Once again, I ventured into the depths of forests and hiked mountain trails. Just days after I hiked the Quinault rain forest trails, I made my way through an old growth forest trail at Mount Rainier National Park, located in the Pacific Northwest state of Washington. I waited until after Labor Day, when most of the crowds had diminished. I was pleasantly surprised that there were no waiting lines at the main entrance to the park. I felt that I had the park to my myself. I had no problems finding a parking spot up at Paradise meadows. But after a few hours, it was starting to get crowded on the trails, and that was my cue that it was time to visit another area of the park that was not so crowded. I drove back down to the Longmire area and grabbed some refreshments at the gift shop and walked across the street to where the Trail of the Shadows begins. This is a trail through an old growth forest of Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Western Hemlock. It is well maintained and full of very interesting species of conifers and more. There are some darker areas that have some very creepy looking trees and their root systems. You’ll see what I mean by perusing through the some of the images below.
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