8.4 mi rt
gain: 2935 ft
max: 6507 ft
gpx track, use at your own risk: Green
I last went up here YEARS ago. Since then Suaittle River Road was closed for about 11 years due to a washout and when it opened last fall (finally) I went up Sulphur first. But now was the time to get up Green.
I got up early and drove down to the trail (parking at N48 16.076 W121 14.214). To get to there, I took 20 to Rockport and then down to Suaittle River Road. This road is paved to start, about 11 miles, then turns into a gravel road. After quite a distance, maybe 17 mi (?) from the highway is the turn to go up to Green Mnt. When I drove this years ago I was in my Jetta and I remembered the road being awful. After thousands of miles on logging roads/ dirt roads I now think this road was excellent! I don’t think it is the road that changed nor that now I drive a 4W pickup but rather that I now know what awful can really mean for a road! Cars make it here just fine, no problem, there where plenty in the lot when I came down.
I was the third car there so I had the trail pretty much to myself on the way up. The trail starts off by going through a mature forest for about 1.5 miles before breaking out to an open hillside which I imagine is quite beautiful during the wild flower season! I must come back and check out the butterflies here.
The geology up here was also amazing. I need to come back with my book and my friend who LOVES rocks, yes I am looking at you Kristen! On our hike around the Sisters she kept harvesting rocks. As we ate food over the five days my pack got lighter, hers not so much ( :
The views started here and just kept getting better. I ran into some hunters on their way down; a group of two women and then later two guys. The guys had come straight up the hill and were surprised when they ran into a trail…frankly it is comments like that that terrify me. Here they are out hunting in an area that has a popular trail and they were not even aware of it. Gah.
Anyhow. After following the hillside for a bit, the trail goes over a hump and into a valley with some tarns and a beautiful lake. This is where there is the first view of the lookout way up in the distance. The final approach to the lookout has some elevation gain to it ( :
I had the lookout to myself for about a half hour before a large group came up. Funny thing is that I knew the group and had hiked with them in the past. I often run into hikers that I have seen when I am up mountains which I guess makes sense.
The views from up here are amazing. The lookout was all closed up for the season, I will need to revisit to see the interior. I was amused and happy to see that there was a solar panel on the lookout! I guess that is the way the lookouts are going, I saw multiple panels up on the lookout on Copper Ridge a few months ago.
The day was excellent, I am glad to have visited.