Silver Falls and the Grove of the Patriarchs

Last weekend, we went on a 5.5 mile hike on a beautiful sunny morning at Mt. Rainier. We started at Ohanapecosh campground and hiked up to Silver Falls, then further on to Grove of the Patriarchs and then looped back to the campground. On the way up to the campground, we had some beautiful views of the east side of the mountain.

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Truly awesome

Once on the trail, sunlight was filtering in through trees and leaves, giving us some practice with photographing light in nature.

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Light through leafy trees

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More light through leafy trees!

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So much light and so many leaves!

I love that sunlight and green landscapes make me think of hobbits no matter what.

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A hobbit lived here once, I’m sure of it!

Leading up to the falls, the river became more turbulent, and mini-waterfalls were everywhere.

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Double waterfall all the way

As we got to the falls, the morning began to heat up, and we were relieved when we could feel the cool mist of the rushing water. Silver Falls is pretty huge and looks awfully powerful.

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Proud of a hiking accomplishment and basking in that cool breeze!

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Silver Falls from a distance

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Silver Falls close up

The waterfall is actually a series of small drops followed by the large and showy one pictured here. It seemed to go on endlessly.

We continued on and ID’ed flowers and plants as we went. We saw red huckleberry, ground dogwood, salmonberry (although with the berries stripped, unfortunately), and this little guy, who we were unable to positively ID, but who we called NOT Siberian Miner’s Lettuce.

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*not* Siberian Miner’s Lettuce

Our name for this flower comes from the fact that it is low-growing on the forest floor, like Siberian Miner’s Lettuce, and has these dainty little flowers, but is not edible or useful. We learned about it briefly at Alderleaf, where this flower was growing alongside SML.

We hiked the rest of the way out, patted ourselves on our back, and got on with our day.

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Bye bye forest!

It was very nice to get in a morning hike and still be able to go to lunch together (Naches Tavern in Greenwater, WA) and go to my work going away party that evening.

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