The trails that start from the Five Brooks trailhead are generally more rugged, steep and equestrian friendly. Some users prefer to avoid this trail system for that reason. Greenpicker is considered one of the nicer trails here and does not suffer from the heavy horse traffic.
From the junction with Stewart
trail, follow Greenpicker uphill on a moderate incline as it switchbacks up a hillside, ducking in and out of valleys. The forest here is dense with huge fir trees covered with lichen. Gain the ridge and climb several more steep sections before getting a more level reprieve at Greenpicker's high point.
Just as Greenpicker starts to head downhill, look for Greenpicker Connector Upper
if you want to access the Stewart
Trail and Firtop. (Firtop summit lives up to its name, there are no sweeping views, as it is covered with a beautiful fir forest and some very old trees with huge trunks.)
To reach the end of Greenpicker, descend steeply at first down into a canyon before more moderate grades take over. Soon you'll encounter Greenpicker Connector Lower
which provides access to Stewart
again as well as the Ridge
trail. Finish off Greenpicker on mostly level ground to its terminus at the intersection with Glen Camp Loop
. From here it is easy to reach the Coast Trail - North
and other favorite trails. Note: bikes are not allowed on this trail.
A major rehabilitation project in 2009 revamped Greenpicker to address severe erosion and poor alignment problems that caused 4 foot deep trenches in places on this former logging road. Now the trail follows the natural topography better and has improved drainage.
Bay laurels, fir, ferns, huckleberry. Deer, banana slugs. Possibly aggressive yellow jackets.