100 Classic Hikes Washington
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
It is said that this trail is located in rain shadow belt which proved to be true for us. It was raining quite hard most of our way from Kingston but the clouds cleared suddenly as soon as we hit Quilcene and the trailhead welcomed us with blue sky and plenty of sunshine.
The trail led us through an old growth forest first along a pleasantly bubbling creek. We had to cross the stream several times but all of the crossings were safe at this time of the year and relatively easy. Once we got out of the forest the trail proceeded along the valley letting us enjoy more and more magnificent views.
For some the elevation gain of 3500 ft might be discouraging but since it is spread gradually along the whole length it is not as bad as it sounds. There is a lot to see along the trail so that the miles go by fast.
The only let down we experienced was lack of Marmots. As the name and description in hiking book suggests there should be ample of them whistling around, yet we did not see a single one. But if you’re looking for beautiful views then I would I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this trail.
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