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Today Karen and I hiked For the Boys trail above Ski Hill, Leavenworth, WA. We gained 1,000 feet in elevation over three miles, for six miles total. Mountain bikers galore.

Wildflowers bloom in waves. We found rare, white Ghost Orchids in the shade at certain elevations. Honeysuckle vines (deep orange flowers) climbed trees and boulders. This is the tail end of the Tiger Lily bloom.

So far in 2018, I have hiked 138 miles with 21,744 feet in elevation gain. In the winter, I keep going using snowshoes and micro-spikes.

My bug net is hooked to my pack and dangling. I'd better tuck it in somewhere. It goes over my hat, head and shoulders.

LiterateHiker 9 June 3
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I wonder if morel mushrooms inhabit your region ?...? Are the pine nuts safe to eat there ?

@GreenAtheist,

Yes, morel mushroom grow after wildfires. Morels are hard to find. Professional morel mushroom hunters from Seattle strip the woods like locusts. It's maddening.

I found these morels in May 2017 the day after it rained, growing next to burned stumps. Mushrooms need moisture. They were near a creek after a massive wildfire.

The only Pinyon trees I have seen were in growing in the Southwest (New Mexico).

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That sounds fantastic!

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Great pics!

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Posted by CallMeDaveNewRiver Gorge, WV. The newest National Park. We went to climb mostly but the weather had other plans. We hiked the Endless Wall Trail.

Posted by CallMeDaveNewRiver Gorge, WV. The newest National Park. We went to climb mostly but the weather had other plans. We hiked the Endless Wall Trail.

Posted by CallMeDaveNewRiver Gorge, WV. The newest National Park. We went to climb mostly but the weather had other plans. We hiked the Endless Wall Trail.

Posted by CallMeDaveNewRiver Gorge, WV. The newest National Park. We went to climb mostly but the weather had other plans. We hiked the Endless Wall Trail.

Posted by CallMeDaveMore ice and snow than I expected. In the shady parts, the trail was shear ice-over-snow sloped perpendicular to the desired direction of travel. Exciting. Flat Top Mtn, VA, 4001 ft, 7mikes rt

Posted by CallMeDaveMore ice and snow than I expected. In the shady parts, the trail was shear ice-over-snow sloped perpendicular to the desired direction of travel. Exciting. Flat Top Mtn, VA, 4001 ft, 7mikes rt

Posted by CallMeDaveMore ice and snow than I expected. In the shady parts, the trail was shear ice-over-snow sloped perpendicular to the desired direction of travel. Exciting. Flat Top Mtn, VA, 4001 ft, 7mikes rt

Posted by ButtercupNot much of a hike, this is only a mile from my house.

Posted by ButtercupNot much of a hike, this is only a mile from my house.

Posted by girlwithsmilesIt was nice to get out for a walk today, everything looks different in the snow. I think we heard a woodpecker, but not much wildlife about.

Posted by PedrohbdsIs hiking on skis allowed here?

Posted by PedrohbdsIs hiking on skis allowed here?

Posted by Wangobango3Sunday afternoon hike around Hell Point, Nova Scotia.

Posted by CallMeDaveSaw this gentleman righteously decked out for a hike today. Authentic. (Sharp Top mountain, Bedford County, VA)

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