I went back down the way I came to avoid bushwhacking like other reviews have said of the Adams Cabin trail. Let me start off by saying that it is also rewarding with stunning views all around. 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. Lots of roots and branches in the trail to trip you up. Sometimes, land disputes among settlers led to brutal instances of pioneer problem resolution. Use these maps to guide your way! Nobody uses the trail apparently, not even game. Thurston Peaks are located in the southern part of the vast Trinity Alps Wilderness. As you descend, the heat increases dramatically and the breeze/wind tends to decrease ( unless you are out on a very rare stormy day). “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. Steep climb up. Cultus Lake and Mount Baker are also prominently featured from the viewpoint. I agree that is a hard hike. Intercity Transit 6. Only a couple of sections have switch backs. Thurston - British Columbia Canada Hiking. The grant we received to build the trails was specifically for non-motorized recreation, and as e-bikes are considered motorized, they are not permitted. The Elk-Thurston Trail takes hikers 4 km, uphill to an incredible viewpoint overlooking the Fraser Valley. The property spanned about 1,000 acres and stretched from the hills down to what is now Thurston Road. Thurston Loop Off Road trail in Boundary, Washington (United States). I started at the Hobbs canyon trailhead on Valley View Dr. Our hike... Elk Mountain. This is definitely a hard hike. As a result of not knowing this, we took entirely too much water and gear which added to the misery we experienced lol. 27. You will need a means of filtration to use it. We were there early/mid September and the first spring was trickling. We ended up not going down the Adams Cabin route and instead went back the way we came. The third is a little farther along but lacks the pvc it’s just a fresh runoff/source. From that point it’s pretty easy to see your way to Thurston Peak. 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. The trail is wide and easy to navigate but the top section is very steep and the loose dirt is … Mount Cheam to Thurston Mountain Loop. If you look hard in the photo below (to the right) you can just see Marc disappearing into the trees. “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. 7/18/2020 “We hope it will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.”. Thurston Peak is the highest point in Morgan and Davis Counties so it gets a fair amount of … Turn left on Main and travel about 1.9 miles to the entrance on the right. They also raised cattle and pigs. From mountain biking to family rides, there are plenty of trails to explore in the region. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Therefore we proceeded with the full loop to the Adams Cabin trail. Deeply rutted jeep trail. I’m glad I can check this one off. As has been mentioned, finding the South leg was a bit difficult. 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. You can see all the way to Tooelle and south SLC and Morgan Valley and even into Huntsville. 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. There’s one point where you pretty much have to use all fours to scramble over a divide between drainages. Elva died in 2010 at age 105.Lloyd, born in 1912, was Frederick J.’s youngest child. Hit my sliders once on a wash out on the backside but otherwise good to go. “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. I would have gave this peak 5 stars had it not been so miserable. I decided to do this route based on the elevation gain and wanting to cross Thurston Peak off my list. City of Lacey 2. 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. I wouldn’t have dared attempt coming back down that scramble without a rope. A couple of notes on the springs as you ascend the northern leg of the loop: His early life was spent in Pennsylvania and his teen years in Indiana. Dogs are also able to use this trail. From I-5, take the I-105/Highway 126 exit towards Springfield. Drove in a 93 Land Cruiser with 2.5” lift and 33” tires. All in all I’m glad we did it. 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. Whether that’s hiking or biking, you won’t want to miss the chance to view the Pacific Northwest in our natural state. Along the way are views the entire time and a bonus peak half way there if you decide to stop early. It should be noted that the terrain is very technical past Elk mountain--this section does not support biking traffic but HIKING traffic for … Elk Mountain Trail to Thurston Mountain is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. One hour after Elk Mountain, we reached Mount Thurston. 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. Great (if a bit hazy) mountain views all around. “Next thing you know, he moves just a little,” said Hugh Gray. If the family had let nature take its course, the trees might have become overcrowded. Thurston Mountain Off Road trail in Bridal Falls, British Columbia (Canada). 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. Many different scrambling routes you could take up to the ridgeline if you're looking for a more adventurous experience. Hugh and Connie followed suit by selling their property to Willamalane to be made into the Thurston Hills Natural Area. The trail is easy to follow but over grown so wear pants. These memories, and many others, contributed to Hugh and Connie deciding to sell the property to Willamalane rather than to housing developers. 