Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The volunteers have been working hard on the trails all summer and it shows. Trails are firm. No soft squishy mud yet, with the exception of the very bottom of the slip & slide, directly over the culvert at post 16, and the little walkway over the gully between 15 & 14 (the walkway that used to be where the bridge is now), which is very slick.
If You walk between posts 16 and 15, you may be able to see the very last of the bleeding hearts, only a plant or two, but a sweetly nostalgic remnant of Summer.
Do be watchful of a Y-shaped fallen tree that juts out over the trail about two feet at an awkward angle. The Y of the branches pokes out horizontally, about four and a half feet above the trail.
The steps at the bridge have been a little loose. They are not getting noticeably looser, but do use some caution.

The summer is over and we have leaf-carpeted trails all to ourselves. Get out htre and walk the trails before they get muddy. It's a wonderful time to walk the Hansville Greenway!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Trail Work

Just a quick note on trail conditions. Trails are muddy in all the usual places. There are particularly soggy patches on that stretch, west-side of Buck Lake (between Marker 12 and the bend north of marker 3) and the trails south of Lower Hawks Pond.

There will be a chainsaw crew removing downed trees between markers 6 and 9, tomorrow, Sunday, March 20, beginning at 10:00 am. It will be a good morning to detour around the northern half of the Trillium Loop for those heading to Lowers Hawks Pond from Buck Lake or visa versa.
Check out the map link on the right of this page.

The sun is shining! What a beautiful day for a walk in the woods.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's been beautiful and clear, but oh so windy. There are branches and trees down, as one migh expect. While most are small and easy to step over, there is a large tree completely blocking the trail 100 paces south of trail post 6 on the way to post 9.

A volunteer crew will be out to clear it...probably Saturday, but for the time being, those walking from Buck Lake Park or points north, to Lower Hawks pond will want to take a right turn at post 6, follow the Trillium Loop past post 7 and pick up the Lower Hawks trail at post 10.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

It's been quite a while since my last post.

It's winter in the Greenway and the trail conditions reflect the season. The forest along the the old railroad grade, now known as the Great Hall, and the South Forest Loop, now called the Trillium Loop is very pleasant underfoot. The soupy trails are west of Buck Lake and several spots in the southern trail network between Shorewoods and Chatham.

Through the season, trees have come down, but the volunteers are so responsive, that the problems are solved before I post the news.
No news is good news.

And with that I'll say, simply, it's the perfect time of Year to get out on the trails and enjoy an hour or two alone with your thoughts.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

There will be a crew of volunteers spreading gravel on the Alder wetland trail, at the north end, the morning of Saturday, June 12th. The Gravel work will begin at 9:30am and will continue until the work is finished.

Friday, April 9, 2010















There is a dangerous tree near marker #4. A groups of volunteers are meeting to address it at 11am, Saturday.
The break is about 30ft above the ground and could fall unpredictably.

Also reported is an 8" alder across the Quiet Place trail.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Our volunteers have been doing a wonderful job of clearing and grooming the trails, through these windy storms and the trails are reported to be very good shape.
Because today was a very blustery day, don't be surprised if there is a bit of debris on the trails, in the morning. Keep in mind while walking among the alders, that the wind is predicted to pick up a bit Saturday afternoon.
The rain may result in some muddy areas, mostly in the southern portion, but this year has been a fairly dry year and the trails generally nice and firm.

Easter is here and the trillium are in bloom. Be sure to take a walk around the Trillium loop (the South Forest Loop) to see them in profusion.
Other bloomers reported this week are Bleeding hearts-between markers 13 and 16, False lily of the valley-on the South Forest loop, and Skunk cabbage-at lower Hawks pond.
Also of note spring fungi are making appearances.

Be sure to take advantage of the sun-breaks to enjoy the sights, song and smells of Spring on the Hansville Greenway.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Since it's such a gorgeous weekend, here's a quick trail update.
The trails are looking really good. The debris from Tuesday's wind storm has been cleaned up by volunteers. While there is a few muddy spots, the trail is in the driest condition, we've seen in years. Salmonberry, Flowering current, red elderberry and Indian plum are all blooming. The trillium is beginning to come on.

