I was in my bivvy sack on the summit of Noble Knob reading by headlamp when I saw something descending upon me from the corner of my eye. I looked up into the night sky and saw a large owl swooping down at me. I raised my arms and the owl veered away. It flew around the summit a couple times, then came at me again, and again. I had a big grin on my face as I kept my arms between me and the owl. It was so cool, I'd never seen an owl hunting at night. After a few minutes it flew off towards a meadowed valley.
Later that night I woke to the sound of fat raindrops hitting my bivvy sack. I blearily peered at the sky, when I went to sleep it was clear, now there were black clouds above me and lightening flashing in the distance. I went back to sleep.
At 4:30 AM I woke and noticed two stars on the eastern horizon. They were swollen and orange, like a harvest moon. They were the only stars visible in the sky, peeking under the cloud cover that didn't quite stretch all the way to the eastern horizon.
2008/08/16 to 2008/08/17
approx. 505 feet
17 hours 39 minutes
2 hours 12 minutes driving there from Lower Queen Anne to Noble Knob trail head
1 hour 52 minutes ascending from Noble Knob trail head to Summit of Noble Knob
1 hour 8 minutes descending from Summit of Noble Knob to Summit of Mutton Mountain
32 minutes descending from Summit of Mutton Mountain to Noble Knob trail head
Sign on Forest Road 7174
Start of Noble Knob trail
North side of Mutton Mountain
South side of Noble Knob
NE ridge of Noble Knob
Obligatory Mount Rainier picture
Noble Knob from Mutton Mountain
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.