Friday, September 23, 2011

A Little Climb, Please

IMG_1977You could tell we were hiking a steep ascent on our hike yesterday by watching Susan’s trail mix package puff out more and more as we gained elevation on the trail.  An estimated 3,500 feet climb.  Our trail of choice this week was Marmot Pass (Upper Quilcene trail) out of Quilcene, Washington.  And it was well worth the 1-1/2 drive from Sequim.

IMG_1982This trail had it all with old growth forest, a rushing river complete with waterfalls both from side creeks and spectacular ones on the main river and swirling mist circling the mountain peaks overhead.  Although we saw a few animals, it was the mushrooms and fungi that stole the show.  The growth in the picture is “chicken of the woods”.  Looks like it should be in a tropical sea with its brilliant color.

We did not get started early enough to make the full 10-mile trip, but the six miles we completed was perfectly fine.  Just the three gals this week (me, Susan, and Mary); Kathleen was not able to make it this week.

Did I mention the Olympic Peninsula has over a hundred day hikes?  Mike is hearing about all these great hikes and he is ready to take on a few.  Alrighty then.

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