Mt Zion from the Back Door….

Daniel Collins

Mt Zion at elev. 4,100’ in the Olympic foothills is a popular hike off of Forest Road 28 and it can be triangulated from Snow Creek in the north, Deadfall to the east or the main trail from the south which could make three trips. Each route has an established trail. We chose Deadfall for our April winter-spring hike.

On the well maintained Road 28 from Quilcene or Sequim, look for the 060 spur road at 1.5 miles south of Bon Jon Pass. In another 50 yards you will see a dark opening in the forest, without a sign; that’s your trail! At the trail kiosk a few feet in we had a laugh – the last winter hiker here claimed Paris, France as home.

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Copper Creek Staircase


by Jim and Neil

Thanks Gary, whom is streaking past the trail sign below

Thanks Gary, whom is streaking past the trail sign below

April 4, 2011 began in Bremerton as a gray rainy day. The appointed carpool location was
Bremerton airport. Four goats were there ready to go and gathered in a car to stay out of the rain.(ok, maybe we felt we were nuts!) All ready to go at the appointed 8:00 (ok, maybe it was 7:56) – so we left.

Drive to Staircase and Copper Creek was uneventful though with windshield wipers in force. And, because of snow, rain, fatigue of stomping to our knees, we turned back before the top, saving that stretch for another spring day of the future.

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