Hikes, outings

Murhut Falls- Just Do It!

By Marcia Schwendiman

Spring means streams run full force and waterfalls show off.  Murhut Falls does not disappoint. The trail on a converted logging road runs three quarters of a mile through second growth forests to a hidden ravine where this segmented horsetail plunges 130 feet into Murhut Creek near the confluence with the Duckabush River. The trailhead is 23 miles southwest of Quilcene.  Accurate directions are available on Google Maps and hike details are in Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula, by Craig Romano. If you yearn for more, see the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail at www.OlympicPeninsulaWaterfallTrail.com.  

Murhut Falls
Polystichum munitum (Sword Fern) on the trail to Murhut Falls

Rain doesn’t stop intrepid naturalists from looking for insects at Gibbs Lake in September 2018.
Hooded Merganser
Dungeness Spit driftwood and stones
Surf Scoter
Usnea lichen in the wind