Navigation Field Trip: Green Mountain — Gold Creek Trail

Field trip: Wilderness Navigation

Navigation Field Trip: Green Mountain — Gold Creek Trail - Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

The field trip is a one-day outing where you will practice and demonstrate your competency in map, compass and navigation principles, complete a "leap frog" navigation exercise in pairs, and a solo navigation exercise.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,600 ft

Gold Creek Trailhead for Green and Gold Mountains in Kitsap County at 0800.

Students who successfully complete eLearning or the classroom session will participate in the field trip, which involves a number of activities that will test your knowledge of map, compass, and navigation principles in real world conditions. Successful completion of the field session is required in order to earn your Navigation certification. For the field session, you will be traveling steep, rough terrain on Gold Mountain, west of Bremerton.  Some areas feature logging slash covered by brush and blackberry vines and other areas have dense forest. Students will perform some navigation activities with partners.  The final exercise will involve solo travel following a bearing thru a densely forested and vegetated hillside until you intersect a trail,  which will allow the accuracy of your navigation to be measured from the correct intersection point.


students will earn:


Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Mountaineers-acceptable compass is mandatory.  (See Required Equipment in Navigation Seminar for specifics).  Each student must have his or her own Mountaineers-acceptable compass for the field trip as they cannot be shared during the field trip.   An altimeter is recommended, but is not required.  An altimeter suitable for many hiking and mountaineering activities is not expensive and should be an integral part of your navigation toolkit.

You'll also need appropriate clothing and footwear, including hiking boots, sturdy rain gear, extra warm garments, hat and gloves.  Bring your Ten Essentials, lunch and extra food, minimum of 1 liter  of water, and ziplock bags of at least 1 gallon size to protect maps and other handouts.  Bring your copy of the USGS Wildcat Lake topo map to use in the field exercises.   Even when it is not raining or snowing, the brush you'll be traveling through is usually wet, so do not wear cotton clothing and be sure to bring your rain gear.   The field session usually ends mid-afternoon, but the ending time can vary and everyone will stay until the last student returns to the parking lot.

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