Saturday, May 19, 2018

What's In a Name? - #Hiking Trails - #SaturdaySnapshots

Since I love words and names, the designations given to hiking trails fascinate me. Some are named after naturalists, historical figures, or landmarks. For others, the source of the names is obscure.  

Cougar Mountain Trails: 
Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead at King County's Cougar Mountain Wildland Park was renamed in honor of Harvey Manning, a longtime open space advocate and hiking guidebook author.
FYI: During the Cold War of the 1950s, this area housed anti-aircraft missiles and radar.

Red Town Trail: A mining town by the same name existed here in the late 1800s. It served as a railroad depot where coal was transported from the mines to Lake Washington. Most of the houses were painted red. 
By the way, we walked on the "Wildside" too.

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail: An article in The Seattle Times says:  "The lake and nearby ridge are said to have gotten their inapt name from Seattle pioneer Arthur Denny when the rattle of seed pods on a nearby meadow frightened a road surveyor into thinking he was being attacked by a rattler. The surveyor didn't know there were no poisonous snakes in Western Washington."  

My online research didn't uncover the history of the name Dewey Lake. However, the Naches Peak Loop (pronounced "NAT cheese") is named after a Native American tribe. Anyone who has read Wild by Cheryl Strayed has heard of the Pacific Crest Trail.

The idea behind the name of the High Ridge Trail is obvious.  The pathway snakes across a ridge in Olympic National Park.

Are you as curious about place names as I am?

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  1. Oh, place names to make me curious! Thanks for sharing these wonderful names you saw on your journey.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your weekend!

  2. Maybe we're curious about place names because we both enjoy writing, Laurel-Rain. Knowing the origin of names adds a little something extra to my hiking experiences.
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  3. Yes, I love words and place names and the history behind them. Thanks, Sandy (:

  4. Thanks for visiting the blog, Judy. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

  5. Names and meanings totally fascinate me. I choose names for characters in my books that fit personalities, ethnicity, etc. and usually mention the meanings in the stories.

    Thanks for another great "armchair" hike1


  6. I'm glad you enjoy my hiking blog posts, Colleen. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. The origin of places' names is always interesting.

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