So there we were, standing in the parking lot looking at the complete cloud coverage. Should we go for Lynn Peak and risk disappointment at having a non-view if the clouds did not lift as the weather forecast predicted? We ultimately decided that we needed the excercise so off we went. Read on for how that decision turned out.
Lynn Peak is a mid-elevation peak on the leading edge of the ridge between the Lynn and the Seymour valleys. It drops off sharply into the two valleys, with the trail climbing steeply up the leading edge of the rising ridge.
As we ascended up the ridge, it wasn’t too long before we entered the clouds and a beautiful scene of coastal forest in fog.
Bunchberry, Amabilis fir seedling, and black huckleberry.
The peak itself is forested with no viewpoint, but nearby are two view points, one looking west, and the other looking south-southeast. It was no surprise when we reached the viewpoints that they were completely obscured by clouds.
We took some time to eat at the south viewpoint and to wonder if positive thinking would lead to a clearing of the clouds. There were hints that it might clear off, with some blue peaking through directly overhead. Still, the clouds hung around.
I did take some photographs of the vegetation including this blueberry bush with heavy water droplets.
After an hour of waiting, we thought the weather was possibly clearing to the west so we hiked the 5 minutes to the westward facing view point. Along the way I spotted another fog in the forest composition I liked.
When we arrived at the west viewpoint, the clouds lifted just long enough to capture Goat Mountain and Crown (behind) just above the narrow band of cloud and the Hanes Valley hiking route just below (the green meadow). Within 10 minutes the clouds rolled back in.
So we decided for optimism and hiked back to the south viewpoint to see if the clouds had lifted. You can imagine our surprise and joy at seeing a clear if somewhat hazy view!
We hung around for a while enjoying the sun and the view. This peak is one I have seen for many years from growing up on the Northshore and from hiking in the Seymour Valley. It was great to enjoy the view of areas I have spent considerable time in.
On the way out, we stopped at the west viewpoint and had a slightly clearer view of the mountains and the Hanes Valley hiking route.
Foamflower and Deer fern growing alongside the trail.
Interspersed in the forest were boulders and this one in particular struck me with split and the forest behind.
Along the lower portion of the trail I noticed how the top branches of a younger western-hemlock were glowing in the sun.
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