On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Mike in Oly.

Up in the mountains above Hoodsport, WA, there’s a small part of the Olympic National Park called Staircase. A set of trails along the Skokomish river that are very popular, as they are easy to navigate, not too long a hike, and full of gorgeous scenery. It is a place I love to take visitors to give them a taste of the rainforests of WA, and also like to go just for my own enjoyment. Here are a few photos of my day hike there last fall to see the foliage. It did not disappoint.

Staircase, Olympic National Park, WA

Looking up the river, past massive boulders covered in moss. Lots of rapids thru this section.

Our native vine maples can be very colorful.

Staircase, Olympic National Park, WA

Lots of towering trees along the trail to marvel at.

Staircase, Olympic National Park, WA

Big leaf maples compete with the Douglas firs to see who can grow taller.

Staircase, Olympic National Park, WA

Side creeks come rushing in to join the main river in it’s race to the Salish Sea.


Thank you so much Mike in Oly, do send us more when you can.


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19 replies
  1. 1

    Never been to staircase, but did see the rain forest by the Hoh.

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    JPL says:

    So peaceful!

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    Rob says:

    So calming!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    I love hiking out there. So beautiful.

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    eclare says:

    Gorgeous. Someday I’ll make it out there.

  6. 6

    Lovely pics to wake up to

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    Baud says:


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    Mike S (Now with a Democratic Congressperson!) says:

    Beautiful! Thanks.

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    raven says:


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    stinger says:

    Wish I were there. Great pics!

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    KSinMA says:

    Beautiful! Thanks, Mike!

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    WaterGirl says:

    Wow, just wow, on those photos!

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    WaterGirl says:

    OT. Paging JefferyW, paging JefferyW, please come to the courtesy phone. We need an image for the FOOD section on the View by Topic page. Wondering if you would be willing to send me a few of your food pron photos so we can select one for that spot on the bingo card? (BJfestivus at that google mail place)

    If you’re not interested, let me know and I’ll pursue other options. thanks WG

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    We went camping up there about a dozen years ago. Unfortunately for us, it happened to be during a heat wave. As I recall, Seattle recorded its highest temperature ever (around 104 F) a day before we broke camp. Nice scenery, but the elevation was not nearly high enough to provide any relief from the heat.

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    rikyrah says:

    All the pictures are beautiful, but I really love those water pictures :)

  16. 16

    Absolutely beautiful, thank you.

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    Aleta says:

    Thanks Mike in Oly. Calmed me right down. Wish I was there.

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    Mart says:

    We hiked through several parks in WA with one of the daughters boyfriends who knew his way around from working in them. It was spring break and it mostly drizzled with a little light snow. Every now and then the sun would show up. The scenery was spectacular and other worldly. A sci-fi movie set. He told us one of the two temperate rain forests in the world, the other in New Zealand. Thanks for the pics bringing back the memories.

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    susanna says:

    Well, this makes me want to weep for no longer living in the NW. That raging creek with (in my mind) sounds is spectacularly lovely and would be a welcome ‘refuge of release’ during the coming 18 months.

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