The Hamma Hamma River Valley

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Hamma Hamma River from Bridge

 

Its just Bruce & I again.  The girls went home on Saturday.  We have one more week in this area.  We’ll be moving to Point Angeles, Washington where we plan to keep exploring Washington and take the ferry to Victoria, British Columbia.  So we packed a lunch Monday morning (June 29th) and set out to see The Hamma Hamma Valley & River.  The Hamma Hamma Road begins at Hwy. 101 and travels more or less along the river until it abruptly ends at a 100 ft. long, very high steel & concrete bridge.  Most of the road is in the Olympic National Forest.  The last part of the road is gravel.

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Hamma Hamma Road

Our plan was to eat lunch by the bridge, then double back and take one of the trails along the road.  I’d like to know why this bridge was built only to become the end of the road, but no markers explained this.

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Bridge to nowhere

Hamma Hamma River Rapids Below the bridge

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Clean, clear water

 

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Pool of water beneath rapids

I wandered along the road to get some pictures of the wildflowers.

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Fireweed ( Chamerion Augustifloium)
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Light Pink Foxglove
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White Foxglove

 

 

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Dark Pink Foxglove with bee
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Pearly Everlasting – Anaphalis margaritacea

The Living Legacy Trail

We drove the jeep back towards Hwy. 101, then turned into the Hamma Hamma Campground, where we planned to walk the 1-1/2 mile Living Legacy Trail.

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Road inside Campground

This was 4th of July week and there was only one couple camping in the entire campground.  The spots were roomy, many could accommodate a large RV or 5th Wheel.  The only issue would be high branches hitting the top of the trailer. No one else was on the trail.  The Living Legacy Trail was built to commemorate the young men of the CCC’s who worked here during the 1930’s depression.  They had a camp in this area.  Bruce & I enjoyed the plaques along the trail, as both our dad’s were in the Conservation Corps as young men, my dad in Georgia and his in California.

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Young men of the CCC’s

This easy trail begins along the river which at this point is gentle and would be an ideal place to put a chair and sit with your feet in the cool water and read a book.

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So inviting!

Bruce was ahead of me.  These ferns were over my head, many reaching 6 ft.

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Bruce Foraging ahead

I always lag behind because I want to take pictures of the plants.  There were few flowers blooming here because there is not enough sunlight for them.  One though likes the shade, Smooth Alumroot which thrives here.

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Smooth Alumroot Heuchera glabra

Fungus and moss growing on a fallen tree.  One life done but now the tree sustains new life as the circle of forest life continues.

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Moss & fungus

The trail takes you to the Hamma Hamma Cabin, a three bedroom, furnished house which the forest service rents out at a very reasonable rate.  This lovely cabin was built by the CCC’s.  Young men learned on the job how bridges, buildings and tunnels were constructed (to name a few projects).  My dad worked as a carpenter years later using the skills he had obtained in the CCC’s.

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Hamma Hamma Cabin

I’ll finish here with this picture of the forest heights.

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Awesome!!!!