Some days, you can hike for miles and feel like you never left the parking lot. Other times, it can feel like you walked through four different worlds in a single afternoon. Thankfully, you’ll find Fridley Gap fits the latter experience. Squeezed together accordion-like, the long, parallel ridges of First, Second, Third, and Fourth Mountains
concentrate an awful lot of up-and-downs into a day of hiking, and, consequently, a number of different habitats.
At the lower elevations, stream valleys attract deer to the
water’s edge. Skinny rays of sunlight filter down to the forest floor through hemlock. A half mile away stands another world: the dry, barren ridgetops. With no tree cover, views stretch for miles. Two different worlds, one hike.
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