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With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier National Park is a hiker’s paradise. Glacier is by far the best experience I’ve had in a National Park. The large amount of trails and open campsites impressed me. At the time the weather was wonderful. I spent 10 days in the park and realized it was not near enough time to appreciate the beauty of this park. below is a few of the photos from this trip.
Start of the Going to the Sun Road
View from the loop
Waterfalls created by the snow melt
Top of Logan Pass
After visiting the falls I circled back to the pass and hike to Hidden Lake
Didn’t realize Hidden lake was frozen over
Then I drove around looking for the perfect sunset photo
Too Many clouds for any interesting colors, but the view was still amazing
One of the many snow melt run offs
The next morning I underestimated the drive and missed sunrise
Then it was waterfall adventure time again
St Mary Falls
After all the waterfalls I setup a permit for a hike to Cracker Lake
was a nice wet hike the whole way
The overcast day didn’t help show the awesome color of the water
separate food prep areas because of the bears!
had to air out the feet after all the rain
To a short hike to the backside of the lake
decades ago some carted out mining equipment and lived out here
I’m not sure what else was buried under the snow but it’s impressive what someone will do for money
The next morning I woke up for sunrise but didn’t catch the great color I hoped for
The view as I hike out
The next hike took me out to Gunsight Lake
View of Jackson Glacier and the edge of Blackfoot Glacier
Center of the photo is Gunsight Pass
After a few days at Gunsight Lake I made my way over to St. Mary Campground
My last morning I hike the Red Eagle Lake trail
Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. The Seattle metropolitan area of around 3.5 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Olympic National Park is a land of beauty and variety. A day’s exploration can take you from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tide pools. Nestled in the valleys are some of the largest remnants of ancient forests left in the country. Olympic is like three magical parks in one. Take some time to explore its many faces!
After driving a 1/3 of the way around the park I finally made it to the visitors center
From the main visitors center I drove up Hurricane Ridge for this impressive view
Then I started the long drive around the park. Marymere Falls was the first hike I did inside the park.
This was a very beautiful waterfall and insanely cold water was pouring from the river.
This is why I know it was bone chilling water. I took off my shoes and walked into the center of the pool for this shot. My feet were completely frozen.
The next stop was Sol Duc Falls
I took the long way around to see if I could get closer to the foot of the falls. It was no luck since the rock walls next to the river dropped off about 50 feet.
Another photo of the falls from the bridge
found my way around to the back of the falls
This was one of my favorite photos from the time I spent at the falls
I wish that I remembered this guys name but he was at the falls all day just enjoying the beauty of nature. When I approached him he was laughing hysterically as the mist hit his face.
After the falls I drove out to Ruby Beach, but the clouds didn’t make for a great shot
With plenty of time to catch the sunset I set out for Beach 3 and Scotts Bluff.
The look of a temperate rain forest
as I walked the trail these Slugs started to come out of everywhere
The view from the trail
walking into 3rd beach
Then I made my way to Scotts Bluff. I was one of the worst ideas that I had that entire day. A mudslide made the trail impassible but I pushed through and almost lost everything in the mud
I was rewarded by an epic view of the coast once I made my way through all the mud
Then I settled in for sunset
The sun didn’t light up the sky very well that evening. It wasn’t very disappointing, but I did have to hurry up and make my way out of the woods because I didn’t have any gear for the night.
The next morning I visited the Hoh Rainforest
After hiking the Rainforest I decided to try the coastline again for sunset.
This time I was in luck because the sun was shining brightly with little cloud cover
The view from atop one of the huge rocks along the coast
The photo I had been waiting for the whole evening
On the last day I drove out to Quinault Rain Forest for more waterfalls
The last two photos were from Bunch Falls
Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
Ended up driving into the park around lunch time and most of the park
was covered by ice due to a storm a couple days before
Staying along the main road I still captured some great views of the mountain.
The picture below is down by the river that looks so small on the picture above
Christine Falls is one of the most photographed Falls in the park.
This is the traditional shot from the overlook
but I wasn’t satisfied with that so I hiked down to the river below
after weighing my options I realized this was the only way across
so I jumped the 5 foot gap with camera in hand
So glad I made the leap because I wouldn’t have gotten this shot.
These few photos are from the top portion of Christine Falls
I’m standing on the bridge from the very first photo of Christine falls
After a full day of hiking I end up trekking down the Paradise River to settle in for sunset
Then it was a waiting game.
The odds were in my favor because the clouds cleared out
here are a couple photos that I edited
The next morning I got up extra early to get a shot of the mountain at sunrise, but I stumbled upon this
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area encompasses 292,500 acres, running from the mouth of the Sandy River to the mouth of the Deschutes and spanning southern Washington and northern Oregon.
Left the mountains for a change of pace and cruised down the Oregon coastline for a couple days.
This byway cuts a path through the mountains, lakes, and forests of central Oregon.
Crater Lake has inspired people for thousands of years.
Most people know Redwood National Park is home to the tallest trees on Earth.
From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover.
Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people (NP website). Went out to Point Reyes hoping for a great sunset picture, but the weather did not cooperate with me the 3 days I was out there. It’s such a great park to visit even without a nice clear sky. unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to see everything since it’s huge like most National Parks. Below is a few of the snapshots from the trip. Enjoy!
Once I arrived to the Lighthouse parking lot I found out that it was closed for the weekend. But you could still hike out from the lot and see it from a distance.