The Mason Transit bus schedules, to make your way up to near Bremerton, where a little tight - and the buses they use for those back road routes were the smaller “van style” buses. I have to be honest that I was a little nervous about successfully linking the three routes together that I needed and making it to the origins of each route in time enough to claim my spot on each bike rack. The routes where limited in that the only one that got me near Bremerton arrived there around noon, and the last one that would get me back to Olympia left the Bremerton ferry terminal at 4pm. Would I make it? could I pull this one off? what would happen to me if I was stranded in the middle of nowhere without cell service?
These “what ifs” turned out to be exactly the thrill, and is what made this particular Massive Transit Experience quite the adventure. Upon further research I realized that if worse came to worse, I could instead take the ferry over to Seattle and either stay with a friend or try to get a late express bus to Tacoma to catch the last bus back to Olympia @8:50pm.
The weather was in the upper 80’s and my ride started with a big sweaty climb. A layer came off and my black helmet got strapped to my pack as I headed into the great logging wild lands of the Green Diamond Resource Company, just south of Green Mountain. Lots and lots of clear cuts made Green Mountain come into view fairly quickly, which re-assured me that the 4-hour window would be doable. NE Bear Creek Dewatto Rd to Gold Creek Rd to the Gold Creek Trailhead.
Too bad I was actually going UP this gnarliness.
To the vista.
The top of Green Mountain is a little over 1,600 feet. Over to the west, the Olympics seemed like you could reach out to them
It was 2:15, just about the time that I had planned on hitting the descent in order to give my time window a little bit of a buffer zone. A Mojo Bar and a few pictures later I was prepping for one of the sweetest descents on local DNR land. The Wildcat Trail is just shy of a 5 mile descent on bermed ATV track. Of those five miles, just roughly one of them includes flat sections or ups, but the rest is all butter. I was thankful for those few peddley spots,
as I was able to get a few more pic’s of that days perfect weather views
3 words described the descent: loose, dusty, fast. 4th word: berms - just bermed enough on the corners to not have to put your outside peddle down, but just loose enough that it was a good safety check too do so. This trail does not lack thrill or fastness, it seemed like it kept going and going, right up to the point that I had a proper smile on my face, as I skidded my way out a third of the way across the exiting trail head parking lot.
There is nothing like the joy of getting back on pavement on the last leg of your journey, once you have experienced the proper thrill factor of a good descent. Basically your mind is clear and the sweet feeling of success definitely trumps your earlier day’s anx. The shoulder was wide on Seabeck Hwy and was mostly a descent along the route all of the way to Bremerton. The sun was shining at just the right temperature and the smile on my face was shining infinitum. Thank you Massive Transit Trip #2!
And 12 guidelines I came up with after traveling through Mason County by transit:
then, when asked about why you were taking pictures of everyone at the bus stop - by the guy with the hunting knife - make sure you assert yourself as a mtn biking magazine editor who is on a massive transit mission.
massive transit series - part 1 can be found here: