Monday, December 22, 2008

With a foot of snow on the ground and the possibility of a white Christmas, the woods are stunningly peaceful and beautiful.  The trails are in pretty good shape so get out there and enjoy our winter wonderland before the rains come.

bird sightings include:
Varied Thrush
calls of Jay and Raven.

Since snow is the theme, I thought this might be fun.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The trails are in pretty good shape and the fallen tree, on the way to Lower Hawk's pond, is cleared along with some other "blow-down" farther to the south.
Today will be a partly cloudy day, with no precipitation. There is still snow on the ground to crunch under your feet. It's chilly and crisp, hovering around 30f.
It'll be a great day for a walk in the woods and a scenic beginning to the holiday vacation.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A few inches of snow did stick. It was thick enough to be pretty and thin enough to make for a pleasant walk.

One tree is down over the trail between Marker 13 and the view platform at lower Hawk's Pond, but the trail is negotiable.
The temperatures will remain low for the next few days, so the steeper parts of trail will remain a bit slick.
The Trail west of the lake, between Markers 12 and 3 is slushy, but actually improved by the snow.

Another snow storm is expected for Wednesday and Thursday.
Get out and enjoy our winter-wonderland!

Friday, December 12, 2008

This weekend will be a cold, rainy/snowy one, so expect the trail to be a bit soggy. The mudiest areas are west of Buck Lake between sign-post 12 and sign post 3 and possibly in the area of hawk's Hole Creek.
The driest walks will be in the welcome wood and main forest areas, between Otter meadow and Lower Hawks Pond and is best accessed from Buck Lake Park.

The flora is generally going dormant for the winter, leaving the active community of mushrooms to do their vital work.

Wildlife in evidence includes:
The tracks of a single bear seen on the logging road at the far Southern end.

Birds seen include:
Dark-eyed Junco
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Buffle head
Bald eagle
Canada Geese, flying through

If the snow sticks, the woods will be pure visual magic!
Dress warm, break out the boots and enjoy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

This weekend should be partly sunny and in the low to mid 50's. It's going to be a pretty autumnal weekend to hike the Greenway.
Some fallen trees at the south end, have been cleared and most of the trails are in good shape.

There is a very soggy area west of Buck Lake, which begins a little north of marker 12 and extends about 100 yards, ending at the bend before marker 3. The mud on this portion of trail gets to be 3-4 inches deep over the winter and is pretty slippery already. The slippery area also extends up the trail to Sterling Highlands.
Another slippery area is where the trail crosses Hawk's Hole near trail marker #16, near the south end.
Trail map

With the storm season upon us, it's important to remember that trees sometimes fall. Alders have a particular reputation for unpredictable behavior in the wind, and big leaf maples occasionally lose large limbs.
So be safe and pay attention to what's over your head, as you walk the trails.

Speaking of looking up, there have been reports of dog feces on the trails. No one likes to step in dog-doo and it's a shame to have to continually scan the ground for gooey hazards.
There are mutt-mitt dispensers at The Cora trail-head and at the Buck Lake trail entrance. If you have a suggestion for more dispenser locations, drop me a comment, here.
Come on folks, have a heart!
scoop that poop!

Friday, October 17, 2008

It's going to be a lovely Autumn weekend for walking the Greenway. The rain promises to wait until Monday and the temperatures will be in the mid 50's (13c).

The trails are in good shape for this weekend, moist but not soggy. The trail west of Lower Hawk's pond enjoyed the attention of 2 crews of volunteers and the result is wonderful.
The trail through Chatam, in the Southeast section, was reported to have several fallen trees.

There are still ripe blackberries on many of the trails.

There has been a report of aggressive yellow jackets at Lower Hawk's pond.
The temperature should be making them less active, but be cautious.

Fauna reported this week:
Downy woodpecker
Bald eagle
Red tail hawk
Stellers jay
Spotted towhee
Canadian geese
Red breasted sap sucker
Darkeyed junco

Scat evidence of deer, coyote and black bear

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sid Knutson Puget Sound to Hood Canal Dedication

The trails are in great shape. It's summer in the Northwest and even the muddy bits are nice and firm. It just couldn't be any better for tomorrow's dedication and Hood Canal to Puget Sound Walk.

