Time: 1 hr 23 min
I hiked a loop this morning that gets up into some of the higher trails on the north side of Galbraith. I chose Wallace & Gromit trail as a turnaround point. I'll probably use a similar route to get into some of the other northside Galbraith trails - with names like Appendix, Gastric, Intestine, Esophagus, Cleavage, and no doubt other vital body parts.
A half mile on Tetanus brought us to Powerline, shown below, where we turn left and walk the short distance to the junction where SST branches off to the right. We reach SST in about 20 minutes from the trailhead.
more info on the checkpoints.)
Lots of spring colors and new growth in this part of the trail.
We reach the junction where SST meets Road 1240, and follow that to Road 1200. We reach Road 1200 at about 40 minutes from the trailhead - I'm pleased with that timing as we're getting close to W&G at this point.
Lots of logging activity going on these days in this part of Galbraith. An old debris pile, and a newly-harvested stack of logs lie near Road 1200. I can hear logging machinery working to the south of this area.
Just past the timber pile, I see a small trail veering back to the right. I'm not t sure if this is the right trail until - to my surprise - I see the sign below that some considerate person had nailed up.
Wallace & Gromit is a short trail, less than a quarter mile in length. It runs into Family Fun Center which is one of the four trails leading into and terminating at the northside kiosk.
Family Fun Center crosses a small creek with this charming bridge - a good place for photos. My wife and daughters sometimes rest here with me on our walks from our home which is two miles from the kiosk.
From the kiosk (recently labeled as "Checkpoint Kilo"), we take our familiar Ridge Trail route back towards the car.
Some shots of the overcast sky on the descent along Ridge Trail.
There's about 550 feet of elevation gain in this hike, with the climb peaking at the beginning of Wallace & Gromit. From there, it's all downhill back to the starting point.
With today's hike behind me, I feel more confident about achieving the goal of hiking all Galbraith trails. Being able to get to Wallace and Grommet in about 45 minutes makes it seem very doable to hit each of the trails on the northern side of Galbraith within two hours, one-way. We shall see!