It is always fun to work on restoring the old clay pit mine on Cougar Mountain with King County Parks. It was muddy of course, but less dramatically so now that the hydroseed has stabilized the clay somewhat. The gloppy clay was the perfect place for a bear to seemingly leave a clear print for us to find though! Have a look below.
The wet lowlands are a great place to drive live-stakes (fresh sticks) into the ground. A few native plants will grow roots when driven down into the soil–cottonwood and willow are ones we planted, osier dogwood is also one that will root.
Click on the 'clay pit mine' tag at the bottom of the post or at the right to read more about the fascinating history of this site, which created the bricks for Red Square at the UW. There is also an impressive beaver dam on the (closed) road you can take on foot to hike into the overlook of the site, where there is also signage.