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. Thurston is a decent, refreshing hike. Trail Maps The Willamalane district is home to several top-notch trail systems. He and his family members are buried at Mount Vernon Pioneer Cemetery. That house is now known as the Heritage House.The Grays were considered a successful family. Most of it is just climbing steadily and sometimes directly up. We started at the waypoint marked PARK, then rode up the Mt. Mercer, which is the highest peak along the ridge. Good thing we had AllTrails! Thurston Hills and the Gray Family Legacy, Current Construction and Planning Projects, Download a high-resolution pdf of this map. 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’s body was laid in front of the grieving family. 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. Mountain trail is an exciting equine sport that has its roots close to Thurston County – it was started by Mark and Lee Bolender in Silver Creek, Washington. The first 3 miles or so are snow-free but once you hit about 3.5, you hit plenty of snow. “Our time at that hunting cabin yielded a lot of venison and good camping trips,” Hugh said. You need to hike up two extra bumps to reach it. Thinking that Frederick was mortally wounded, the neighbor journeyed to the sheriff to report that he had killed Frederick in a fair fight. The second is colloquially known as Cold Springs and you can’t miss it as it’s dead in the middle of the path with a white PVC pipe coming out of the mountain. The trail steepens and swtichbacks as it nears the top of Rock Candy Mountain, ultimately reaching a forest road known as Army Road. Thurston Hills Natural Area Trails View a … Thurston Regional Planning Council The Elk Mountain lookout pmrovides an endless view that is hard to beat. The trails will be re-opened when soil moisture has decreased and the trail surface hardens. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. The trail as listed here also says to start on a street that says “no public access”. 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. In the process, you reach a good Fraser Valley observation point. The path was a little less maintained in this section, so you need to push aside tree-branches and bushes to make it through! Hence the review saying that the decent to Adams is hard to find. City of Tumwater 4. Long before it was a natural area enjoyed by community hikers and mountain bikers, the Thurston Hills area was a pioneer homestead. The south/Adams leg of the trail is nowhere near as good as the north leg. Great view and well worth the scramble to get to the top. Follow the rock cairns. Reading the other ratings I’ve realized that this trail is all about your perspective. Let me start with how you get there and then I’ll end with my own thoughts. App says 12.1 miles but my phone picked up ~18 miles due to the snow conditions altering the route. The second and third springs are the places to get water. 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. … One last thing, we think, based on my wife’s Garmin that this hike is probably closer to 13 miles. Take lots of water and go early to avoid heat. It is a tight turn with no turn lane, so exercise caution. Mountain View from Mt. There is so much scrub that your shins will be torn up unless you wear pants or some type of gaiters. It was relatively unknown prior to being officially named in the early 1990's, and before county highpoint climbing became popular. The Thurston County Bicycle Map is produced and maintained by Thurston Regional Planning Council with support from the following partners: 1. 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. If you have a dog with you, take a collapsible bowl and an extra water bottle. In a hundred years, they said, they hope the natural area will remain intact and enjoyed by Springfielders and visitors alike. This peak doesn’t get much attention because of its lofty neighbors in northern … You may start here or there is another entry point at Fernwood that joins with the Great Western Trail. I’ve seen people start there but “technically” you should start at Fernwood and join up with the GWT. 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. Long story short, ascend and descend via Great Western, don’t bother with the other “trail”. The hike itself begins with a steady incline up the mountain through a beautifully forested area. He married Flossie May Gray and together had three children: Glenda, Hugh, and Connie. It's a medium-difficulty trail, popular with the … In what follows, they recount stories of their family’s history on this land.The PatriarchFrederick Lutanner Gray was the pioneer who originally settled the Thurston Hills. From Elk Mountain, the trail carries along the Elk-Thurston Ridge. Wish to have a better trail mark for the new hikers. The real summit for Mount Thurston was an extra kilometer away. To the southwest Vedder Mountain, and Cultus Lake beckon. Dorris Ranch: Gary Walker Trail System View a high resolution version here. The main trailhead entrance is located off Main Street and 75th Street in Springfield. Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. City of Olympia 3. Would not recommend the descent to Adams Canyon unless you're willing to bushwack for a while. Views are spectacular but I would wait another month or two. They learned that Native Americans had lived in the Thurston Hills when Frederick L. settled there. 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. Thurston Here to There 8. The deed was signed by none other than Abraham Lincoln. They grew grain on the property’s flat ground that was fertilized by intermittent flooding. The first of the springs is a small, muddy marsh and a mosquito haven. The ridge reaches a false summit with an incredible view into the Chilliwack River Valley. Lots of loose scrabble on steep descents. 