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

Meadow Fence

Meadow Fence

Mill Creek trail in Inyo National Forest in Northern California crosses some very fine grassy meadows. It’s a nice enough trail, but it takes a lot of driving on rough roads to get there. On the drive in, we saw a blonde colored black bear running across the road. No chance for a photo, unfortunately.

  • Camera: Nikon D200
  • Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm set at 62mm
  • ISO 100 1/160 sec f/6.3

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