Spring song of the Dungeness River

719The Natural History Society is honored that naturalist and poet Tim McNulty, author of Olympic National Park: A Natural History, will lead a hike on Sunday, April 19.

Our hike will be a short foray into the heart of the rainshadow  Olympics, where we’ll visit handsome old-growth fir and hemlock stands  as well as fire-influenced forest communities suggesting eastern  Washington and even the Rockies, with Rocky Mountain juniper,  lodgepole pine, and yew.  We’ll find red and blue alder, kinickinick,  manzanita, and evergreen huckleberry in the understory.  We’ll look for chocolate and fawn lilies, anglewing  butterflies, and listen to the spring song of the Dungeness in the canyon below.

518The hike is short, only about 5 miles round-trip, but steep in places with uneven terrain,  and has some elevation gains and losses, ranging between 1500 feet at  the trail head and a high point of around 3000 feet elevation.

Dress  for weather.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, and your favorite field  guide.  A sit-down pad might be handy (our lunch spot is rocky).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpace is limited, and carpools will be planned. RSVP to Pat for details at  jltnatural@saveland.org