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Summerland Trail on August 9th—flowers, views, marmots and more!

Sat Aug 13, 2011

We’re not sure we’ve ever seen Summerland looking more beautiful!  This is a fabulous hike for anyone looking for flower-filled meadows, incredible views and marmots practicing their boxing skills. 

We started out early on Friday morning, August 12th.  The dense old-growth forest gave way in about 2 miles to a narrow canyon on Fryingpan Creek, the perfect photo opportunity.  We started to see some peak-a-boo views of Mt. Rainier as the terrain transitioned from old-growth to subalpine at around 3 miles.  At about 4 miles, we reached the beginning of the meadows of Summerland—with flowers that were thigh-high in… Read Full Story