The mountain in the distance is a part of the Mt Jupiter ridge (but not the summit), which runs between the Dosewallips and Duckabush rivers in the Olympic Mountains. I was hiking up the Dosewallips when I caught this opening through the trees giving a view of the high country. The higher ridges were already showing some signs of snowfall.
The previous post referred to the vine maple as the source of the brightest reds in the lowland Olympics. Here’s a good example (above) as compared to big leaf maple and its yellows (below).
The Dosewallips River drains the central section of the eastern Olympics. The road has been washed out for years and now makes a gentle hike for 6 miles into the Olympic National Park. While Washington State is not known for nice displays of fall colors, this year in the Olympics was particularly good. More yellows than reds … except for vine maples. Here you see mostly big leaf maples and their yellows.
Camp Handy is in the Buckhorn Wilderness area of the Olympic National Forest on the Upper Dungeness. It’s about 3.4 miles in from the trailhead and a pleasant hike. That increases the number of folks that visit. When I was there … a small group of boy scouts showed up to fish the Dungeness River. Instead of camping in a spot off the meadow, I retreated back into the woods where there were several isolated camps (see below). I could walk 30 feet or so and be out in a small meadow (the bright area on the right side of the image). And, I couldn’t hear the scouts.
It was a good camp … only marred by the fact that my self-inflating air mattress had got a hole in it since I last slept on it. A big enough hole that it deflated in less than 10 minutes when I was laying on it. I used the sitting pad (on the log in the photo below) and instead of staying two nights, I only stayed one.
I recently upgraded to a new computer with a much larger SSD. That allowed me to put my archived photos inside my Lightroom catalog. That let me easily go through the archive and see if I had changed my mind on some of the images. Some of them went back years, so it had been a while since I had really taken a good hard look at them. As a result, I found a number that I had no idea why I had put them in the archive catalog.
This image is an example of that. The original image was very low resolution (taken many years ago) and it looks pretty ‘soft’ now. But it’s lovely, just the same. The location is in the Olympic National Park, on the ridge between the North Fork Dosewallips and the West Fork, above Thousand Acre Meadows, just below Hayden Pass. It isn’t visited frequently, since it is over 20 miles from the trailhead and you are traveling off trail.