We are only a few weeks away from the 2023 Puget Sound Shrimping season! Now is the time to review season details, take inventory of your pots, your riggings, and of course your bait.
Do you remember where you left off last year? Do you remember the valuable lessons you learned? Now is the time to review, head to the store if you need to and come up with a plan to make your 2023 season a big success.
This is the big forecast news dump we’ve been waiting for! There’s so much information on what we can expect with regards to salmon fishing in Puget Sound revealed at the beginning of North of Falcon with these forecasts now released.
There was also some framing of the kind of salmon seasons we can expect. I will unpack all of it for you in this blog post, including details about the nearly 4 million pinks (humpies) expected to return to Puget Sound in 2023!
Shrimpers, it’s time to plan your next pot drop! That’s right, the 2022 spot shrimp season in Puget Sound has been announced by WDFW and we have all the details, links and how-to information right here on this there blog.
Gold Creek trail on Green mountain is just a short drive from Bremerton and a fantastic out and back with panoramic views of the Olympics and lots of elevation gain for the short 2.5 mile hike.
The trailhead at Gold Creek is just a short drive from Bremerton (less than 20 minutes) and an easy hour from the Puyallup area where we started from. We lost cell service in the last 10-15 minutes of the drive though so better have the directions plugged in early!
The trailhead requires a Discover pass to park for free as you are within a State Forest. There is ample parking at the trailhead. However, when we came back down around noon, it had mostly filled up. The hike will take you anywhere from 1.5-2.5 hours total depending on the fitness level of your group.
At the trailhead parking there are two trails that aren’t marked clearly. The northern most trail is Gold Creek Trail. The southern side of the parking lot trail entrance is a different trail with what we were told included significant challenging elevation gain to start out.
A good portion of the trail looks like the above pic. Heavily forested and going up up and up. The elevation gain total is around 1000 ft over 2.5 miles. A great place to get some exercise!
After about 1.5-2 miles climbing you are rewarded with some fantastic panoramic views of the Olympics and Hood Canal right around the clear cut area. I could see our Hood Canal shrimping spot from up there!
We did this hike in April and it hadn’t rained much in the past week, so the trail was fairly dry. I could see there being some challenging during periods of heavy rain for the tennis shoe approach here.
Also, this is a mixed use hiking trail. We yielded the trail on the way down to some dirt bikes who were making their way up. Overall, there wasn’t a ton of traffic for a Saturday hiking trail with views as spectacular as what we experienced.
Also also! We passed by a fair amount of huckleberry bushes that come August should yield an amazing foraging opportunity!