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Weyerhaeuser owns vast amounts of private timberlands in the Pacific Northwest. Their land is accessible to hikers, hunters and others by a limited number of permits.
West of Mt. St. Helens their holdings are great habitat for elk, and other animals. I have paid for a permit the last few years to enter those lands by foot.
After parking at a gate north of the Kalama River Road on a late April weekend, I spent five hours hiking on logging roads looking for elk, wildflowers and butterflies.
At the top of Road 6340, Wild Horse Peak, there was evidence of an active logging operation. The loggers had taken the weekend off.
On the way back to the car, the heat of the sunshine brought out many butterflies to enjoy the wildflowers in bloom. And, even though there was much sign of elk, I never did spot one.
A pleasant way to spend a sunny day.
Fairy Lanterns (Wild Lilies)
Logging operation on Wild Horse Peak
Trailing Blackberry and Corydalis
Trail sign and trailhead