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.
I tagged both summits on this one. As I was wading through young trees, I suddenly heard a nearby growl. I froze. I started walking again and once again I heard a growl, very close. I froze and yelled "Hey bear". I slowly started to move again and it was only then that I realized it was my stomach complaining about no lunch! I laughed the rest of the way back to the truck.
Did this with Dean and Bob. A little brush, a little steep but no real issues. Easy P2000. Wish I hadn't used up all of the ones that were this easy.
The first time was with Bob Bolton and Eric Noel. We were able to drive to near the start for the NW peak and went up through the brush to its summit and then traversed over to the SW summit, which was a bit higher. I left a pink ribbon in lieu of a register at the SW summit area and I doubt it is still there.
The second time was on 8-17-08 & I "guided" Dennis Poulin as it was not too far off the beaten track from a hike of Stone Mtn the day before. We also did Larch Mtn after doing Rock Peak.
... except for two things. First, a 20' long section of road near Point 2103 had deep snow and my car could not pass through it. If I had been able to drive through that section, I would have been able to drive much further (even in snowy sections). This caused an eight-mile roundtrip trek, and probably added 1-2 hours to my road-hiking that I otherwise would have avoided that day. Second, the final slopes of the southwest summit hill and my descent down the north ridge slopes each had small wet snowslides nearby due to lack of snow consolidation. Fortunately, I carefully probed my off-road routes and trusted my instincts. If I had less experience and/or did not use extra caution in those areas, I might have been sent flying downhill from a snowslide.