(360)350-8938 (texts welcome)
Exotichikes@gmail.com

Olympic Peninsula, Wa

Lake Cushman/Staircase Rapids Report January 2nd, 2013

Usually I try and convince you to take a long hike, stretch your legs and see the Olympic Peninsula by foot. However, some days you can see absolute beauty right next to your car. Below are a few scenes which should make you realize you should take advantage of good weather, call in sick from work and come on an adventure with Exotic Hikes.

 

The Staircase/Lake Cushman area is incredible right now after a huge snowfall in Decemeber of 2012. While the road isn’t perfectly clear, it is still good enough to easily drive down. In fact, they plow it daily and the road is enjoyable. If ever the weather is as clear as it was today, you MUST go to the Staircase region of the Olympic Peninsula.

 

Today I decided to drive up to Staircase Rapids in the Olympic National Park. I, as always, stopped off at my favorite view point to see Mount Ellinor and Lake Cushman. This is what I saw:

 

 

Lake Cushman and Mount Ellinior

Lake Cushman and Mount Ellinior

Can you see why it is called Mount Washington

Can you see why it is called Mount Washington?

Mount Ellinor

Mount Ellinor

I snowshoed through hip-deep snow, snapped a few pictures of the Skokomish River and continue home to Olympia, but not before I snapped a few more pictures:

Welcome to the Olympic National Park

Welcome to the Olympic National Park

A little Snow at the Staircase Ranger Station

Lake Cushman Panorama

Lake Cushman Panorama

Upper Skokomish River and Olympic National Park

Upper Skokomish River and Olympic National Park

But don’t think that this is all there is to do on the Olympic Peninsula, trust me, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Map of Hood Canal

Map of Hood Canal

And this is how I ended my day:

Mount Rainier Sunset

Mount Rainier Sunset

 

With a huge snow year on the Olympic Peninsula, the Staircase road, which is plowed and clear for all traffic, is a must see place. Never before have I seen such a low snow level and a huge snow pack at Staircase Ranger station. Go here, bring snowshoes and have one amazing day on the Olympic Peninsula.

 

Exotic Hikes: @Exotichikes on Twitter

Phone: (360)350-8938

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Exotic-Hikes/117153065007058

Email: exotichikes@gmail.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>