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A little walk further south on the coast brought us to Old Man Cove, and the location of a pretty waterfall. We took a break here to walk up to and examine the falls, then started back to the trail. We also tried to get around the coast a bit to the location of the sea cave, but the tide was not low enough.
Packs at Old Man Cove
Old Man Cove
Overhanging Basalt
Climbing back up the steps to the trail, we started uphill, away from the coast. It is a fairly easy climb of about 900 feet, all of it on extremely good-quality trail; again, there was no blowdown, no mud, and no roughness. There were even sections where someone had carefully created 'mountain-bike bypasses' around stepped sections of trail.
courtesy JInnes
Southern tentsites, Green Gardens
Old Man Cove from above
Old Man Cove from above
Community of Gulls
Beautiful clifftop trail
Perfect forest path
courtesy JInnes
Green Garden trail to the coast
Andrew hiking up GG Trail
Peridotite reappears
Hikers left, cyclists right
Hills and Ponds
Final view of the sea
We reached the highpoint and the completion of the loop portion of our backpack at around 11 a.m. We were back into the open, approaching the sterile barrens of the edge of the Tablelands. The early morning high cloud had mostly gone away, and now it was becoming another nice sunny morning. Off in the distance, we saw a long train of hikers approaching. As we made our way downhill towards the trailhead, they resolved into a large class of students, led by a few adults/teachers. I wondered where they were staying for the night: that spot would have none of the solitude that we had experienced the night before!
View from highpoint
Big school group
Trailhead in sight
A final scenic walk across the orange Tablelands rock brought us back to the trailhead. We could not have asked for better weather, nor a better assemblage of scenery. I don't know how scenic the Long Range Traverse is, since I haven't done it yet, but I have a hard time believing that the scenery is better than the scenery on the Green Gardens Loop! I highly recommend this outing - especially as a backpack.
Final look at barren terrain
431 and Tablelands
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Interactive Trackmap, Green Gardens Backpack - click map to view
Green Gardens Backpack Day 1 - Hike Data
Start Time: 10:33a.m.
End Time: 2:46p.m.
Duration: 4h13m
Distance: 8.59 km (5.34 mi)
Average Speed: 2.0 km/hr (1.3 mph)
Start Elevation: 727ft (222m) *
Max Elevation: 903ft (275m) *
Min Elevation: 23ft (7m) *
End Elevation: 86ft (26m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 979ft (298m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 1576ft (480m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Green Gardens Backpack Day 2 - Hike Data
Start Time: 6:41a.m.
End Time: 10:12a.m.
Duration: 3h30m
Distance: 8.0 km (4.97 mi)
Average Speed: 2.3 km/hr (1.4 mph)
Start Elevation: 101ft (31m) *
Max Elevation: 919ft (280m) *
Min Elevation: -10ft (-3m) *
End Elevation: 741ft (226m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1070ft (326m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 444ft (135m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
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