Hikes & Exploration #5

Hikes & Exploration #5


Sesqualitchew Creek Trail
Dupont, Wa

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This last week we ventured to the Sesqualitchew Creek Trail. A short hike located in the heart of Dupont, Washington. This three mile round trip hike was just what we were looking for and the surprisingly warm and sunny October weather was perfect for it.

When we first got to where my GPS told us we were supposed to be, I thought we were in the wrong place for sure. Where it lead me was to a parking lot with a police and fire station and city hall. But after scanning the immediate area, I saw the little sign post tucked away showing the start of our adventure. So we parked and headed forward.

October Colors

Mushrooms

Mini Mushrooms

When we came upon this stone on our path, Thom commented that it looked like one of the trolls from the movie Frozen. It was the only stone of this larger size on the whole path and it was so round. We had a good laugh as we continued on in our adventure.
When we came upon this stone on our path, Thom commented that it looked like one of the trolls from the movie Frozen. It was the only stone of this larger size on the whole path and it was so round. We had a good laugh as we continued on in our adventure.

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As you can see, this trail is rich in different varieties of mushrooms! I’ve always loved mushrooms; finding them in nature, photographing them, and eating them. Yum. And this trail was wonderful for it. There were so many different shapes and sizes from some as big as my hand to those as tiny as a sewing pin. I found one log absolutely covered with dozens of little mushrooms and large mushrooms! I’ll have to pick up a field guide on mycology and mushrooms at some point so I can learn more about the different types.

Much of this trail is in the shade of the forest. For a short ways at the start, you can still see the city streets and apartments that are along the outside of the trail, and much of the path is paved. But soon you delve deep into the wooded areas and that all seems to disappear. We didn’t see many people on the trail except a couple of joggers and the occasional biker, all passing quickly by with a smile and a nod before returning us back to the peaceful quiet of the trees and critters around us. It was so tranquil on the trail. You’d never know it was in the middle of the city.

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After almost a mile and a half, we suddenly heard the sound of a train. Loud and just echoing among the trees. Thom thought we were getting back into the city and asked me if I wanted to start heading back the other way, back into the quiet. But I knew what was at the end of this trail and I wanted to get there, so we pressed forward. Very quickly, the sounds of the trail vanished as if they were never there in the first place, like a ghost trail. It was very eerie. Not long after, we came across the dual tunnels that separated the cool dark forest from the warm sunny beach. The tunnels themselves were covered with all sorts of graffiti ranging from the truly artistic to the mere tagging.

The beach was absolutely stunning. The deep blue of the Puget Sound and the islands and mountains ahead were gorgeous. The beautiful clear blue sky and the warm sun beating down on us from above. And the quiet that continued to surround us, broken only by the occasional train passing by behind us. There was no one else on the beach the entire time we were there. Thom wished he’d brought a little picnic. It would have been perfect.

We spent a short while at the beach, enjoying the sun and each other’s company in the peaceful quiet of the waves. It was the perfect little getaway and exactly what we were looking for.

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For more information about the trail and directions on how to get there, you can check out the Washington Trails Association page for the Sesqualitchew Creek Trail. Stay tuned for our next adventure!

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