Friday, July 19, 2019

Carbon River Ramble - #MountRainier

Recently, a group of walkers from the Auburn Senior Activity Center bravely crossed a high one-lane bridge to explore the Carbon River Trail.
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Our walk (only three miles, round trip) took us along a wide, gentle path that had been a road until the river washed it out and forced the forest service to close it to vehicles. Along the way we walked beneath towering old-growth trees, listened to bird serenades, and sampled red huckleberries. Tart and not quite ready for pies.



Huge old-growth trees provided shade. Some would make nice shelters.


Nurse logs provide the perfect habitat for nurturing young seedlings. This photo shows the roots of the "baby" tree growing out of the rotting nurse log.


After a beautiful and relaxing walk, we stopped at this wash and headed back.


If you continue farther on, the way becomes more rugged and leads to the base of the Carbon Glacier, which feeds the Carbon River. At 17.5 miles round trip from the parking lot, that's too long for me to cover in one day!

Lunch at Wally's in Buckley, our reward for all that walking.

An editorial comment: We have noticed that some of the national park facilities are not maintained as well as they have been in the past. We've seen restroom facilities where most of the toilets are out of order, structures that need refurbishing, etc. This must surely be due to lack of funding from the federal government. How sad it would be if our treasured national parks were not maintained for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. More info HERE.

For more information about this walk and the extended hike to the glacier, look HERE
For more of my photos from an earlier walk along this same path, look HERE





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19 comments:

Kelly Marshall said...

I walked this hike when Heather was pregnant with Dawson. It's quite a trek and we made it to the glacier. We were really pooped when we got back.

Sue Jackson said...

Looks like another wonderful walk with your group! You live in such a beautiful area.

I have never seen or tasted huckleberries - I think I sort of thought they were something fictional (ha ha). Must be a regional thing.

Glad you got to enjoy a nice walk this week. It has been 95 and REALLY humid here for weeks, so I haven't been able to walk much or even be outdoors. Hitting 100 today and tomorrow. But we have a camping trip planned (into the mountains and north) next week - I can't wait!

Sue

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

That was quite a hike, Kelly! I'd love to go all the way to the glacier, but this group only does three miles.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Sue, I always think of Huckleberry Hound! Those berries were definitely tart, but one of the men on the walk said they weren't quite ripe enough. Sorry about your hot weather. We've had a mild summer so far. Have fun camping!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Gorgeous shots...and I love the look of that diner.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

They actually have carhops, Laurel-Rain! Next time I'm going to order a root beer float with my fish and chips.

judy said...

Your photos and words do their part to emphasize the importance of our national parks. Thank you!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you, Judy. I don't post political or controversial items on my blog, but I feel strongly about the importance of our national parks and forests.

Klara S said...

Such a beautiful place. The trees are huge!

Colleen L. Reece said...

Growing up in Darrington, we had lots of red huckleberries and blue huckleberries on our property and nearby. They made great pies, but especially the red needed to be really ripe. In the mountains there were the larger blueberries, both low and high bush.

Thanks for another great "armchair" expedition! GRIN.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Klara: This is an "old growth" forest so the trees are incredibly old... and beautiful!
Colleen: I'd love to grow huckleberries in my backyard. I wonder if they'd do well. Need to research that.

mvmaithai said...
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mvmaithai said...

Sounds like a great hike! When we get that RV hopefully in the not-too-distant future, we will visit the NW and spend some time there. I sure hope the NPS will continue to take good care of the parks!

Lady Fi said...

Such a lovely area!

Captured by Jade said...

Those trees are pretty impressive!

Tom said...

...the Pacific Northwest is my kind of country!

a spirit of simplicity said...

I lived in Washington for a few years back when I was in my early twenties. It was so beautiful there. I think there are a lot of things that are a mess with this new administration and hopefully the national parks will not fall into complete disrepair before the next election comes up.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Your photos are very beautiful. I want to go there in a future. Thanks for sharing.

Cristina - Memories of the Pacific said...

Looks like a lovely place for a hike! I've never been there, there's so much of the US I'd love to explore...