Missing Activity Template - Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

: Wilderness Navigation

Missing Activity Template - Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

Students who successfully complete the Navigation seminar will take part in an all-day field trip in which they will demonstrate their competency in map, compass and navigation principles.

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

We will meet at 8 AM on Saturday, 20 February 2016 at the Gold Creek trailhead at 1398 Gold Creek Road West, Bremerton WA.  Or, if you prefer: 47.55N 122.83W.  Discovery Pass required for parking.  Carpooling encouraged.

Students who successfully complete 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 to earn your Navigation certification. For the field session, you will be travelling occasionally 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 down 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.


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. 

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, plenty of water, and ziplock bags of at least 1 gallon size to protect maps and other handouts.  An appropriate USGS topo map will be provided for students to use in the field exercises.   Even when it is not raining or snowing, the brush you'll be travelling through is often wet, so do not wear cotton clothing and be sure to bring your raingear.   The field session usually ends mid-afternoon.  Everyone will stay until we return to the parking lot as a group.

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