If you have the time and energy after visiting Elk Mountain, Thurston is a nice hike … I went back down the way I came to avoid bushwhacking like other reviews have said of the Adams Cabin trail. One last thing, we think, based on my wife’s Garmin that this hike is probably closer to 13 miles. I decided to do this route based on the elevation gain and wanting to cross Thurston Peak off my list. Along the way are views the entire time and a bonus peak half way there if you decide to stop early. The trail evaporated at least a dozen times and I found myself stopping and getting my phone out to find the trail at least every 200 feet. Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. This is shown as a loop however this isn’t a commonly used route. As a result of not knowing this, we took entirely too much water and gear which added to the misery we experienced lol. I got lost for a half hour trying to find the trail in some rough scrub oak (my legs are wrecked). As you descend, the heat increases dramatically and the breeze/wind tends to decrease ( unless you are out on a very rare stormy day). Great (if a bit hazy) mountain views all around. Wear a hat. Great scenic trail with lots of view points. Thurston Peak is a nice Wasatch Mountains hike with a trail nearly to the summit. AllTrails downloaded map is the only way it was possible for me navigate it. The trail steepens and swtichbacks as it nears the top of Rock Candy Mountain, ultimately reaching a forest road known as Army Road. 13.5+ miles. There are 3 springs along the Fernwood/GWT approach. Hugh and Connie followed suit by selling their property to Willamalane to be made into the Thurston Hills Natural Area. But if you want a “day hike” go from Francis Peak. The views, the animals, the environment are all very unique for a Wasatch Front hike. The Thurston County Bicycle Map is produced and maintained by Thurston Regional Planning Council with support from the following partners: 1. City of Yelm 5. I think it took me just as long to get back down the mountain as it did to get up. Thurston Peak Loop via Great Western and Bonneville Shoreline Trails is a 19.5 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Layton, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Take lots of water and go early to avoid heat. From mountain biking to family rides, there are plenty of trails to explore in the region. Whether that’s hiking or biking, you won’t want to miss the chance to view the Pacific Northwest in our natural state. Thurston Hills Natural Area provides 665 acres of land dedicated to recreation and habitat restoration in east Springfield. Thurston Mountain Off Road trail in Bridal Falls, British Columbia (Canada). Instead of hiking straight up in shallow, scrub oak filled canyons, you are rewarded a easier slope with pine trees, mountain mahogany, and cool breezes. There’s one point where you pretty much have to use all fours to scramble over a divide between drainages. This is the highest point on this loop. Follow the well-worn trail to Mt Thurston (1627 metres), about one hour or so distant gaining a further 150 metres of elevation. Passed down through generations, the property tells a story of the entrepreneurial spirit and community values of the Gray family.Siblings Hugh Gray and Connie Jaqua, who sold the property to Willamalane in 2012, hoped that the sale would preserve the property as a recreational area rather than being transformed by development. Frederick’s body was laid in front of the grieving family. You may start here or there is another entry point at Fernwood that joins with the Great Western Trail. The south/Adams leg of the trail is nowhere near as good as the north leg. Lots of loose scrabble on steep descents. A Disciples Of Dirt volunteer works on the Thurston Hills Mountain Bike Trail Photo By Colin Houck. Views are spectacular but I would wait another month or two. To the southwest Vedder Mountain, and Cultus Lake beckon. The trail is easy to follow but over grown so wear pants. Almost no one does the loop. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. A couple of notes on the springs as you ascend the northern leg of the loop: This is my first time out with the all trails app and my first time on the Thurstan Peak and I was not doing that well finding the trail but it was beautiful what I did hike. When the siblings were young, they discovered artifacts like arrowheads all around the Thurston Hills property. “There’s a lot of treasure there if you can find it,” said Hugh Gray. If the family had let nature take its course, the trees might have become overcrowded. Thurston Hills and the Gray Family Legacy, Current Construction and Planning Projects, Download a high-resolution pdf of this map. We started at Fernwood. “Our time at