2022 was an incredible year of new hunting experiences and also some challenges and missed opportunities. I want to share what went well, what didn’t and what I’ve learned from it in a way that will hopefully help you on your learning journey as well.Continue reading “Reviewing my 2022 hunting season”
More razor clams digs announced for the Washington Coast in April 2022 and these are going to be a special!Continue reading “Washington Razor Clam Digs April 2022”
One of my favorite aspects of hunting is being able to harvest mushrooms as I explore and hunt for big game throughout western Washington. Chanterelles are some of the best tasting and widely available fall mushrooms with a season that can go from September all the way into December depending on where you are.Continue reading “Chanterelle Foraging in Western Washington 2021”
More Washington coast razor clam digs have been announced for late November, 2021. The razor clam season in the fall of 2021 has been fantastic. It doesn’t quite make up for all the days we missed last year due to the toxins, but it’s nice to have it as a harvest recreation option this year.Continue reading “Washington Razor Clam Digs Late November 2021”
2021 has brought us an absolutely incredible summer in the PNW on many levels. I want to share what I’ve been up to, some of the opportunities ahead and a bit of behind the scenes for me personally.Continue reading “An Incredible PNW Summer in 2021”
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!
This is my first year hunting elk in Western Washington, but I’m learning a lot and putting in the time to climb the elk hunting learning curve quickly. I wanted to share about this, not from the perspective of an expert, but from the perspective of someone seeing elk hunting fresh, which means if you too are trying to get into elk hunting, my learning journey could be valuable to you as well.Continue reading “Washington Elk Hunting October 2020”
Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and can be easily purchased at at nearby grocery store. However, berry picking is also one of the easiest and fun activities to get your family outdoors, harvesting their own food in the Pacific Northwest. There are plenty of U Pick options out there for a fee, but how about completely free U Pick blueberries?Continue reading “Blueberry picking near Tacoma”
If you’re like me, you find most store bought strawberries to be basically inedible. They look red and appealing on the outside, but they are all white and tasteless on the inside. Disgusting! If you’ve never experienced the above pictured berry, which is red and delicious all the way through, you are missing out on one of the most delectable treats of the entire Pacific Northwest!Continue reading “U Pick Strawberries Puyallup June 2019”