But, surprise, surprise, the trail got steeper fast. Fortunately, there were benches placed strategically along the trail. Here is Mr. D observing the view to the southwest from one of them:
As you can see, the vistas were beautiful. Here is the view to the south, looking across the islands to the Olympic Mountains in the far distance.
At Ship Peak (931 feet) there was a beautiful, but different view, across farm fields to Mount Constitution, on the east side of the island.
There was also evidence of Orcas Island's geologic past, this incredibly old stone alongside the trail.
We meandered our way down the mountain, back to the trailhead. Just up the road from the trailhead we came upon a scene that convinced us that spring, in addition to the hiking season, is finally here.
Happy Spring, everybody!