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Port Angeles, Washington
November 8, 2001
Silver Falls/Grove of the Patriarchs – Start at Ohanapecosh Visitor Center. Hike is 3 miles round trip to Silver Falls, a small but pretty falls on the Ohanapecosh River. Hike is about 5 miles round trip if you continue past Silver Falls to the Grove of the Patriarchs. I highly recommend seeing the Grove. Basically, it is an island in the middle of the Ohanapecosh River. About 400 years ago there was a big wildfire that came through the area, and burned everything except the island. Therefore, the trees on the island are as much as 1,000 years old. They are HUGE and amazing. Also, the Ohanapecosh area is considered a sort of rain forest. Watch the trail for banana slugs and licorice slugs.
Shriner Peak – 8 miles round trip, 3400 feet elevation gain. This hike starts in the woods, and then opens into meadow as you get to an old burn area. Because most of the hike is in the open, it is very hot at times but also has great views! You can see Mount Rainier when it isn’t too cloudy and also it has a 360 degree view of the surrounding Cascade range. At the top there is an old fire lookout tower. You cannot go into the tower, but it is nice to sit on the walkway. Bring lots of water as there is no water source. In the fall there are tons of huckleberries to feast on, but make sure to share if you see a bear on Shriner Peak (which I have).
Crystal Lakes/Crystal Peak – 6 miles round trip to Crystal Lakes, 2300 feet elevation gain. Hike ends at Upper Crystal Lake which is in a bowl surrounded by peaks, Crystal Peak being one of them. Add an additional 5 miles to the hike if you want to summit Crystal Peak. The trail to Crystal Peak is not maintained by the park, so expect to have to go over and under fallen trees.
Naches Loop – This is a 3.5 mile loop around Naches Peak which includes part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Park at Tipsoo Lake, near Chinook Pass and hike from there. Hike clockwise to get the best views of Mount Rainier. Also, to make the hike longer you can drop down to Dewey Lakes (on Forest Service land), but I’m not sure of the distance.
From journal Mount Rainier National Park for FREE
Grand Prairie, Texas
June 29, 2001
It is a short drive from Seattle/Tacoma to the mountain, but one can spend many hours there hiking through the woods, looking at waterfalls, and admiring the scenery.
There is an overpriced cafeteria available or you can bring a picnic lunch.
On the drive there, you pass through many small towns that are cute that I would love to go back and explore.
It does not cost you anything to go there so it is a nice cheap way to entertain a family for a day.
From journal Weekend in Seattle
Marina del Rey, California
April 29, 2001
I parked the car at the intersection of 410 and another road, and decided to hike the closed highway, since I lacked my boots. This was a good decision. The scenery is beautiful up here, even on a gray and snowy day (not to mention, COLD). There is total and complete silence here - no cars, no cell phones, nothing. I hiked about three miles and the snow was deeper and deeper on the road. Some guy on a bicycle rode past me on the way back down. There were comforting signs indicating avalanche warnings.
The hike up and back took about three hours. There are many trails in this beautiful park, and I plan on going back to hike them properly. It is difficult to see the big mountain itself, due to the fog, but I did see it, in its 14,000 foot glory.
From journal Seattle Area - Sun, Snow, Salmon,and Suds