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Posted by Andrew Engelson at May 15, 2009 02:05 PM |

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If you've never seen the pink blossoms of Pacific Rhododendron on a hike, now is the time to check them out.

First, you'll want to read Sylvia Feder's great Nature on Trail article all about rhodies in the latest issue of Washington Trails. Then, head out for the eastern Olympics to see the display.

Pacific Rhododendron

Before you head out to the Peninsula, remember that the Hood Canal Bridge is closed for repairs, so you'll need to take two ferries to Whidbey and Port Townsend if you're coming from the central Puget Sound region--or drive around south through Olympia and Shelton.

So...if you do make it to the Olympics, check out these trails for rhododendrons:
Duckabush River
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current trip report
Gray Wolf River
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current trip report
Mount Walker
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current trip report

Other classics are Tubal Cain Mine and Tunnel Creek, but these trails are still under snow and the bloom probably won't arrive until June.

If you get out on any of these trails, or others in the eastern Olympics, file a trip report and let us know how the rhodie bloom is doing this weekend!


its a bit early yet...

It's "Trillium Time" on Olympic trails right now. While some hybrid rhododendrons are blooming at sea level, I haven't seen any native R. macrophyllum yet. They are just starting to form buds on the lowest elevation trails.

The best display I've seen are on the first few miles of the Tubal Cain Trail in late June.

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Rod Farlee on May 19, 2009 10:56 AM