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Turtle Gulch

Intermediate

Trail

0.4 mile 0.7 kilometer point to point
80% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 196' 60 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 2,306' 703 m
Low: 2,109' 643 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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Trail shared by Carol Christensen

This short side trail provides scenic views of the Saltese Flats.

Carol Christensen

Features Birding · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

Rocky trail with a number of exposed roots and steep drop-offs.

Description

Turtle Gulch Trail cuts through a ravine in the Saltese Uplands. In spring, this trail skirts a small stream that turns to a marshy area as the season gets drier. Less than half a mile, it is an uphill climb from the Uplands Loop, and a great way to gain some extra elevation and mileage in this area.

The cut-off to the trail isn't readily apparent, so watch for the small trail sign post along the Uplands Loop. The trail moves about halfway up the draw and terminates, randomly, at a small, scrubby tree.

A small, undeveloped singletrack winds up the hill beyond the tree, but that section of trail is not part of the approved trail system in this area. Please respect conservation efforts, and only remain on sanctioned trails. Several other non-sanctioned social trails connect with Turtle Gulch but should be avoided to reduce erosion and environmental impact on this area.

This is a nice trail to use in maximizing mileage within this area but the Uplands Loop and Summit Loop are by far the more engaging trails to be done in this area.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflower heaven in spring and early summer, scrubby plant life and tumbleweed, birds of prey

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A mecca of mosses and lichens.
Jan 29, 2016 near Liberty…, WA
Saltese Flats from Turtle Gulch
Feb 16, 2016 near Liberty…, WA
Turtle Gulch Trail terminus
Feb 16, 2016 near Liberty…, WA

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