The Crest of the Coastal Mountains


Early winter and I’m sitting on the crest of the Coastal Mountains.

Warm sunshine and a light breeze are soothing my sore muscles.

Soon it will be time to make the seven-mile hike back to the trailhead near Gales Creek Campground.

Wispery waterfalls, ferns, moss, alders, big-leaf maples and a few Douglas firs will keep me company on the way back.

Other than one solo mountain biker, I am alone in the forest for hours.

It replenishes my inner spirit.

One of many small waterfalls

One of many small waterfalls

Ferns and moss - - - a sure giveaway that you're in a rainforest

Ferns and moss – – – a sure giveaway that you’re in a rainforest

Sunlight highlighting a small waterfall

Sunlight highlighting a small waterfall

Springboard slot in an old stump

Springboard slot in an old stump

Early morning frost on fallen leaves

Early morning frost on fallen leaves

Small waterfall

Small waterfall

Early morning frost

Early morning frost

Small waterfall

Another small waterfall

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