This report covers two visits my hiking buddy Marin and I made to Little Round Top a few days apart, the first on March 23, the second today. Both days were sunny with variable clouds, and with cool, but very pleasant, hiking temperatures.
In both cases we began by following the loop described in the Hike Description, but in the counterclockwise direction, and including the side trip to the viewpoint on Trail 206.
Trail numbers cited here are as shown on the map Principal Trails of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, Whistle Lake Area, available as a pdf download from
and as a paper copy at local bookstores and other businesses, or from City Hall and the Visitor’s Information Center in Anacortes.
Trails were moist, with occasional muddy spots, but were relatively clear of debris. (Trail crews have done a great job!) The blowdown on Trail 303 that was there a few weeks ago is still there, but can be ducked under.
The mosses have greened up nicely, although they seemed slightly greener on Mar 23 than today, so perhaps they have reached their prime color wise. A few more colorful fungi are out.
A number of wildflowers are out, and more will be coming soon. Some Indian plum shrubs have had blooms out for over a month now. We saw our first trillium of the season here today, just a bud at this point. Plus a few blossoms of salmon berry along Trail 300.
The yellow hoods of skunk cabbage are out in low swampy areas along Trail 305. And we saw red currant near the intersection of Trails 305 and 306.
We noted many corms down on the ground today, out of the trees and no longer dispersing pollen. That's a welcome development for folks who, like me, experience some allergies to wind-dispersed tree pollen.
Large wild critters did not appear for us either day, and we saw only a few small birds.
There were a few other hikers out on the trails both days, some who pulled up masks. Hoof prints and occasional horse dung showed that riders use some of these trails, but we did not encounter them either day.