This was a trip for die-hard hikers. From the trailhead at the State Park, to the top, we were always in a fog / mist / cloud. In a sense, it never really rained, but it always was wet. We planned to do a Sunset Ridge Maple Ridge Loop, but that seemed excessive given the weather. We went up Sunset Ridge, and most of the group went to the summit in spite of the howling wind and moisture.
The group then voted to cut the loop short and go down Laura Cowles – which was quite exciting since the rocks were very wet. Everyone was careful, however, and we all got down unscathed. The total trip took 5 hours on the trail.
Participants – Jenny Lynch, Peter Cottrell, Ed Blackwell, Phil Howard, Karen Vick, Matt Galloway, and Rich Larsen