First .6 miles are on trail, the rest on old forest roads. Tagged the western summit on our way up just for kicks.
Beautiful day and sparsely traveled -- only saw a couple mountain bikers on our way up and a young-ish couple heading up on our way down. (He was carrying an open 24-oz can of High Life he was drinking from; gotta admit, never seen that before.)
RT was 7.6 miles, be forewarned it is not the 4 miles indicated on WTA, but it is still an easy walk.
Stood on all of the knobs. Signed the summit log by the stump. Saw no threatening signs while I was there. I was surprised how scenic the clearcuts were.
Left Edmonds early in the morning and started with Boistfort, Capitol, Larch and Rock Candy, then drove over to Rock Peak 3320' which took 4 hours because of 5 feet of snow, then ended on the true summit of Gold Mountain before taking the ferry back to Edmonds.
Nice weather too!
A lovely northwest walk in the rain. :)
Take a bike. 15 minutes on the descent. Dense fog, pouring rain, high wind and snow in places obscured the "views". Directions are easy- park at the gate, ascend up and towards the left, at the second right (the first one dead ends shortly), ascend steeply uphill, left at the "T", from here stay on the main road, taking a sharp right at the multiple way intersection. Continue just beyond the first tower, at the "Y", take a right, follow the main road nearly to the end. Between the last two towers, see an obvious highpoint; gain this by following a short, sometimes obvious old trail.
Second try. First time I went to the wrong bump. The correct one is a rocky bump with no antennas. WA Cohp 6/39
I had spoken several times with the head of City of Bremerton's Water Resources Division, who said hiking and biking access was permitted along the summit road and at the summit only. He also said that hikers and mountain bikers regularly go to the summit along the route. He granted me permission, as well. However, he said that permission could not be provided in print. With the "closed" watershed and communications facilities immediately along the route, it must be too taboo to provide written permission. I was given the impression that the city does not want to officially advertise that access along the standard summit route is permitted, as the very low number of people attempting to reach the summit is still manageable and the city does not want to completely close public access unless it has to.
I took the first ferry over from Edmonds, pre-dawn, and did a hike to the summit shortly after sunrise. Rather than summiting neighboring Green Mountain, I opted to return home. Then, with no other plans for the weekend, I made an impromptu decision to leave on a weekend highpointing trip to get most of the Eastern Washington CoHPs with potential access issues out of the way: Douglas, Grant, Adams, Lincoln, Whitman, Franklin, Walla Walla... I already had information on all of them and permission granted by the Franklin CoHP landowner. Those CoHPs brought my WA CoHP total to 13, or exactly 1/3 of them all.
I did this during a time of low snow and in fact I would have used crampons on this 1700 foot behemoth if I'd known I should have been carrying them. Snow matted down by rain then with a dry refreeze on top made for some crusty icy death cookies conditions all on this short highpoint.
Hiked up the road after a DNR meeting in the area. Just weeks later I changed jobs at the DNR, giving me keys and responsibilites for the road...would have been much easier to drive.
A fellow cohp'er (Bill Jacobs) who lived on nearby Fox Island at the time treated me to the mountain as he made his third visit to the summit. I don't remember any watershed postings and we parked outside a gate. Round trip was 8 miles with 1200-1300' of elevation gain (according to my notes) We went to both the eastern and western towers as well as the highpoint.