J. W. Donley

Writer, Photographer, Programmer

Tag: Washington State

Joe’s Photo of the Week – Samish Overlook South

This week’s photo is from a spot fairly close to Bham. If you drive south on I-5 about 15 minutes than head west you’ll find the Samish Overlook. From here you can hike on up to the popular Oysterdome viewpoint, which I’ve yet to do. But the view from the parking area is amazing.

This photo is the view looking south over the flat farm lands of Skagit Valley.

 

PNW Photo of the Week – Raptor Ridge Trail

From here in Bellingham I have access to a lot of amazing hiking trails. Just over an hour east and there are trails crawling over the North Cascades surrounding Mt. Baker. But there are also trails right here in and around the city of Bellingham.

A large system of trails called North Chuckanut Trail System borders the south edge of town. These trails traverse through a patchwork of state parks, city parks, and forest lands. Some of the biggest portions are in Larrabee State Park and Arroyo Park.

Awhile back I tried out a large loop leading up to Raptor Ridge. This is 8ish mile round trip takes you up to some of the highest elevation in the Chuckanut mountains.

How To Get There!

Here is a great description of the hike: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/raptor-ridge-chuckanut-mountain

Unlike that description I started from the North Chuckanut Trailhead. Instead of turning onto Old Samish Way, just keep going straight on Chuckanut drive for a tiny bit and you’ll see a sign and parking lot on the left for the trail head. You’ll just hike north on the Interurban trail until you get to a marker in the Arroyo park area leading you up the Hemlock Trail. Then, the hike is uphill for a good 3 miles at least.

This image is taken on the Raptor Ridge Trail only a little bit after turning off the Hemlock trail. This section is horse free, as it is very narrow and winds through some large rocks.

After checking out the overlook I continued down the Raptor Ridge trail to the Lost Lake Trail and took that back North to where I started.
I’m not in the best shape, so this 8 mile hike was a doozy for me. But it was worth it. The Raptor Ridge Trail running from the Hemlock to the Lost Lake trail was beautiful. There are massive trees, plush ferns, and blankets of moss everywhere.

My PNW Photo of the Week – June 26, 2017

After a few weeks of moving to Bellingham, WA from western Oklahoma we are finally starting to settle in. We’ve gotten all of the important official stuff done, like license plates and new driver’s licenses, and now have time to truly explore the area.

There is a small park fairly close to me with a small trail loop through a bit of forest. It’s called Cordatta Park. It’s not a giant park as compared to many of the other parks in the Bellingham area, but it is still a nice walk through a natural setting.

Here is the image I’ve chose for this new series called my Pacific North West Photo of the Week. Each Monday I will share with you one of my recent shots taken somewhere up here in #UpperLeftUSA.

I call this image ‘Old Forest Stump’. One thing that Washington has that Western Oklahoma really doesn’t is large trees. And, even when these trees die, they are still a fountain of new life. If left, old stumps of fallen or cut trees become the base for other plants and trees to sprout.

Old Forest Stump

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