This is the final of a series of modest waterfalls along the Deschutes River, within the Olympia City Limits. The falls, now encompassed by a nice park developed by the now defunct Olympia Brewing Company, were made famous by their likeness on the labels of the beer produced in the adjacent brewery, which was, unfortunately, recently bought by Miller, then shut down. The falls consist of two main segments. The right most segment is difficult to see, and drops a sheer 25 feet or so. The main segment, on the left, co... read more
The highest peak in the eastern Olympics even though it cannot be seen from Seattle. It is located 1 1/2 miles NE of Mt. Mystery between Decetption Creek and Royal Creek.
Mount Deception at 7788 feet is second highest in the Olympic range, second only to Mt Olympus (7965 ft), however it is located in the rain shadow of the range and receives less precipitation than Olympus.
Mount Deception was originally named Mt. Holmes by the Seattle Press Expedition for John H Holmes of the Boston Herald. Mount Deception w... read more
Mt. Constance is the highest and most massive peak on the eastern front of the Olympics. It is the fifth highest peak in the range after Mt. Deception and the three summits of Mt. Olympus. It is composed of basalt erupted beneath the Pacific Ocean 15 million years ago, and tipped upright to form vertical walls of knobby basketball-sized "pillows".
Montane forest reaches up to 5000' and patches of sub-alpine character persist to 7000'. The mountain's higher reaches are alpine and host range endemic species such a... read more
Buckhorn Mountain offers perhaps the best views of any Olympic peak that has a trail to the summit. The views of Constance, Mystery, Deception, The Needles, and waters from the Straight of Juan De Fuca to the Puget Sound are excellent. On a clear day you can see the Cascade volcanos, too. Hike 5 miles to Marmot Pass via the Big Quilcene Trail. From Marmot Pass follow the trail up the slopes of Buckhorn Mountain to the summit. This hike is snow-free relatively early in the hiking season.