|Choya on Moxham
|Hiking in a clearing, with the ravine to the right
|Choya approaching a
Large glacial erratic
|An early view from an opening in the forest
|Hiking across section of smooth rock
|The trail crosses the top of the rock
|Gore Mountain visible over a meadow
|View towards the summit
|Crane Mountain in the distance from
a clifftop vista
|Looking to the south towards
North Creek from the summit
|Choya at the main viewpoint on Moxham
|Puffer and Bullhead Mountains are the dominant peaks in
the distance, the white scar is the Barton Garnet Mine
At the summit, I hoped to enjoy the scenery and relax for a while. It was a relatively warm day and I wanted to let Choya get his fill of water and rehydrate myself. Unfortunately, the black flies found us within a few minutes. I'm not talking about a few pestering black flies. We were assaulted by a full on cloud. Choya had some protection with his fur, but they clung to me on any exposed skin. This surprised me since the open summit was pretty breezing at a steady 15-20 MPH with stronger gusts. When Choya drank his fill of water, we departed after maybe just five minutes at the summit.
|A good look at the cliff band along Moxham
|Looking west over the cliff bands
As I retreated back into the woods, the black flies stayed behind. They never bothered me as I hiked as long as I was under the forest canopy. I'm happy that they left me alone in the forest, but was also a little confused since the trees blocked the wind and the air was pretty still. Away from the black flies, the 2.5 mile return to the parking lot was peaceful.
|Choya ready to leave the black flies behind
Roundtrip, the hike to Moxham Mountain, travels about 5 miles. The elevation change is less than 1,000 feet from the trailhead to the summit. The terrain rolls a little bit and the total elevation gain totals closer to 1,400 feet of climbing all said and done. Along the trail, there are numerous points with views, not just on the summit. This makes Moxham quite a scenic hike. The distance and elevation gain are manageable for most hikers. I'm glad I finally hiked to Moxham Mountain. I wasn't disappointed.
|A good look at the ponds below Moxham