Colonies of ground squirrels greet you at the trailhead. And colonies of marmots— aka whistlers—greet you as the trail angles beneath rocky ledges. Thank the Back Country Horsemen, Pacific Northwest Trail Association, and other volunteers for the recently constructed, well-built trail. A private-property owner had closed the previous access point, putting this mostly public-lands trail off-limits. But that’s all in the past—so keep hiking.
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