Duwamish Adventure Begins

To finish my Green River Trail journey, I went back to the Cecil Moses Memorial Park.  This was the place I started from and went south along the trail.  This time I went North to where I had heard there was an end or is it a beginning of the Green River Trail?

My route was more off trail in that I wanted to follow the river.  Then I would circle around on the formal trail.  Here is what I saw and found.

First I walked behind the US Postal Service Center.  That means I walked along the river bank between chain link fence and blackberries.  I walked quickly by a homeless encampment that was erected inside the brambles. Gladly on the other side of the fence a trucker was walking and we chatted for a few minutes. Having folks see me on the other side of the fence and with mace in hand I moved along.

To my surprise as I moved a little deeper into the brush and trees I found a set of stairs going into a canyon type area.  Did I go there?  Of course I did.

Stairs in the forest
Stairs in the forest

Once I was in the area I call “the moat” I climbed over small branches and debris.  It was fairly easy-going and at one point I got up on the river side bank and looked at the river through the brambles.  For all you worried about the homeless, I never encountered anyone.  Here are a few photos looking back at the stairs and moving to the north.

I finally got to the end of the moat area and climbed out.  There was a bunny there but he ran away faster than my camera skills.  Then I saw the transition

Out of the rabbit hole moat
Out of the rabbit hole moat

Right over a small mound and the brambles was a lawn and groomed trail.  I was now at the southern end of Boeing’s Oxbow parking lot and behind the Oxbow Recreation Center.

As I walked along the river I took photos of the east bank of the river.  It was low tide and it had exposed old pilings, pavement pushed in, drainage pipes of various size, trees and stumps.

Not only do I have the river in pictures but also the bridges and parking lot area.

Oxbow Bridge
Oxbow Bridge
trail goes under Oxbow bridge
trail goes under Oxbow bridge
Underneath Oxbow Bridge
Underneath Oxbow Bridge
Turquoise pipes in storage
Turquoise pipes in storage
Storage area in the Oxbow Parking Lot
Storage area in the Oxbow Parking Lot

The adventure not only found bridges and man’s abuse of the river but also some birds.  I encountered blue herons, a kingfisher, ducks and crows.  Check out the herons and my crow friends next to Hwy 599.  The fence has been ran into by someone here and you can see how far the car came onto the Green River Trail.

Green River Trail between trucks
Green River Trail between trucks & accident site

Then there was the most incrediable boat.  Not sure who it belongs to but it is one sleek baby.  See the city profile behind it.  The Duwamish has so many surprises.

Spectacular Boat and Seattle on Duwamish
Spectacular Boat and Seattle on Duwamish

This view of the boat was from a surprise staircase I found.  That is right, if you walk around and poke into things you find mystery staircases.  That was two of them on this trip.  Wow.

Hidden stairs to marsh
Hidden stairs to marsh

There was a small amount of solid ground when I got to the river bank.  To my right was a forest of grass and the tide had gone out.  I daintily walked around in there and at one point sunk my right boot into the muck.  It looked like black oil on it.  David would be proud of me that I took my boots off in the car and drove home in my stockings.

At last I made it to the beginning of the Green River Trail.  Some might call it the end and it is pretty abrupt. Next journey will be down the perimeter road of Hwy 599 into Southpark. I am now on the Duwamish.  See how much of the river bank I can follow.

Green River Trail ends here (or begins)
Green River Trail ends here (or begins)
Green River Trail - first or last sign
Green River Trail – first or last sign

 

To see more of my Duwamish Adventure I have a directory post that links all of the pieces together.  You can find that post here – My Duwamish Adventure Directory

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