that hunting cabin yielded a lot of venison and good camping trips,” Hugh said. It should be noted that the terrain is very technical past Elk mountain--this section does not support biking traffic but HIKING traffic for … … He married Julia May Gray and died in 1991 at age 79.Family StoriesHugh Gray and Connie Jaqua were raised on tales passed down from their great-grandfather Frederick L.’s time. “He still wanted it to look like a forest even though it was thinned,” Hugh said. This gets you up onto the long ridge line that runs East towards Thurston. Use these maps to guide your way! In 1849, when Frederick L. was 18, the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in California sparked a gold rush. Bonneville Shoreline Trail: Fernwood Recreation Area to East Mountain Wilderness Park, Kaysville East Mountain Wilderness Park Trail, East Mountain Wilderness Park to Adam's Canyon, Webb Canyon from East Mountain Wilderness Park, Bonneville Shoreline Trail: Layton Ridge to Fernwood Recreation Area, Great Western Trail via Fernwood Recreation Site, Bonneville Shoreline to Hobbs North Ridge Trail, Thurston Peak Loop via Great Western and Bonneville Shoreline Trails. You can see all the way to Tooelle and south SLC and Morgan Valley and even into Huntsville. She was among the first teachers of the Davis School, which became part of the Thurston School District in 1927. It was my first hike in Chilliwack, and I was looking forward to this hike. The start point of this hike is on a street marked with no public access. That house is now known as the Heritage House.The Grays were considered a successful family. City of Tumwater 4. Their sister, Glenda Gray-Cook, died before the transactions were made. Long before it was a natural area enjoyed by community hikers and mountain bikers, the Thurston Hills area was a pioneer homestead. If you have a dog with you, take a collapsible bowl and an extra water bottle. The trail is wide and easy to navigate but the top section is very steep and the loose dirt is … Elk Mountain is a popular hike in Chilliwack. Follow the rock cairns. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from July until October. “We got to walk past all the places that were important to us, all the landings,” said Hugh Gray. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. What should have taken 6-7 hours took 9 1/2 at a good pace trekking through the snow with poles. Therefore we proceeded with the full loop to the Adams Cabin trail. They learned that Native Americans had lived in the Thurston Hills when Frederick L. settled there. I would have gave this peak 5 stars had it not been so miserable. The Elk-Thurston Trail takes hikers 4 km, uphill to an incredible viewpoint overlooking the Fraser Valley. The trail is more difficult to follow after you leave the Great Western Trail and head the last bit up to the peak. The trail as listed here also says to start on a street that says “no public access”. Thurston Hills Natural Area Trails View a … “Like so many families at that time, the property was split among the children when Frederick J. died,” said Connie Jaqua.Veda, born in 1899, was a school teacher. NOTICE – Trail Closure Due to muddy and deteriorating trail conditions the Yew Haw trail and Acer Spades Trail are closed to mountain bike access for the wet season. The second and third springs are the places to get water. Along the ridge line to Elk Mt. Mount Thurston is a worthy hike that extends from the popular Elk Mountain Lookout. “We hope it will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.”. “We scattered her ashes on the clearing where the hunting cabin used to stand,” he said.As Hugh and Connie reflect on the last 150 years of the Thurston Hills land, they also consider its future. There is actually some type of pipe and it is much more marshy than the other springs. They also raised cattle and pigs. I started at the Hobbs canyon trailhead on Valley View Dr. The third is a little farther along but lacks the pvc it’s just a fresh runoff/source. Thurston Peak is the highest peak in Davis and Morgan counties. The Elk Mountain lookout pmrovides an endless view that is hard to beat. Hugh and Connie recounted a story from the late 1880s of a property dispute. The lure of the West called Frederick L. to be a wagontrain scout, which occupied his time for several years.Frederick L. liked the Thurston area, and he decided in 1853 to stake a claim in what is now Thurston Hills Natural Area. Most of it is just climbing steadily and sometimes directly up. 29. The property that passed to Hugh and Connie was eventually sold to Willamalane.Frederick James Jr., also known as Freddy, was born in 1902. Gain a new perspective when you hit the trails in the region. Steep climb up. There is a bit of a