Friday, January 18, 2019

First #Hike of 2019 - #SaturdaySnapshot

The Auburn Senior Activity Center's first hike of 2019 is described this way in the brochure:

MILES: 6.5

Hikers will begin their trip along Ruston Way. After walking along the waterfront hikers will detour through the Puget Ravine. This lollipop trail follows a restored stream that once powered a sawmill and now provides habitat for salmon. The trail is wooded and may be muddy. Wooden treads help provide good footing for the downhill portion of the trail. Returning along the waterfront, hikers will be able to lunch at one of several restaurants. After lunch hikers will explore the trail along the water side of Point Ruston then return to the van. Except for the ravine the trail is paved and level. The ravine trail has elevation gain. 

(FYI: "Lollipop" describes the shape of the hike. We walk down a trail, take a loop, and then go back the way we came.)

The morning started out chilly and overcast.
Before long we left the paved walkway and headed into the Puget Ravine.
A climb up a steep path took us to the bridge.
We crossed it and walked through this park...
... then headed back down to the ravine.

With all that up and down, my legs sure felt sore the next day!
Next Saturday I'll post photos of the sculpture and scenery we saw on our hike back along Ruston Way.

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  2. Gorgeous scenes! I do love your hiking places. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

  3. Beautiful spot to hike. I'm glad your hiking hasn't been affected by the government shutdown.

  4. Laurel-Rain: I've seen many beautiful places with the hiking group that I wouldn't have ventured to otherwise. I'm glad you enjoy seeing them through my lens!
    Deb: Although some of our hikes have been at Mount Rainier National Park, it's too snowy up there now for our treks. It's sad to know that snowshoers and cross-country skiers can't enjoy their sports in that beautiful place. Luckily, the hiking group has plenty of state and local parks to explore whether there's a shutdown or not!

  5. I'm not familiar with this trail, Sandy. Super photos. Makes me want to go--but in the summertime (:

  6. Judy, if you click on the street map several times and zoom in, you'll see where Alder Way takes off from Ruston Way and leads under the railroad track to the trail. It's easily accessible. The only hard climb was from the ravine up to the bridge, and that wasn't too difficult.
    Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment.

  7. What a beautiful hike! And with such varied terrain! Looks like a lot of fun - good start to 2019!

    Have a good week!


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  8. The area around Ruston Way is one of my favorite places. Thank you for sharing. As always, enjoyed the pictures.

  9. Volunteers from the University of Puget Sound, students and alumni, have helped clean up Puget Ravine. I've been at both the bottom and top of the ravine, but have never walked the trail. I thought about it once, but those stairs are mighty steep and were covered with wet leaves. I decided to go back in the summer, but never did. Thanks for showing me what's in between, Sandy.


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