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06/15 - Lake Angeles Trail

The Lake Angeles Trail is great for a workout. It's only a ten minute drive from town, so it's often our fallback for exercise when we don't have a lot of time. On our last trip we got to experience the season with trilliums both ready to open and already with pods having bloomed some time ago. The Pacific dogwood was like this too, with both slightly green early flowers as well as white ones in full bloom.

The bridge on the Lake Angeles Trail

White water

Water under the bridge

Early Pacific dogwood

Pacific dogwood in full bloom

An early trillium

A late season trillium

More water

And even more water

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06/10 - Barnes Creek and Marymere Falls

The Barnes Creek trail is a little gem starting on the south side of Lake Crescent. The forest is much wilder than one might expect for a place so accessible. We made a quick side trip to Marymere Falls which was running full spate. Then we headed up Barnes Creek a bit. Most people just do the loop to the falls, but the trail along the creek has its rewards. We had some good views of the creek, and we got to see our favorite little waterfall before heading back.

Wild forest

More wild forest

Marymere Falls

Another view of Marymere Falls

Pacific dogwood in bloom

Barnes Creek

Our favorite little waterfall

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06/09 - Elwha Trail Update

We were on the Elwha Trail again. The trilliums are almost gone, but the sedums are out as are the butterflies.

The first crossing

One of the butterflies

One of the sedums

The trail

And more of the trail

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06/01 - Hoh Rain Forest - Part 1

It's a fairly long ride out to the Hoh Rain Forest, nearly two hours from Port Angeles, but we figured we should get out to the West End as often as we can before the road repairs on 101 along Lake Crescent make it an even longer journey. We hadn't been out to the Hoh in a while, so we had nearly forgotten just how beautiful it is. Even the Upper Hoh Road is beautiful, and it gets even more beautiful as one approaches the visitor center.

We took the main Hoh River Trail. It's a gentle walk with just a slight incline that eventually takes one up to the Blue Glacier. The predominant color is green. This is lush rain forest. The trees are adorned with ferns and vines, and the forest floor is covered with mosses and ground cover. It is easy to lose perspective and not realize just how big some of the trees are. So many of them are giants.

Most of the trail is inland, but it follows the river for a while. It's worth heading up the trail, if only for a half hour or so to get a good close look at the river. It is that milky blue of glacial meltwater. Then the trail heads inland again and passes over a pretty waterfall. It's just a side stream feeding the Hoh, but it cascades down the valley wall.


One of the elk visible from the road to the visitor center

The green forest floor

Some of the trail

One of the big trees

Twisty trees

A bit of the Hoh River

Another look at the river and the mountains upstream

A bit of the waterfall and rapids

More of that side stream

The waterfall up above

And the waterfall below

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