Grove of the Patriarchs

Being from the West coast of Canada, the “old growth” forest at the Grove of the Patriarchs in Mt. Rainier National Park did not really impress me a lot. Still, it was a nice walk to the grove. I think that this area might have been a bit more stunning before the flooding rearranged the area – a sandy forest floor was not really what I was expecting.

grove of the patriarchs boardwalk douglas fir - pseudotsuga menziesii - bark

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Ohanapecosh Campground in Mt. Rainier National Park

In 2006 Mt. Rainier National Park received 18 inches (45cm) of rain in 36 hours. Flooding damaged roads, infrastructure and changed the course of rivers. A 5000 ft (1524 meters) landslide below Stevens Canyon Road dumped into the Ohanapecosh River near the Ohanapecosh Campground.

I would not have wanted to be here when this came down.

slide at ohanapecosh campground

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Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) at the campground.

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