Saturday, May 15, 2010
Youth on Age Trail - 04/25/10
The Youth On Age trail is located in Snohomish County along the Mountain Loop Highway between Granite Falls and the Big Four Ice Caves.
In essence, this is a very short nature hike that wanders from the MLH to the Snohomish River and back via a nice short loop. "Short" means it is a mile. Or less.
Along the way there are a number of wooden signs provided to aid in identification of certain species or forest characteristics.
While interesting, many signs lack any additional information which would be useful for knowing a little more about what specific item is being described.
For example: Youth On Age may very well be a trail name, it is also the name of a kind of plant. When the sign just says "Youth On Age" you're kind of left hanging there... wondering if it is a plant and if so, which plant is it?
Signs were noted for the following plants or characteristics:
Big Leaf Maple
Youth On Age
The loop wanders down by the river and just beyond the parking lot is a side trail that provides direct access to the beach.
A recent log jam / deadfall was noted. It appears these all fell across the river while also wiping out a small section of the trail. The trail must have been rerouted already - but I'm not sure when those tree fell.
Although not marked, underneath a huge nurse log fungus was hiding this unique figure. It appeared to be some kind of cross shaped charm, outfitted with decorations so that it resembled a figure instead of just a pile or arranged duff. Look carefully... can you see it?
Could it be a legendary Stick Indian?
The trail is nice, albeit short. The tread is wide and may even be wheelchair compatible. In most places.
Gold Basin Mill Pond