Monday, December 03, 2007

Peninsula Pounded by Precipitation
Just when we thought we made it through this fall relatively unscathed, here comes the December Blast of 07! Record winds and rains throughout western Washington, and particularly the Olympic Peninsula. Early reports indicate that the Queets, Elwha and Skokomish Rivers are all near record flood stages. Of course we hikers are all too familiar with what all of this means-more damaged roads and trails. The situation for our trails here in Washington State is going from dire to truly dreadful. We were hit hard in 2003, 2006, and now this month. If you head out after the deluge be prepared for surprises. This is sad indeed and I can only imagine what surprises await me along the Skykomish River Basin as I continue work on my next hiking guide.
(photo-Hiking Leadbetter Point February 2005)

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