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. Thurston BC Canada - Hike in Chilliwack Area. Copy and paste this code into your website. The most common approach is those that drive up Francis Peak. What should have taken 6-7 hours took 9 1/2 at a good pace trekking through the snow with poles. When the siblings were young, they discovered artifacts like arrowheads all around the Thurston Hills property. The start point of this hike is on a street marked with no public access. Wear a hat. by pto | Jan 13, 2019 | Uncategorized | 0 comments. Gain a new perspective when you hit the trails in the region. 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. This area opened to the public in 2017, providing a growing trail system for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers. But if you want a “day hike” go from Francis Peak. Thurston Peak is the highest peak in Davis and Morgan counties. Frederick L. was born in 1831 to Alexander and Lydia Gray. Along the ridge line to Elk Mt. Mount Thurston is a worthy hike that extends from the popular Elk Mountain Lookout. Though there is little scenery to enjoy, recent logging activity has provided a view of the Black Hills to the south. In 1849, when Frederick L. was 18, the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in California sparked a gold rush. I also logged 13ish miles rather than 12.1 according to Garmin. The effort is totally worth it once you get up near the ridgeline as the views really open up. Thurston FSR. 28. If you have the time and energy after visiting Elk Mountain, Thurston is a nice hike and much less frequented than the Elk Lookout. Thurston BC Canada. Elk Mountain is a popular hike in Chilliwack. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. Thurston Hills. If you have the time and energy after visiting Elk Mountain, Thurston is a nice hike … It was an accomplishment. Thurston Hills Natural Area provides 665 acres of land dedicated to recreation and habitat restoration in east Springfield. However, I believe we could have very carefully gotten water from that pipe without filtering. Take a machete. I enjoyed the ascent quite a bit, beautiful fall colors and scenic views once you get up a few thousand feet. 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. AllTrails downloaded map is the only way it was possible for me navigate it. The main focus of the Trinity Alps Wilderness is to the north and centered on Thompson Peak . “We got to walk past all the places that were important to us, all the landings,” said Hugh Gray. 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. 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. We started at Fernwood. 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. “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. 13.5+ miles. 29. Stay on the highway until the junction with Main Street in the Thurston area. 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. The family’s first house burned down in the early 1860s. This is the highest point on this loop. View maps, videos, photos, and reviews of Thurston Hills Natural Area bike trail in Springfield. Their father built them a little hunting cabin furnished with old, discarded furniture and a nice little cookstove. End of Trail to Mt. Rising 6,620 feet above Hood Canal, Mount Washington is a difficult hike and climb that only experienced hikers should attempt. I think it took me just as long to get back down the mountain as it did to get up. 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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. 3-4 stars. Almost no one does the loop. 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. The trail is more difficult to follow after you leave the Great Western Trail and head the last bit up to the peak. 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 lot of climbs and few flats. “Our pioneer great-grandfather started all this, and we’ve hung on to the land for all these years,” Connie Jaqua said. BOTH had pvc pipes when we were there and were easy to see and to access. Hugh and Connie recounted a story from the late 1880s of a property dispute. This gets you up onto the long ridge line that runs East towards Thurston. There are 3 springs along the Fernwood/GWT approach. Environmental responsibility was a strong family value that was passed to Glenda, Hugh, and Connie.The three siblings grew up playing on the land. 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. Thurston Peak is a nice Wasatch Mountains hike with a trail nearly to the summit. It’s still challenging and a good distance but it’s more well defined and will have better views the majority of the way. 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. A Disciples Of Dirt volunteer works on the Thurston Hills Mountain Bike Trail Photo By Colin Houck. Freddy was murdered in the woods at the age of 42, leaving behind his wife Elsie and their daughter Darlene Larson.Elva, born in 1905, was a secretary for a lawyer. The Elk-Thurston Trail takes hikers 4 km, uphill to an incredible viewpoint overlooking the Fraser Valley. The new Thurston Hills Natural Area features a beautiful forested hike located in Springfield, Oregon. Once back on the trail it was so overgrown that I couldn’t really move at a fast pace. Elva and her niece Darlene were close, and Elva transferred ownership of her property to Darlene at age 98. It’s a steep grade both up and down with lots of SHORT switchbacks. How about this one. 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. 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. “There’s a lot of treasure there if you can find it,” said Hugh Gray. Jeep Track, Exploration Trail, Deactivated FSR. 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. Please note that we do not allow E-Bikes at Thurston Hills Natural Area. 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