Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hiking in the Pacific Northwest

     Part of my summer Budget Plan is to do some out door activities while maintaining some healthy habits and doing something fun things with out having to spend to much money.

     So what better way to do this than hike in the most beautiful places on earth. Up here in the Pacific Northwest we have some of the most amazing Rain forests.

     So an old friend from my favorite city came over from Seattle and spent the weekend with me touring the Pacific Northwest. Sunday afternoon, we ventured out towards Lake Crescent. Where there are water falls named Marymere Falls. It's a short 1.5 mile hike with other hikes trailing off. Well worth making it to the falls first before heading off on other trails.

     After the Marymere fall hike we headed back and trailed off on the Barnes Creek Trail to seize a few photos of the creek.

     Here are a few photos of the beauty of the Northwest.
Marymere Falls

Trail Sign
Old tree 300-400 years old
Barnes Creek

My Friend and I at the Falls.

      Once we had finished our hike to the falls we than decided that it would be a great idea to drive to the Hoh River Rainforest. We had to drive threw Forks Washington. Yes Twilight fans I live near Forks, as we continued to drive we than discovered it was alot further than we thought so after an hour on the road we decided to keep going. As we were driving up into the Rain Forest we drove along the side of the Hoh River which was just amazing. I am sadden as I did not get any photos of the river.

     As we got to the Entrance to the Ranger station the fee was 15 dollars. We quickly thanked our lucky stars we had cash. We drove another 6 miles up into the forest and and every moment was breath taking. On the way up the forest we came up to one of the biggest threes alive. 500 - 550 years old. Just breath taking. Once we arrived we decided to take a short hike out of the 5 there was. There were hikes that were up to 50 miles. Which required a wilderness permit and training. We decided just to take one water bottle and or camera's. Shortly after reaching the creek with the stunning moss hanging over the creek. We shortly noticed we didn't have our car keys.

We started to freak out. Our cell phones have no reception. And the visitor center closed at 5 it was 5 30 we are half way up the hike and have no service and 6 miles from the ranger station. We decided to start walking faster and try to soak in some of what we were walking threw. But it was hard to not focus on the key issue. We reached the end of the trail and just in time we ran into a Ranger.

We asked if she was able to unlock it and with a confident "YES" we were instantly relieved. Forest Rangers now will for ever in my mind be magical forest angels. We decided to head back home, we were starving and had a almost 2 1/2 hour drive.  We got to see some elk up close and personal on our way out of the forest. On our way home we stopped in Forks were there is only one bar and had a Twilight beer and some food to sooth our tummy's and end the evening. What a day!!
The Big Spruce Tree @ the Hoh River
The 1.2 mile hike 

Hall of mosses trail 

A little creek running threw the Hall of mosses Trail 


  1. Awesome trip! I am always worried about either A) Locking my keys in my car or B) Losing them on a mountain... good to know Rangers can help with one of these problems! Keep up the awesome trips!

  2. I miss the PNW, thanks for sharing! If you're ever in the Salem, Oregon area, don't miss Silver Falls State Park. It's totally gorgeous, but go during an off time (like Monday morning during the school year) so you can enjoy it without lots of other people - it's a beautiful park :)

    Amy from AHSC http://www.etsy.com/shop/AHSC :)