Friday, July 27, 2018

Federation Forest State Park - A #Walk Among Giants - #SaturdaySnapshot

The official park service website describes Federation Forest State Park this way:

Federation Forest is a 574-acre day-use park with hundreds of acres of old-growth Douglas-fir trees, mature western hemlock, Sitka Spruce, and western red cedar. Its short, flat interpretive trails make the park an ideal destination for families with children.


The park is also the perfect place for a 3-mile senior center walk and picnic lunch. [Click on photos to enlarge.]



The trail names alone are enough to lure walkers and hikers into the park. Who could resist "Whispering Hemlocks" or "Wind in the Woods?"


We walked past towering giants that had been downed by fierce winds.


This stairway led us to a scenic picnic area alongside the White River. According to info I found online:
The White River is a white, glacial river in the U.S. state of Washington. It flows about 75 miles (121 km) from its source, the Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier, to join the Puyallup River at Sumner.



The white color is the result of glacial runoff.


On the way home, we stopped for a reward for our activity - delicious ice cream on the deck at Wapiti Woolies.







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11 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

That’s a perfect reward. It was a beautiful spot to walk. I don’t think I knew that glaciers give the water a white tinge. Interesting.

Grace Marshall said...

There is something soul-cleansing about walking in the woods. It calms me and makes me feel at peace. I am so amazed at your hiking adventures and thank you for sharing them.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Deb: Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Federation Forest is a beautiful place to walk and not too far from my home. Always something interesting to see and learn about.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Grace: One of these days we need to meet up and walk. Federation Forest would be a good spot for our group to gather.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love the big towering trees...and Wapiti Woolies looks like the perfect place for that delicious reward. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

Colleen Reece said...

These wonderful pictures remind me of my home near Darrington, Washington. We also had rivers that ran white at times. As a logger's daughter the woods were our playground. I was baptized in a mountain stream running snow water in early spring! Cold, but memorable . . .

judy said...

Beautiful! The last time we were in Federation Forest, lightning hit. One of the most frightening storms I'd ever been in. How peaceful to see the forest again in peace.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Laurel-Rain: The group always stops at Wapiti Woolies if our hikes or walks take us anywhere nearby. Wonderful ice cream, especially as a reward after a good hike.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Colleen: Brrrr. Just thinking of being in a snowmelt stream chills me! I'm glad my photos brought back memories for you.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Judy: I would definitely NOT want to be in Federation Forest during a lightning storm. Terrifying! Luckily, we visited on a cool, sunny day -- a perfect day for a walk.

Melinda Ott said...

What a lovely hike! We usually stop for a "reward" after our hikes, too (usually at a McMenamins....yum!)