Mt. Rainier Natl. Park/ Olympic Natl. Park

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Mt. Rainier National Park, located in Washington State, is a beautiful park filled with lush forests and waterfalls. The rivers are colored by glacial flour, making the water appear cloudy. IMG_6281 Mt Rainier, towering over the Puyallup River valley at 14,114, is actually a large stratovolcano.IMG_6298

Mt. Rainier National Park has forests with age spans as young as 100 years old to areas of old growth that are over 1000 years old.

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We drove completely around the mountain, giving us a 360`view. With few interior roads, most were closed.

 

Olympic National Park is nearly 1 million acres of protected wilderness. The size is incredible. There are few roads to the interior, with none going through the park. We managed to hike a few of the many trails in the park. All of them being spectacular.IMG_7865

Located right on the northern edge of the park, Madison Falls is reached by a short hike.IMG_6367

A quick drive to Lake Crescent gave us amazing views.IMG_6408

On our way to Quinault Rain Forest, located at the southern end of the park, we stopped at Ruby Beach. It was one of the 4 beaches open on the west coast of the park. Much of the coastline that falls within the Indian Reservation Lands to the northwest is closed, out of respect for the elders in regards to COVID-19.IMG_7970

Quinault Rain Forest is a short loop hike through some amazing forest.IMG_6461

This temperate rainforest gets an average of 10-15 feet of rain a year!IMG_7977

This area is home to Roosevelt Elk herds. IMG_8027

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Quinault Rain Forest is truly a magical place.

During our drive, we came across a little tree!IMG_6538

Sol Duc Falls trail runs through incredible old growth forest that ends at a beautiful cascading falls.IMG_6741

Olyimpic National Park is internationally recognized as a Biosphere and World Heritage Site. IMG_6761