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PostSun May 15, 2016 10:39 pm 
I had the opportunity to hike all weekend, so I visited three summits and one lake in the Olympic National Forest. First up was Mt Crag east of Mt Constance/Tunnel Creek (great route info provided by NateB and Seekapeak) on Friday the 13th.
MtCrag-From Rocky Brook Road
MtCrag-From Rocky Brook Road
MtCrag-From Rocky Brook Road zoomed
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MtCrag-From Rocky Brook Road zoomed
MtCrag-Washout on FR 2650
MtCrag-Washout on FR 2650
MtCrag-Rhodies blooming!
MtCrag-Rhodies blooming!
MtCrag- major washout damage on spur -050
MtCrag- major washout damage on spur -050
MtCrag-one of several near complete spur road obliterations
MtCrag-one of several near complete spur road obliterations
MtCrag-Up through the treed steep hillside
MtCrag-Up through the treed steep hillside
MtCrag-the remains of a weather balloon sensor pacakge?
MtCrag-the remains of a weather balloon sensor pacakge?
MtCrag-almost at the ridge line
MtCrag-almost at the ridge line
MtCrag-Mt Constance massif in the distance along with Warrior Peak, Cloudy Peak, and Boulder Ridge
MtCrag-Mt Constance massif in the distance along with Warrior Peak, Cloudy Peak, and Boulder Ridge
MtCrag-View from the top crest, to the south east, Buck Mtn and Hood Canal
MtCrag-View from the top crest, to the south east, Buck Mtn and Hood Canal
MtCrag-The summit register
MtCrag-The summit register
MtCrag-summit flowers
MtCrag-summit flowers
MtCrag-Mt Constance ridge
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MtCrag-Mt Constance ridge
MtCrag-Buckhorn Wilderness Eastern Ridge
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MtCrag-Buckhorn Wilderness Eastern Ridge
MtCrag-Welch Peak and Mt Townsend from the north summit view point
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MtCrag-Welch Peak and Mt Townsend from the north summit view point
MtCrag-Lush green whereever water was running along the old FS Roads
MtCrag-Lush green whereever water was running along the old FS Roads
MtCrag-Indian Paintbrush
MtCrag-Indian Paintbrush
MtCrag-Blooming rhodies
MtCrag-Blooming rhodies
I visited Mt Townsend (from the Little Quilcene TH) and Welch Peak on Saturday the 14th. The rain came in earlier than expected (~1230) and was pretty steady by the time I arrived back at my vehicle (yeah, pollen coating was washed off!!).
MtTownsend-North summit ridge in the distance, with beautiful pines in the foreground
MtTownsend-North summit ridge in the distance, with beautiful pines in the foreground
MtTownsend-The Tubal Cain Silver Creek drainage from the Mt T trail
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MtTownsend-The Tubal Cain Silver Creek drainage from the Mt T trail
MtTownsend-Mt Buckhorn from the Mt T trail
MtTownsend-Mt Buckhorn from the Mt T trail
MtTownsend-summit and Welch Peak in the distance
MtTownsend-summit and Welch Peak in the distance
MtTownsend-Summit in view (zoomed)
MtTownsend-Summit in view (zoomed)
MtTownsend-Welch Peak in the distance (zoomed)
MtTownsend-Welch Peak in the distance (zoomed)
MtTownsend-Entering the Buckhorn Wilderness
MtTownsend-Entering the Buckhorn Wilderness
MtTownsend-sea of clouds to the east
MtTownsend-sea of clouds to the east
MtTownsend-Welch Peak to the south
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MtTownsend-Welch Peak to the south
WelchPeak-small flowers along ridge route
WelchPeak-small flowers along ridge route
WelchPeak-down then up the gully on the way to Welch Peak
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WelchPeak-down then up the gully on the way to Welch Peak
WelchPeak-the knife ridge
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WelchPeak-the knife ridge
WelchPeak-Mt Townsend from the summit of Welch Peak
WelchPeak-Mt Townsend from the summit of Welch Peak
MtTownsend-green ground cover blooming
MtTownsend-green ground cover blooming
MtTownsend-more small flowering ground cover
MtTownsend-more small flowering ground cover
MtTownsend-Down I go in the rain through the pine patch
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MtTownsend-Down I go in the rain through the pine patch
MtTownsend-Looking back up towards the cloudy summit from the Little Quilcene TH
MtTownsend-Looking back up towards the cloudy summit from the Little Quilcene TH
And for today, I visited a lake (which I'm calling "Sunday") in the Staircase area, pretty much shrouded in clouds, but no rain.
SundayLake-Geese with their kiddos
SundayLake-Geese with their kiddos
SundayLake-Grouse showing its brightly colored neck feathers
SundayLake-Grouse showing its brightly colored neck feathers
SundayLake-waterfall along the FS road in
SundayLake-waterfall along the FS road in
SundayLake-huge cedar trees!
SundayLake-huge cedar trees!
SundayLake-Appears to be a purple trillium
SundayLake-Appears to be a purple trillium
SundayLake-Purple trillium?
SundayLake-Purple trillium?
SundayLake-typical trail/route up to the lake
SundayLake-typical trail/route up to the lake
SundayLake-at the cloud enveloped partially frozen lake
SundayLake-at the cloud enveloped partially frozen lake
SundayLake-partially frozen end near lake feeder
SundayLake-partially frozen end near lake feeder
SundayLake-pollen covered snow
SundayLake-pollen covered snow
SundayLake-Massive cedar near lake shore
SundayLake-Massive cedar near lake shore
SundayLake-flowers along gravel lake shore
SundayLake-flowers along gravel lake shore
SundayLake-large "burnt pancake" fungi on log end
SundayLake-large "burnt pancake" fungi on log end
SundayLake-Cloudy Lake Cushman
SundayLake-Cloudy Lake Cushman
Overall a great way to spend a weekend in the Olys.

