Hey folks. I’ve been saving up plenty of pics and info to share. I’ll try to catch up.
Today I enjoyed a hike in Olympic National Park with a couple of folks from a local hiking group. The day started out blue-bird blue. Some fluffy clouds came in later. Temp was around 75 but a cool breeze kept it comfy.
The Grand Ridge Trail leaves from the end of Obstruction Point Rd., an 8 mile dirt road that carries one away from the bustling Hurricane Ridge Rd. I’ve shown you this place before. Starting at 6,000′ it’s one of the highest maintained trails in the park. It was pretty mellow, only 600′ elevation gain in 2.5 miles. One can walk it through to the Deer Park entrance to the park. We did an out and back of 5 miles.
The trail skirts along Elk Mountain (to the left, out of the picture) Badger Valley is below:
I noticed a pattern of rocky rivulets down the hillsides. Where the terrain flattens, the rocks are distributed evenly.
Three weeks ago I hiked on Hurricane Ridge and the flowers were in full splendor. I have oodles of photos to share of that hike. Two weeks ago the flowers on the same trail were nearing completion. Fortunately, some still graced our walk today.
I believe this is some sort of Saxifrage. The bees were all over it.
Thyme Buckwheat. The color varied from pale peach to raspberry.
A Gentian of some sort:
Mountain Owl’s Clover. I have a thing for this one.
I think this is a sort of Monkeyflower. It’s sticky and shaped as such. The stripes on the flower caught my eye.
This striking, black lichen thickly blanketed the rocks of a whole hillside.
Shale is abundant up there. I find it fascinating how it flakes apart in sheets. Here, it looks like pages of a discarded and charred book:
Well know Paintbrush, this specimen was fiery red. Not in focus, just had to share the color.
At times it feels like you’re walking along a knife-edge into nowhere.
See the snowy peak in the background? That’s Mt. Olympus. There are glaciers up there.
Pictures just don’t show the splendor.
Soon snow will fall up here. Today was a reminder that I’d like to make more trips up before winter.