Discovery Park


Day Hike - Discovery Park

This is an easy day hike on the loop trail of Discovery Park with the goal of identifying primarily mosses and lichens.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft

We will meet at The Discovery Park Learning Center parking lot at the east entrance at 9:00 am. Please be punctual.

Discovery Park has a surprisingly diverse flora of mosses, lichens and liverworts. Many interesting mosses can be discovered on trees, small rocks, and on the ground in the forest and also down at the beach. This is a good follow-up for those that attended the moss and lichen classes this past fall and this winter as well as for those would like to begin exploring the mosses of Seattle. Stewart Hougen will be along as co-leader to help us with lichens and mosses. Stewart has created a handy introductory study guide that he will make available to participants. It is highly recommended to print that guide out and place the pages in a small notebook, preferably as inserts in plastic pages. And don't forget your 15X or 20X loupe. Loupes can be purchased in Seattle at the U of W Bookstore. A reasonable expectation would be to learn 4-5 new mosses and lichens. Photographing them with a digital camera or even a phone allows one to review at home what one has seen in the field.

We will begin on the loop trail counter-clockwise through the forest, and if time and energy allows, some of us may go down to the North Beach to see a whole new array of mosses.

Recommended book, Pojar, Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Recommended website British Bryological Society Field Guide online.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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