New Trail – Old Trail

“New” Trail

I frequently hike the North Fork Skokomish trail in Olympic National Park. My first hikes there were in the ’60’s … and I hiked there often while I lived in Olympia (where it was the closest corner of the park from home). The photo above shows the trail along the first section which used to be roadway. It frequently washed out, so the trailhead was pulled back. Over the years it has been interesting to see the roadbed slowly change into what seems to be a trail. I say ‘seems to be a trail’ intentionally … compare it to the image below of a section of the same trail that was originally created in the 1890’s. This section is 6 miles from the trailhead… and never was roadway.

Old Trail

Cloudscape

Cloudscape

Mare’s Tail over Bogachiel Peak and the High Divide (Olympic National Park)

A wide angle lens often creates distortion that is distracting or makes the image feel un-natural. In this case, while there is some “leaning” of the trees on the sides of the image … the distortion actually results in a realistic representation of the steepness of the hillside.

Looking Towards Cat Peak and Mt Carrie

Looking Towards Cat Peak and Mt Carrie

This shot was taken along the Cat Basin Way Trail. It is hard to spot the two different peaks, Cat Peak is lower and is sitting directly in front of Mt Carrie. This is a spur trail off the High Divide Trail in the Olympic National Park …. it runs across the ridge to access Cat Basin and the northern access to the Bailey Range backcountry.

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