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Hiked Apr 11, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Trees down across trail,
    Muddy or wet trail,
    Mud/Rock slide or washout.

Road

Road rough but passable

Bugs

No bugs

Snow

Snow free

We arrived at the Cyrus Gates Trailhead around 10:30 this morning and there were a couple of parking spots left. Cleator Road is open and passable but rough in some spots, especially near the end at the parking area. A privy is available and you need a Discover Pass to park there. 

Our outbound route today was the full Chuckanut Ridge Trail-Upper, Middle, and Lower sections. The trail is a little difficult to pick up from the parking area but I found it by following bike tracks in the dirt. The trail is flat and easy to follow in some places but there are also many places with steep inclines or declines (depending on which direction you are heading from) that have exposed rocks and/or roots and care should be taken in these areas. As the name indicates, the trail follows the ridge of Chuckanut Mountain, very close to the edge of the mountain in some spots and offers peek-a-boo viewpoints (mainly to the east) along the way. In my opinion, the best viewpoints are on the Lower section of the trail, where there are several large rocks on the edge of the trail that offer great views to the east and north. I didn't notice any particular issues on this trail other than several potential "widowmaker" trees hanging over the trail and no signage until we arrived at the Lower Ridge Trail segment. 

For our inbound route, we chose the North Lost Lake Trail and Rock Trails to return to the parking area. There are several muddy spots on the North Lost Lake Trail and one area where a couple of fallen trees have created a small waterfall and creek over the trail. There are also several "widowmaker" trees hanging over the North Lost Lake Trail. Other than these issues, the trail is clear, well signed, and easy to follow. I also did not observe any issues with the Rock Trail, although it is worth noting that the distance of the Rock Trail (1.2 miles to Cyrus Gates) is different from the distance noted on the official Chuckanut Mountain Trail map (.4 miles) so if you save the Rock Trail for the end of your hike, be prepared for the additional distance and elevation. 

We arrived back at our car around 4:45 after hiking roughly 7.6 miles on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. 

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