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Ascent of Norway Hill on 2020-02-03

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Monday, February 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Norway Hill
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:484 ft / 147 m

Ascent Trip Report

To make Norway Hill more worth your while, I'd suggest parking at Bothell's largest park, Blyth Park. and start hiking up Blyth Park Trail, unsigned, by the children's play area. The beginning of the trail is also part of the Howling Coyote Disc Golf Course, but quickly leaves it, switch-backing up the slope. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/washington/blyth-park-trail shows it ending at the Tolt Pipeline Trail. However, zoom out and you'll see a trail continuing south in woods to 105 Ave, NE. A side trail does go there, but the main trail continues south in the woods all the way to Eastside Foursquare Church's parking lot. That's just north of NE 145th Street. Then head back to the Tolt Pipeline Trail where a trail zig zags quickly up to the top of Norway Hill with a bench for enjoying the views on the highest point. For variety, I went straight down the steep fall line trail back to Blyth Park. A local resident out walking his Vizsla said that's six miles round trip, but I think it was less.

The start may be a bit muddy in the winter, so one may want to continue straight to the Tolt Pipeline Trail before heading uphill. The trail that continues south from the Tolt Pipeline Trail was pleasantly dry. Along this section of the trail, one passes a nice memorial to Liz Breysse who was killed in a car accident.

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