Spring has sprung, so get out there and enjoy our gem, the Hansville Greenway!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

General Description: Herb Robert is both a winter and a spring annual. It is a low growing plant.

Leaves:
* deeply dissected
* light green in color
* in late fall, foliage turns red. Also turn red with sufficient light.
* when crushed has a pungent odor

Flowers:
* pink
* five petals

Stems:
* fork
* brittle at the joints


Photo: www.kingcounty.gov

Herb Robert is a Class B invasive weed and poses a tremendous threat to forest understories and to plant biodiversity in forests of western Washington.
Because it was garden plant there have likely been numerous independent introductions.
This tough little plant adapts and thrives in a variety of exposures, moisture levels and soils (even germinating in rock crevices). It can be found it just about everywhere, from urban environments to undisturbed wilderness areas.
Because it is so adaptive, it out-competes native flora until it carpets the forest floor.

Propagated by seed, the plant is able to eject its seed as far as 15 to 20 feet. The seeds also have sticky threads, that help them catch a ride on leaves, animals and even passing ants and snails.
Germination is quick and the rosettes overwinter, flowering in late Spring and to late Summer.

Pulling the plant before bloom is the best weed control strategy. It has little root structure and can be pulled easily, but because the stems are brittle, the plant must be grasped at the base.
The removed plants must be bagged as they are pulled, to contain seed and the possibility of continued fruiting.
Pulling the plant also improves the "seedbed" for remaining dormant Herb Robert seeds and therefore the site must be revisited and monitored.

This geranium can look like the delicate and highly desirable native bleeding heart! Please do not pull weeds until the identification is absolute.

There is a scheduled Herb Robert clinic and work party to remove Herb Robert, from the Hansville Greenway, on Sunday March 7 starting at 11/am.
The group will be meeting at the southernmost place on NE Spruce drive (closest to post 15) and will work between posts 14-16.
Cover your arms and hands for good protection from nettles and bring a plastic bag to contain weeds.
Since this area contains both Herb Robert and Bleeding heart, this outing will be a great hands-on educational opportunity as well as an invaluable service to the health and vitality our own Greenway.

If you would like to participate, please contact Jo Roberts (litlfut@comcast.net) for details and directions.

Sources:
http://www.nwcb.wa.gov/weed_info/Written_findings/Geranium_robertianum.html
http://sanjuan.wsu.edu/noxious/documents/final-control-pdfs/Herb-robert.pdf
http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animalsAndPlants/noxious-weeds/weed-news/Dec_07.aspx#WeedoftheMonth

Saturday, February 27, 2010

It's been a generally dry winter. There are mucky areas, but they seem to be mostly at the southern reaches of the Greenway.

The area west of Buck Lake, which tends to by pretty mucky, is in good winter shape. There are muddy stretches, but the wide, west-side trail is not only passable, but in better shape then we've seen in years.

South end mud highlights include a very large puddle in the pothole on the trail between Hood Canal Drive and Marker 16. The trail section over the stream between Markers 16 and 15 is reported to be pretty mucky and slippery. And the swampy area between Hansville Road and Lower Hawk's pond, reported last year, is still swampy.

We'll have sun-breaks today and a sunny day is predicted for tomorrow. Everything seems to be coming alive with spring green sparks. It's going to be a glorious weekend for a walk in the Hansville Greenway!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's such a beautiful weekend! The weather is clear and crisp. The leaves carpet the frost-crunchy, morning ground and a few are still fluttering down from the canopy.
This transition from Autumn and Winter is so inviting, a walk on the Hansville Greenway should not be missed.

There may be a tree down here and there, but no obstacles to foot traffic have been reported.

There are soggy areas. The west side, behind Buck Lake is getting pretty mushy and will require boots and determination.
Muddy spots have been reported, between Hood Canal Dr. and marker post #16, between mp #15 and #16, and between mp #14 and #16.