scramble to reach the actual peak, there isn’t much of a defined trail but it’s obvious where the peak is. Sometimes, land disputes among settlers led to brutal instances of pioneer problem resolution. Mount Cheam to Thurston Mountain Loop. Ogden). If you look hard in the photo below (to the right) you can just see Marc disappearing into the trees. Dense, damp forest is all that awaits you up this steep hike, and it’s quite a climb up the ridge with nary a switchback. It’s a steep grade both up and down with lots of SHORT switchbacks. Hugh Gray and Connie Jaqua said they saw the signature in person, but the deed was lost when the property transferred ownership in the 1970s.Frederick L. married Olive Davis, and together they had eight children. I agree that is a hard hike. Thurston Hills. When we descended the Adams Cabin (south) leg of the loop we only encountered one additional spring and it was not conducive to obtaining water. Then, the rotting trees would have become a fire hazard for Springfield as it developed toward the east.Hugh and Connie remember their father as a hard-working, diligent man who “loved the land and respected the land,” Connie said. “They always had bacon curing,” said Hugh Gray. Cultus Lake and Mount Baker are also prominently featured from the viewpoint. The family’s first house burned down in the early 1860s. One hour after Elk Mountain, we reached Mount Thurston. She lived at the Heritage House for most of her life.Hubert, born in 1901, contributed to a number of local history and genealogical publications. It was an accomplishment. Elk Mountain is a popular hike in Chilliwack. Copy and paste this code into your website. If I were to do it again, though, I’d figure out a way to go back down that one tricky scramble and I’d not do the full loop (only doing the north leg) and double back the way I came. Thurston BC Canada. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Would not recommend the descent to Adams Canyon unless you're willing to bushwack for a while. Only a couple of sections have switch backs. If you are faint of heart, stay away. Take a machete. Thurston Peak is the highest point in Morgan and Davis Counties so it gets a fair amount of … Thurston Peak is listed at #152 on the California Prominence list with 2,052 ft of prominence. How about this one. It showcases how wet the forest can get, but that moisture results in an abundance of plantlife. From that point it’s pretty easy to see your way to Thurston Peak. End of Trail to Mt. The most common approach is those that drive up Francis Peak. Dorris Ranch: Gary Walker Trail System View a high resolution version here. All in all I’m glad we did it. We started at the waypoint marked PARK, then rode up the Mt. Thurston Loop Off Road trail in Boundary, Washington (United States). I wouldn’t have dared attempt coming back down that scramble without a rope. The Elk-Thurston Trail takes hikers 4 km, uphill to an incredible viewpoint overlooking the Fraser Valley. Thurston Peaks are located in the southern part of the vast Trinity Alps Wilderness. The knife was removed from his body, and Frederick started to come around. Drove in a 93 Land Cruiser with 2.5” lift and 33” tires. The views are remarkable. The ascent up Great Western Trail was a butt-kicker (on-par with the Beus Canyon ascent to Mt. They grew grain on the property’s flat ground that was fertilized by intermittent flooding. Many different scrambling routes you could take up to the ridgeline if you're looking for a more adventurous experience. There’s a spot that can send you off in a wrong direction if you’re not paying attention to your app. We didn’t bother because we had plenty. The path was a little less maintained in this section, so you need to push aside tree-branches and bushes to make it through! Elk-Thurston trail leads to Elk Mountain followed by Thurston Mountain. The neighbor was scared that Frederick seemed to have come back to life and got outof town just as fast as he could.Preservation of the LandHugh Gray and Connie Jaqua’s father, Hubert, logged the hill — very responsibly, they said. We were there early/mid September and the first spring was trickling. View from Mt. Hence the review saying that the decent to Adams is hard to find. I’m glad I can check this one off. Stay on the highway until the junction with Main Street in the Thurston area. Just east of Springfield, the Thurston Hills Natural Area offers five trails, which can be combined for more than 6.5 miles (14.5 km) of riding. His early life was spent in Pennsylvania and his teen years in Indiana. The first of the springs is a small, muddy marsh and a mosquito haven. In the process, you reach a good Fraser Valley observation point. Hit my sliders once on a wash out on the backside but otherwise good to go. “And back then, the only things that mattered were their property and their access to water.”The disagreement resulted in the neighbor stabbing Frederick L. with a long knife. The Thurston Peaks are south of that picturesque area. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The ridge reaches a false summit with an incredible view into the Chilliwack River Valley. There's a beautiful meadow section around 5 miles in that offered some gorgeous photo ops. We ended up not going down the Adams Cabin route and instead went back the way we came. Quite a bit of hiking straight up as well. Intercity Transit 6. 28. presented the award at a virtual ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 22 with participation by award recipients and key trails champions, including members of Congress. Frederick L. was born in 1831 to Alexander and Lydia Gray. They had established living spaces in clearings, and they picked blackberries and fished for salmon for sustenance. This area opened to the public in 2017, providing a growing trail system for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers. I ascended via Great Western and after a couple of miles succumbed to power hiking the uphills and running any flats I came across. In a hundred years, they said, they hope the natural area will remain intact and enjoyed by Springfielders and visitors alike. Thurston is a decent, refreshing hike. I also logged 13ish miles rather than 12.1 according to Garmin. The first 3 miles or so are snow-free but once you hit about 3.5, you hit plenty of snow. Thurston Hills Natural Area is a singletrack mountain bike trail in Springfield, Oregon. Turn left on Main and travel about 1.9 miles to the entrance on the right. After that would be those that start at Fernwood and go up the Great Western Trail and go back the way they came. There’s a well defined trail that heads to the right/west towards that smaller peak but the correct path is to the left and up into the bowl and along the eastern side of Chin Scraper. City of Olympia 3. He and his family members are buried at Mount Vernon Pioneer Cemetery. The main focus of the Trinity Alps Wilderness is to the north and centered on Thompson Peak . Here’s the con to the whole route, the descent via Thurston Peak Trail and Adams Cabin Trail is complete and utter garbage. Mount Thurston is a worthy hike that extends from the popular Elk Mountain Lookout. I’ve seen people start there but “technically” you should start at Fernwood and join up with the GWT. In a way this trail is the epitome of western Oregon. Mount Thurston and Elk Mountain Hike Trip Plan. Their father built them a little hunting cabin furnished with old, discarded furniture and a nice little cookstove. Please note that we do not allow E-Bikes at Thurston Hills Natural Area. Nobody uses the trail apparently, not even game. If you look on this route you see it has a different way up than down - the way down is often difficult to find and not marked as well as the way up. Trail to Mt. Lots of roots and branches in the trail to trip you up. was recognized, receiving the Public-Private Partnerships and Access to/Use of Public Lands award for its community partnerships while developing multi-use recreational trails. “They did all the homesteading things that those early pioneers and ranchers did.”Frederick L. Gray died in July of 1915 at the age of 84. Thurston BC Canada - Hike in Chilliwack Area. Thurston sits a few miles north of Francis Peak, famous in the area for it's two large white FAA radar domes that look like giant golf balls. View maps, videos, photos, and reviews of Thurston Hills Natural Area bike trail in Springfield. Our hike... Elk Mountain. Elva died in 2010 at age 105.Lloyd, born in 1912, was Frederick J.’s youngest child. There’s a lot of climbs and few flats. However, I believe we could have very carefully gotten water from that pipe without filtering. The trail continues to Mount Thurston for another 3.5km, hike along the ridge enjoying beautiful view of the Fraser Valley and coulourful wild flower meadows. Thurston, but it's condition is in somewhat worse condition due to the fact that few carry along the ridge this far from Elk. Very sketchy trail, tons of scrambling, especially in May as there was a lot of snow. The trails will be re-opened when soil moisture has decreased and the trail surface hardens. The property spanned about 1,000 acres and stretched from the hills down to what is now Thurston Road. Deeply rutted jeep trail. I enjoyed the ascent quite a bit, beautiful fall colors and scenic views once you get up a few thousand feet. It was relatively unknown prior to being officially named in the early 1990's, and before county highpoint climbing became popular. The Elk to Thurston Mountaion trail is well maintained with clear orange markers & ribbons and in good conditions, some steep with loose rock section, your reward is the spectacular view of Chilliwack from the Elk mountain summit. You will need a means of filtration to use it. The effort is totally worth it once you get up near the ridgeline as the views really open up. 3-4 stars. Thurston County 7. Jeep Track, Exploration Trail, Deactivated FSR. This trail eventually links up with an old forest service road and takes you to an obvious pass, where a trail then continues on to Mt. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. Rising 6,620 feet above Hood Canal, Mount Washington is a difficult hike and climb that only experienced hikers should attempt. These memories, and many others, contributed to Hugh and Connie deciding to sell the property to Willamalane rather than to housing developers. Let me start off by saying that it is also rewarding with stunning views all around. The trail actually continues past Mt. From I-5, take the I-105/Highway 126 exit towards Springfield. Darlene Larson, Hugh, and Connie’s cousin, sold her piece of land, including the Heritage House, to the City of Springfield in 2012 in the hopes that it would become a historic location. Thurston Regional Planning Council Thurston Here to There 8. Their second house, which still stands today, was built in 1865 using timber that came from the hills. Wish to have a better trail mark for the new hikers. App says 12.1 miles but my phone picked up ~18 miles due to the snow conditions altering the route. 27. From Elk Mountain, the trail carries along the Elk-Thurston Ridge. Much of the land went to his son, Frederick James Gray.The Gray FamilyFrederick J. took on the homestead, where he lived with his wife Sarah Maude Hastings and their five children: Veda, Hubert, Frederick J. Jr., Elva, and Lloyd. Mercer, which is the highest peak along the ridge. “Next thing you know, he moves just a little,” said Hugh Gray. Great view and well worth the scramble to get to the top. It is a tight turn with no turn lane, so exercise caution. I left home at 7 am and... Mount Thurston… Trail Maps The Willamalane district is home to several top-notch trail systems. Good thing we had AllTrails! The established trail takes you past the peak about a half mile and then a half mile march up it along the same route the Francis Peak hikers take. Thinking that Frederick was mortally wounded, the neighbor journeyed to the sheriff to report that he had killed Frederick in a fair fight. There is so much scrub that your shins will be torn up unless you wear pants or some type of gaiters. I can’t stress this enough: if you are hiking in Summer to mid Fall: top off your bottles at those two springs and take a nice big drink while you are at it; especially if you are doing the full loop. Up to 4 miles long, you'll have glimpses of mountain and city views, as well as plenty of mossy trees and meandering streams to delight your senses. Let me start with how you get there and then I’ll end with my own thoughts. The hike itself begins with a steady incline up the mountain through a beautifully forested area. “These old guys were tough — and lucky,” he said. This peak doesn’t get much attention because of its lofty neighbors in northern … It’s when you’re about to approach the bowl to the left of the small peak known as “Chin Scraper”. The main trailhead entrance is located off Main Street and 75th Street in Springfield. City of Lacey 2. It’s still challenging and a good distance but it’s more well defined and will have better views the majority of the way. You need to hike up two extra bumps to reach it. by pto | Jan 13, 2019 | Uncategorized | 0 comments. NOTE: Yew Haw and Acer Spades Trails are closed for the rainy season and will reopen in late Spring. The forest was thinned five or six times, but when the land was sold to Willamalane, it contained more board feet than it had 20 years prior.“When you keep thinning the timber, you have a viable stand for generations,” he said. Share this page on your favorite Social network, © 2020 Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Willamalane Park and Recreation District, OR, For your dog's safety and other visitors' safety, please. It's a medium-difficulty trail, popular with the … Elva and her niece Darlene were close, and Elva transferred ownership of her property to Darlene at age 98. Beautiful views at the peak and throughout. In one of my recent posts, I had talked about the need for a Trip Plan and leaving it with someone. 7/18/2020 Thurston Peak Loop via Great Western and Bonneville Shoreline Trails is a 12.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Layton, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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