Friday, August 8, 2008

About the Hansville Greenway

What and where is the Hansville Greenway

The Hansville Greenway was conceived as a four-mile corridor of protected forest, wetlands, lake, beaver ponds and streams – linking the beaches of Hood Canal to Puget Sound. The Intent of the Greenway is to maintain and enhance habitat for the plants and animals historically native to the Buck Lake area while providing compatible educational and recreational opportunities. The Greenway has grown into a property of more than 300 acres plus additional trail easements. With this expansion the trail system will soon form a loop of roughly 8 miles.

The Hansville Greenway is located northeast of Seattle, in the semi-rural community of greater Hansville, at the north tip of the Kitsap peninsula, in Washington State. The predominant features of the area are the extensive waterfront beaches of Hood Canal, Puget Sound and Admiralty Inlet, broad vistas of the Cascade & Olympic Mountains and Whidbey Island, open fields with active agriculture, expansive forest lands, wetlands, beaver ponds, Buck Lake County Park, Point No Point County Park, Point No Point Lighthouse and the new Norwegian Point Park, which is still under construction.

Natural History

Much of Kitsap County has been shaped by glaciers, which covered the Puget Sound area numerous times over thousands of years. A large mass of the glacial ice became buried by sediments, slowly melting, thus forming Buck Lake. The lake is approximately 24 feet deep and covers an area of 20+ acres. The two beaver ponds south of Buck Lake also have as their bottom strata similar sedimentary materials, keeping their waters from draining downward.

Most of the soils around Buck Lake and the two beaver ponds are surface sediments left by glaciation from the Pleistocene Period. During the last major glaciation, the ice on the Kitsap Peninsula was 900 to 1200 meters thick.

Buck Lake’s water is water shed run-off and groundwater seepage. It’s drainage system is located at its north east end, which then flows north to Admiralty Inlet. The north beaver pond (Upper Hawks Pond), an elongated pond, has approximately 17 acres of water. The water level in this pond is kept stable by a beaver dam at its southern end.

The south beaver pond's 30 acres has a more rounded shape and is generally more open than its northern counterpart. Water seeping through the north beaver pond dam helps feed the south beaver pond. A beaver dam at the southwest edge of the south pond maintains steady water level. Water seeping through this south pond dam eventually meets Hawk’s Hole Creek, which flows westerly and drains into Hood Canal.

Cultural History

Thousands of years ago native Americans lived on and harvested their living from these and surrounding lands. The native Americans of this particular area, the S'Klallams, are historically linked to the Salish speaking people who lived from the Central British Columbia coast to northwest Oregon and the interior Fraser and Columbia River basins. The Salish speaking people were well established in the Puget Sound Basin by 1400 A. D. The Port Gamble S'Klallam reservation is located south of the Hansville Greenway at Little Boston.

Over the years these native peoples have gathered berries, bulbs, roots, herbal and medicinal plants, hunted on these acres as well as fished and gathered shelled organisms from the nearby waters of Hood Canal, Admiralty Inlet, and Puget Sound.
The community of Hansville was founded in the late 1800's as a logging and fishing town. In the early 1900's Hansville began to gain a reputation as a summer resort where fishing was excellent. During this period Buck Lake also became a favorite place to visit.

Besides water recreation activities fine fishing was found there too. Deer were abundant
and often seen drinking at the lake. An unusual phenomenon observed at Buck Lake caused residents of long ago to suspect there was underground gas or hydraulic pressure in the lake's waters. They observed, at different times, water in the lake being forced up in a column as high as the tallest trees and with a great roaring sound.

The first recorded settler at Buck Lake was John Frederick’s who had a farm overlooking the lake.

In 1922, the Puget Mill Company of Port Gamble logged forestlands surrounding and including the Hansville Greenway. The mill laid an extensive system of rail so log trains could haul the newly cut wood to Gamble Bay south of present Little Boston. The logs were dumped into bay waters and then floated north to Port Gamble for milling.

As you walk in this greenway area some of the trails you walk or see are old railroad grades from early logging operations of that era. The most current logging done in the Hansville Greenway was the clear cutting operation on Pope and Talbot land around the south beaver pond in 1980.

Located in The Forest are several ancient western red cedar stumps with springboard plank notches. Springboards were used by loggers in historic logging operations to obtain a straight log while cutting a log above the stump. They obtained the nickname “springboard” planks because of the bouncing or “springing” action of the planks when a tandem handsaw was being used for cutting.

For further information, decriptions, suggested hikes, maps and flora and fauna lists, visit
The Hansville Greenway website

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