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monkeypuzzled
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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 3:39 pm 
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Got bad news from my knee guy. Looks like I will be hiking minimal elevation gain for the foreseeable future. Not hiking makes me crazy, so I've decided I'm going to turn into a lowland big-tree hunter to keep things interesting. What are your favorite big-tree hikes? Planning on spending lots of time in the MF valley of the Snoqualmie.

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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 3:43 pm 
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For a considerably more lengthy trip, but bigger trees, head for the northern California redwoods.  There are a number of trailheads along the Newton Drury Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (part of the Redwoods National and State Parks system) where in a very short time you'll be out of hearing of the road.  The silence is awe-inspiring!  So are the trees!

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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 3:52 pm 
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Go up the West Fork Foss River about 1.5 miles and admire the amazing huge
Doug Fir there.

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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 4:21 pm 
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Ditto the WF Foss.  If I remember correctly, there's one particularly large specimen as you start heading up past Trout Lake.

Obviously some large trees on the west side of the OP.  From trips to the interior, I've exited via the NF Quinault trail a few times, and there are some big trees not to far up from the trailhead.

For easy access, the campground trails at Iron Creek CG on the Cispus have some nice trees.
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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 4:32 pm 
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I had my right knee replaced in 2006.  While I lost some knee flexion, I also lost all the pain!  No such luck with my right ankle replacement, unfortunately.
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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 5:29 pm 
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Heck, just hike up the Dingford Creek trail off the Middlefork.

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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 6:13 pm 
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South shore Lake Quinault has some monster Dougies, and, not sure if the Willaby tree is still there, but its a jaw dropper if you can get to it.
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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 6:35 pm 
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Downey Creek Trail (Suiattle River) has some nice trees and is a pretty lovely hike with a mellow gradient (aside from a quick gain at the beginning of 200 feet or so).
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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 7:56 pm 
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Might be too long for you, but Big(or is it Little Beaver creek off Ross lake has some amazing trees, as does southbound PCT from Suiattle.(8 ish miles in).

Bummer about the knees.

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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 8:38 pm 
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The Larch.  Located near Lost Lake in Okanogan County should you want a long drive.

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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 9:10 pm 
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Wow, 900 years old !

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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 9:10 pm 
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The new PCT section on the south side of Suiattle has a cathedral beyond the Suiattle crossing at Canyon Creek. A long but gentle grade...
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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 9:14 pm 
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There are some surprisingly big cedars on the old road portion of the Baker River Trail, just a few minutes from the car.
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PostFri Mar 22, 2019 9:18 pm 
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The North Fork Sauk is also just nuts with big trees.
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PostSat Mar 23, 2019 2:39 am 
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https://www.amazon.com/Forest-Giants-Pacific-Coast-Robert/dp/0295981407

VanPelt was/is the Big Tree registrar for WA and his book covers big! trees up and down the coast, including several in WA.

In the book, I love his drawings since we all know how difficult camera framing a tall giant can be.  Natl. Geog. used his drawings in a big tree article several years ago.  Happy hunting!

I 1st met him at Lake Crescent on the Oly. Peninsula, and indeed, the nature walk from Lake Crescent Lodge to Rosemary has some doozies.

Tom

PS: Early onset osteoarthritis got both my hips replaced starting at age 50 and they are a huge improvement but backpacking(loaded downhills! groan!) is not comfortable anymore and I cannot swerve/bend a soccer ball worth *&^&^ !  Grrrr.
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