The Kaleberg Journal - June 2019


06/11 - Hurricane Hill - Up Close

We were so excited to be getting back to Hurricane Hill, that we took a lot of pictures, so many that we need a double post. This post has the close ups.

The setting

Golden marmot

A seasonal pond frequented by bears, but not today

Early stage corn lily

Pasque flower

Spot the chipmunk

Chipmunk posing

Phlox and some more drama

Avalanche lilies

Lupines

Wallflower

Yarrow

More lupines

More avalanche lilies

More phlox

A rock garden

Lupines up close, with beads of water

Keywords: hurricane hill, flowers


06/10 - Hurricane Hill - Wide Angle

We made another trip up to Hurricane Hill. We're trying to make the most of the few days that the trail will be open this season. Right now, the trail will only be open 6/22-23, 7/4, 7/21, 8/2-4, 9/1-2, 9/13-15, 9/27-29 and 10/11-14. That's only 19 days, and that's it for the year.

It was a sunny day, but there were dramatic clouds coming in from the east. That meant spectacular views, but also spectacular cloud-scapes. The flowers were in serious bloom with phlox, western wallflower, pasque flowers, glacier lilies, avalanche lilies, paintbrush and even some early lupines. The corn lilies were just green shoots, but we'll probably miss them this year.


The setting

Some cloud drama

Phlox on the fields

A bit of snow and cloud

Another view

Clouds from the south and east

The seasonal lake below the summit, just forming

The sidespur

Dramatic light and flowers

Mountains near and far

Even more drama

A study in green

Another study in green

Keywords: hurricane hill


06/09 - Around the College

Where is all this greenery? What little stream is that? It's Ennis Creek behind the college. There's only one college out here on the North Olympic Peninsula, so that makes it obvious. If you start at the south east corner of the college, there's a little trail down to Ennis Creek. There's a sort of improvised foot bridge down there and a trail up the bank leading east. We aren't very good at improvised foot bridges, but it was tempting.

Wild greenery

A real retreat from school

A bit of the foot bridge

More trail

Yet more trail

Keywords: port angeles


06/08 - Lake Angeles - Exploring the Stream

We've been climbing the Lake Angeles Trail for years, but even now there are new nooks and crannies we find to explore. We had been climbing for more than a decade before we realized how to get to the campground next to the foot bridge over the stream at around 700 feet above the trailhead. This time, we explored a bit upriver from the that little foot bridge. It was a bit of a scramble, and we didn't get very far, but it offered new views of the stream.

The stream under the foot bridge

The foot bridge over the stream

Cascades upstream

More flowing water

The going gets rougher for us and the stream

Smooth water

Looking back at the footbridge, maybe 50 feet downstream

Pacific dogwood

More dogwood

Transition, dogwood with a late trillium

A green scene

A mysterious little bird

A curious mushroom

Keywords: lake angeles


06/06 - To The Elwha Dam Overlook

We've been taking the scenic detour and making our way farther and farther along Olympic Hot Springs Road. We finally made it all the way to the dam overlook. It was a long walk, especially with the detour, but it was a cool sunny day and easy going.

Olympic Hot Springs Road and green forest

Maple pods, bright red in the sun

Maple pods in the shade

One of the many, many roses that scented the trail

A peek at a peak

The waterfall into the Elwha

Another view of that waterfall, worth stopping for

The dam site

The Elwha upstream, formerly Lake Mills

A view downstream

Another view upstream

Green forest and bright sunlight

Another study in contrast

The Elwha River from the Altair Bridge

Foxglove

A duck to look up

A butterfly in the sun

Keywords: elwha, spring


06/04 - The Last Trilliums

We've been building up our climbing by working our way up the Lake Angeles Trail. So far, we've managed to get up about 1150 feet out of about 2380, less than halfway. The trilliums along this part of the trail are passing. They've turned from white to pink or they already have seed pods. Meanwhile, the Pacific dogwood is coming out, and its petals have been turning from green to white. Progress climbing has been slow, but the trail has its rewards however far we climb.

Across the little creek about 700' above the parking lot

One of the many trilliums now turning pink

A white trillium

This may be the trillium vale

Another trillium, for luck

Tiarella

Second growth forest and sunlight

Pacific dogwood

And another cluster

Keywords: lake angeles, trillium


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05/28 - Little River Trail

The last time we wandered along the Little River Trail, the trail was lined with trilliums. They were all over the place. This time, the trilliums were passing, but the false Solomon's seal, tiarella, Pacific dog wood and others were taking up the slack.

We pushed past our last stopping point and made our way to a log bridge over the river. We crossed and continued for perhaps a few hundred feet. There was another log bridge heading back over the river. We aren't sure what this is about. There also seems to be a trail that doesn't cross the river twice, so one day we'll try it.


The trail through the forest

The Little RIver

Trilliums senescent

Mahonia

A last white trillium

One of the log bridges

False Solomon's seal with a wonderful scent

The Little River again

Where we stopped to refresh our feet

Devil's claw

Another very green bit of the trail

An older trillium and others

Pacific dogwood

A fern wall

Woodruff - It probably escaped from someone's garden, but it smells good.

Tiarella

More Pacific dogwood

Indian pipes

A bit more of the trail

Keywords: little river, trillium


05/27 - Dungeness Dike Roses

The Dungeness Dike Trail off Towne Road is another hike that changes dramatically from winter to summer. The grasses grow taller, the bushes and trees leaf out and block the views of the river. The brush by the trailside grows higher and encroaches on parts of the trail. This time there were a few red poppies and bushes full of fragrant wild roses.

A red poppy

Spanish moss

The trail by the pasture

Another bit of trail

And another bit

Roses

More roses

A bit of the river

The trail home

Keywords: dungeness dike trail


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