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Trail at Ohanapecosh
footbridge on the Ohanepecosh River
The old growth forest is full of dead and decaying material which enriches the soil. You will frequently find "nurse logs", (now I'm going to have to go find a picture of a nurse log, but I will post it some other time.) decaying fallen trees which have young trees growing from them. Snags provide habitat for dozens if not hundreds of critters.
The old growth forest is diverse. You would be amazed at how many different varieties of trees, ferns, flowers, mushrooms, mosses, lichens, birds, insects, and other critters live there.There were around 200 campsites in the forest at Ohanapecosh Campground. Campsite 26 in the C used to be to the right of this sign. On November 6, 2006, 18 inches of rain fell within 36 hours.
And this happened.
About half the C Loop went the way of C26--at least for the 2007 season.
My hiking book says it is about a 3½ hour round trip hike to Owyhigh Lakes (pronounced o-I-hi) from the White River Road. NOT!
It is a beautiful hike, though. We did it in August.