Hike the peninsula



The Elwha River at Elkhorn Meadows Camp.

It’s a tough time of year: the weather is beautiful (some of the time) and the great outdoors beckons — but hiking in the Cascades may still be a snowy undertaking. Apparently the snowpack is melting fast but you may want to wait a while — a savvy native informs me that there are no good hikes below 3000 feet. (If you know otherwise, please enlighten us.) In the meantime, might I suggest a trip to the Olympic Peninsula? There are many beautiful trails in the Olympic National Forest and the Olympic National Park, and many of them are relatively low-elevation. Case in point: last weekend I went camping near the Elwha River, hiking a trail that didn’t get above 2000 feet. We didn’t get any big vista views, true, but the riparian zone was beautiful in its own right, with mossy trees and rushing water and dappled glades.

2 Comments so far

  1. Lauren (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

    I love pictures like that.


  2. Robert Cummings (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 11:41 am

    Options are limited in April and May to be sure, but there are plenty of low-elevation hikes: the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail and Rattlesnake Ledge out of North Bend, Oyster Dome off Chuckanut Drive, Barclay Lake Trail just east of Index to name a few. And like you say, lots of low-elevation, early-season hikes on the Peninsula. Do a search on Karen Sykes PI columns (Take a Hike) for more suggestions.



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