Large, leaning Douglas fir giant at Cedar Flats (the tree forks into two stems about 30 feet up)
looks like the one on the left was damaged by a cable, or maybe someone’s axe
10-foot dia. Douglas fir at Cedar Flats – trees have numbered tags for research
Forest floor litter makes tough bushwhacking. The signboard at the trail entrance requests “Please stay on trail,” but we were in search of the big one…
“Quartz Creek Big Trees” half-mile loop trail
largest Doug fir along the trail – wish we had measured it! I’ve read that some trees are up to 750 years old.
looking up the tall giant
scene from Quartz Creek loop trail
*** Not to be confused with another Quartz Creek Trail in MSHNVM through old-growth near Lewis River on Forest Road 90
quiet, primitive campsite next to a stream about a mile from the Quartz Creek trail (Darvel took shot this of me)
tiny Hugo Lake and Mt. Rainier (this lake is about 5 miles from Chambers Lake) near Goat Rocks Wilderness)
delightful 6-mile r.t. hike to 6,201 ft. spectacular viewpoint in Goat Rocks Wilderness (elev. gain 1,400 ft.)
view of the Goat Rocks from old FS lookout site
Old Snowy (on left), Ives Peak (on right). Snow grass Flat (right-center) is covered in snow.
Right-center is Gilbert Peak (8,201 ft.), highest in Goat Rocks. To its left is Goat Citadel and Big Horn.
view toward Mt. Rainier
view south toward Mt. Adams
We returned by Forest Road 23. Be warned: the section that I indicated is in deplorable condition. The “Maintenance Level” of this section of Rd. 23 is marked “Low” by GPNF on this May, 2015 Draft Analaysis Plan map. How could that be on such a major route through the Forest?
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