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PostMon May 16, 2016 8:23 am 
Love the grouse picture!

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PostMon May 16, 2016 9:01 am 
Nice trip and great shot of that grouse. I hear them all the time, but I've not yet seen the neck display.

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PostMon May 16, 2016 10:48 am 
meck wrote:
WelchPeak-small flowers along ridge route
WelchPeak-small flowers along ridge route
flett's violets ... endemic to the Olympics! love love 'em

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PostTue May 17, 2016 8:04 pm 
Thank you RR and Gimpilator, I really liked the grouse... it did not seem to care at all that I was driving right up to it, it hardly budged until I was 4 feet away, then it just nonchalantly sauntered off to the road side while I passed. But by golly those birds can give you a good jump scare when, at less than a yard away, they finally decide to flee from you, with a low frequency "whoosh" sound (never mind that, initially bizarre, low alien thrumming call.... a little haunting when you are out hiking alone and are unfamiliar with the mountain chicken's call) bobbi, thank you for the flower ID. I sure did appreciate all the little flowers popping out now all over the Olys. My camera really did them no justice w.r.t. capturing the vibrant pinks and purples.

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PostTue May 17, 2016 9:26 pm 
Enjoyed reading your report, and learning about a new flower to me

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PostFri Sep 16, 2022 9:42 am 
meck wrote:
SundayLake-Appears to be a purple trillium
SundayLake-Appears to be a purple trillium
(Late to this thread while looking up info on Welch Peak.) Trillium ovatum blossoms normally turn pink or rose after an initial bloom of white.

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PostFri Sep 16, 2022 8:44 pm 
It’d be kinda neat if last thing before weather balloon release they Sharpied time, date, station on them.

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PostFri Sep 16, 2022 9:29 pm 
Thanks for the explanation on the Trillium Brushbuffalo! Would temperature or moisture be the primary causes of the later color change? @ Pyrites: I wish they had done that. I later went back and somehow ended up following the exact same offtrail route up Mt Crag and came across the then slightly-more-degraded weather balloon radiosonde sensor package remains and brought it back home. There was a plastic mailing envelope to send it back to a central refurb center, but upon further checking online, they would have just disposed of it anyways since the NWS had gone to a newer model instrument package.

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PostSat Sep 17, 2022 5:09 am 
meck wrote:
Would temperature or moisture be the primary causes of the later color change?
Meck, the color change is normal but I am not sure what biochemical mechanism causes it.

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