The new Hawk's Hole Creek bridge is in, but the approaches, to the bridge, are not, so that portion of trail is not yet open.

Birds seen and heard:
Towhees
Buffleheads on Buck Lake
Raven
Crow
Stellars Jay
Bald Eagle
Northern Flicker
Red Tail Hawk
Wren
Woodpecker
Dark-eyed Junco

Other sightings
Deer
Coyote
Douglas Squirrel
Frogs

Thursday, November 19, 2009

We've had a stormy week and there are reports of downed trees on the trails. None of these are large enough to block the trail and volunteers are out clearing them.
Work continues on Hawk's Hole Bridge.
The trail is a bit mucky on the west side of Buck Lake, but the trails, under the evergreen canopy, are a pleasure underfoot.
The mushrooms are still fruiting as Autumn continues and to celebrate them here's a couple documents listing the taxa found in the Pacific Northwest.
I'll also add these to the links list, at the right of the page.

http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr476.pdf
http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/publications/pnw_gtr572/

For any myco-geeks reading, here is partial list of species reported here in the north end.

Agaricus praeclaresquammosus
Amanita muscaria var. formosa (Fly Agaric)
Amanita ocreata (Destroying Angel)
Boletus chrysenteron
Bondarzewia montana
Cantherellus formosus (Chanterelle)
Cantherellus subalbidus (White Chanterelle)
Chlorophyllum olivieri (Shaggy Parasol)
Chroogomphus tomentosus (Scaly Chanterelle)
Clavulina cristata (Crested Coral)
Clitocybe dealbata (Sweat Producing Clitocybe)
Fomitopsis pinicola (Red Belted Conk)
Ganoderma applanatum (Artists Conk)
Geastrum saccatum (Earth Star)
Gomphidius oregonensis
Gomphus floccosus (Wooly Pine Spike)
Lactarius rubrilacteus (Red Bleeding Milkcap)
Leccinum manzanitae
Lepiota clypeolaria (Shaggy Stalked Parasol)
Lepiota rubrotincta (Red Tinged Lepiota)
Lycoperdium perlatum (Gem Studded Puffball)
Naemotoloma fasciciulare (Sulfur Tuft)
Paxillus atrotomentosus (Velvet Footed Pax)
Phaeolus schweinitzii (Dyers Polypore)
Pholiota terrestris (Ground Pholiota)
Polyporus elegans
Ramaria formosa
Russula albonigra (Blackening Russula)
Russula brevipes
Russula emetica (Emetic Russula)
Russula rosacea (Rosy Russula)
Russula xeramplina (Shrimp Russula)
Suillus granulatus
Suillus tomentosus (Poor Man's Slippery Jack)
Xylaria hypoxylon

Friday, November 6, 2009

I haven't heard of any trail impediments except for the on going work on Hawk's Hole Bridge.
I'm sure the rain has soften up the stretch of trail west of Buck Lake, but I haven't heard any reports of squishy-mud, yet.
We've had a couple windy, rainy days this week and may have a breezy weekend. Alders can be unpredictable in windy conditions so it's a good idea to keep an eye on them while enjoying a gusty Autumn day in the woods.

And as a reminder, it's pretty hard to keep our heads up, when scanning the ground for dog poop. For your convenience, mutt mitt dispensers are located at Alder wetlands trail, Cora, Buck Lake Park and Ponderosa.
Nothing ruins a walk in the woods faster than stepping in a stinky pile, so have a heart, pick up after your pet.

It going to be a great weekend for a walk in the Hansville Greenway!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hawk's Hole Creek Crossing - Bridge Work in Progress


As reported by Ken:
Here are some photos of progress on the bridge. Footing forms are in. Now we're ready for inspection and then wait for some dry weather so we can get the concrete poured.

The trail is closed between signpost 14 and 17. Please stay out of the immediate area unless you're working on it. You can get a good view of theprogress from the northern rim of the ravine.








Sunday, October 18, 2009



Two alders are reported to be down, over the trail, 75 paces East of post #6.
The larger is about 16" in diameter. They are easily negotiable for walkers.