Olympic Rainforest & Lake Crescent

Trip Start Oct 18, 2002
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Trip End Oct 15, 2005


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Friday, October 18, 2002

from Wikipedia:
Olympic National Park is located in the U.S. state of Washington, in the Olympic Peninsula. The park can be divided into three basic regions: the Pacific coastline, the Olympic Mountains, and the temperate rainforest.
The western side of the park sports a temperate rain forest, including the Hoh Rain Forest and Quinault Rain Forest, the wettest area in the continental United States (the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii gets more rain). Because this is a temperate rainforest, as opposed to a tropical one like the Amazon Rainforest in South America, it is dominated by dense coniferous timber, including Sitka, Spruce, Western Hemlock, Coast Douglas-fir and Western redcedar and mosses that coat the bark of these trees and even drip down from their branches in green, moist tendrils.

Lake Crescent is a deep lake located in Clallam County, Washington, previously named Lake Everett. With a maximum depth of 624 feet (201 m), it is one of the deepest lakes in the state of Washington. Lake Crescent is a popular recreational area in the Olympic National Park. The community of Piedmont is nearby.

Lake Crescent is home to a number of trails, including the Spruce Railroad Trail, Pyramid Peak (Washington) trail, and Barnes Creek trail to Marymere Falls. The Spruce Railroad Trail follows the grade of an old railroad along the shores of Lake Crescent. One can even visit the entrance to a tunnel the railroad went through, but the trail circumvents.

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