St Helens
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Lodgepole Pine along the Kalama Ski Trail segment
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almost back, along the Kalama River
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gps track, 13 miles, 2000 ft elevation gain

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Re: Fossil Trail Loop 6-27-2020

Post by bobcat » June 29th, 2020, 4:46 pm

As you say, a good hike on a cloudy day. And some of the world's most massive noble firs are lurking nearby!

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