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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Foss Mountain Trail
While I had some bigger ideas for an afternoon hike, I ended up having to work late. No worries, since I decided to postpone until the next day. No worries, that was, until I checked the weather forecast after work - Friday went from 'mostly sunny' to 'mostly cloudly with a chance of showers.' Perhaps Barack Obama is doing the weather forecasting - I don't know how else to explain the sudden shifts all the time. Anyways, with the frustration of seeing two nice days of hiking potentially turn into zero, I hopped in my truck and headed to Page Hill for a short hike...and kept on driving to Foss Mountain for a sunset hike.
Arriving at the summer parking lot (a heck of a lot more convenient than the winter road walk!), I quickly set foot up (jogging a bit) the Foss Mountain Trail, stopping briefly to check out the kiosk at the trailhead - apparently the upper blueberry fields were open to picking! A trifecta - hike, sunset, and blueberries!
Just below the treeline, I was amazed to see a nice collection of wood lillies - orange and red - upwards of a dozen in a relatively small area. Nice!
Arriving at the bald north peak (the highpoint of Foss Mountain is wooded and trailess), I could see the horizon was already starting to get sunset colors. While points to the north were burried in some clouds, the views to the east, south, and west were clear and excellent.
I spent about twenty minutes alternating between photographing the sun setting into the clouds and picking ripe blueberries. I have decided that Foss Mountain is perhaps the best non-lakeside sunset destination around - a bare summit with far reaching views (sunsets should be visible year round, as there aren't any trees or neighboring mountains that could be in the way), reachable via a short (non-winter/mud season) hike.
The Foss Mountain Trail trailhead next to the seasonal portion of Foss Mountain Road
A wood lilly on the edge of one of the blueberry fields
Looking northwest from the Foss Mountain north peak
The sunset as seen from the north peak of Foss Mountain
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