June 5 2016
This was another research mission to verify a trail for the next edition of the Olympic Mountains Trail Guide. My friend Paul from the Peninsula Wilderness Club joined me this time. The hike altogether was around 15 miles round trip and a lot of ups and downs on the ridge.
The old lookout site at Kloshe Nanitch had previously been torn down and a viewing platform had been put in its place. At the time we visited it, it was mostly just an empty platform with a single bench to sit on in the middle. Previous editions of the Trail Guide reference North Point, while newer editions talk about Kloshe Nanitch. Klosh Nanitch is where the former historical lookout site sits while North Point which sits a couple hundred feet higher in elevation is about a half a mile to the north-east on the same ridge.
After we visited Kloshe Nanitch, we decided to also visit North Point to see what was over there. Not much other than a radio tower and more good views. I'm still unclear as to whether or not North Point was also a lookout site or exactly what the story was with it. It is so close to Kloshe Nanitch that I doubt it was also a lookout but who knows. To get to it, you just follow the dirt road over to it, it's hard to miss. Along the way you'll see the side trail for Snider Ridge that connects to Jims Junction on the Mt Muller Trail
. The Snider Ridge trail was in great shape, however it looks as though it is seldom used. I'm not really sure why as it is a great extension to the Mt Muller trail system which is more heavily used. There were a few pecker poles that were down across the trail here and there in addition to lots of winter duff covering the trail. Tons of fallen branches too. Being June, most trails are already free of the winter duff as a testimony to their use, but the Snider Ridge trail looked like a ghost trail, if there were such a thing. It looked like no one had been on it in a long time, which is a shame because it's a nice wide trail on a ridge with good views..