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Old-growth forest photos : White River, Skookum Flats, The Dalles
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This is a gallery of old-growth forest photos which appeared on the Turns All Year home page in the past. Thumbnail images on this page can be clicked to view the full-sized photos, and lead into a slide show sequence for the gallery. The Dalles campground along the White River made a good base camp for day skiing trips to Mt. Rainier on this stormy Memorial Day weekend. We relaxed with easy hikes through the lush old-growth forest and on the Skookum Flats trail, a favorite in the area for mountain biking.
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from August 30, 2004:
White River old-growth forest, Washington, May 30, 2004
Andy and The Big Douglas Fir
Andy and The Big Douglas Fir
Sunlit vine maple
Sunlit vine maple
The Big Douglas Fir
The Big Douglas Fir
Fern-rich forest floor
Fern-rich forest floor
Bed of moss on old-growth forest floor
Bed of moss on
old-growth forest floor
Skunk cabbage
Skunk cabbage
Medium Douglas Fir
Medium Douglas Fir
Vanilla Leaf
Vanilla Leaf
Mossy creek
Mossy creek
Fern-rich forest floor
Fern-rich forest floor
Mossy old-growth forest floor
Mossy old-growth forest floor
Vanilla Leaf close-up
Vanilla Leaf close-up
Skookum Flats mountain biking trail
Skookum Flats
mountain biking trail
White River
White River
Skookum Falls
Skookum Falls

Photos by Charles Eldridge


Associated trip report: With the terrible forecast, Andy and I were having a hard time getting motivated for our annual multiday ski trip scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend. We decided a better alternative to spending time wet, in a tent, on the snow, was to do some "blue tarp car camping" and day skiing trips from there. We were lucky to get a last minute reservation at The Dalles campground along the White River off Highway 410, and even luckier to be able to change to a riverside site when we arrived (beautiful campground, but the highway noise is pretty loud unless screened by noise from the White River).
    After skiing a day in Mt. Rainier's Glacier Basin and then one in Grand Park, Andy and I took a rest day in camp, mostly spent sitting under the blue tarp listening to the rain, eating, and sampling our extensive collection of fine beers, but with a nice old-growth forest hike thrown in. The Dalles campground is located in a very nice remnant of old-growth forest, and within the campground grows The Big Tree, a 700 year-old, 235 foot tall, nine and a half foot diameter Douglas Fir. From The Big Tree a trail heads down the White River to FS 73. We hiked to the road, crossed the White River on the bridge, and then hiked back upriver on the Skookum Flats trail, which we found out is a major mountain biking destination. The trail goes right along the White River and mostly through nicely regenerated second growth forest, with scattered remnants of old-growth forest, especially right next to the river. The relaxing hike was just what we needed to rest up for our last day of skiing, at Sunrise on Mt. Rainier.
   Charles

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