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raising3hikers
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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 8:39 pm 
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We left Edmonds at 6:00 to get an early start toward the ocean.  We made good time so I decided I had enough time to find the giant Niawiakum Cedar.  I finally spotted the top of it over a little ridge so I parked and hiked thru thick brush and 20' trees to get there.
all by itself in a clear cut
all by itself in a clear cut
8th biggest known cedar
8th biggest known cedar

We made it to the bay as the tide was still going up so there was enough water to start across to the island.   
wife and kids getting ready for the ride
wife and kids getting ready for the ride

At the other side we started hiking along an old logging road, hopefully not to be used for logging anymore. 
an old stump amongst the new growth
an old stump amongst the new growth

We went a couple of miles to reach the ancient cedar grove which was one of the best groves I have seen anywhere.  The trees were huge and the forest was completely different than the rest that had been logged in the past.
big cedar
big cedar
looking up the tree
looking up the tree

We spotted one extraordinary tree, It was dead but wider than any I that have seen and I've seen most of the record trees!
the big standing snag with my boys on the sides
the big standing snag with my boys on the sides

After several side trips, we headed back before the tide got too low.
In all we hiked 7.25 miles and had a blast
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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 9:05 pm 
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glad you did this trip.  i saw your post in trail talk and it sounded iffy with the tides, mud, etc!

the weather looked great.  it poured rain in port angeles most of the day.

a wonderful outing for easter...did you hide eggs on the island?  the family looked like they had fun.

great TR and pics up.gif  up.gif

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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 9:24 pm 
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Any more info about where this is located? The trees look awesome, wild they just left the 8th largest one after clear cutting huh?
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PostMon Mar 24, 2008 6:01 am 
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Mark, it's in Willapa Bay in the southwest corner of the state, a national wildlife refuge. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=13552

It's a great kayak trip too, with some nice shoreline campsites.
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PostMon Mar 24, 2008 7:40 am 
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Wow, this a great!

Not only has it not been logged, I read that this area is unique in that there have been no fires (I think thereís hasnít been a fire in at least a thousand years or more, but donít quote me on that).  There arenít many areas where succession hasnít been altered by some sort of natural disaster.

I would love to visit Long Island!

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