March 31, 1996
Washburne Loop is a good hike, even if it ends up being windy and wet.
The walk began at the Washburne Campground and followed China Creek to the “End of Trail”
We came back to the meadow and followed the Valley Trail to Hwy. 101, crossed over and picked up
the Hobbit Trail (old native American trail) to the beach.
So far so good, ’til after our lunch stop, and then the wind and rain pushed us up the beach
to China Creek (outlet to Ponsler Park).
Finally, wet and wetter we returned on the trail under the concrete Hwy. 101 bridge to the campground
and our dry cars.
Note: The wooden bridge over China Creek has moved about 20 feet, but innovative people have
fashioned a substitute way over.
The 17 hikers were a terrific group including Wendy Clarke, Greg Cleary, Corinne Hunt, Rita Johnson,
Will Johnston, Helen Liguori, Gary Marx, Mary Millman, Ralph Olive, Sig Otto, Helmut Plant,
Dave Predeek, Doug Quirk, Dick & Lucy Rayle, Janice Sonnenfeld and. leader Mary Ellen West.