We had planned to leave early and hike the Naches Peak trail before finding a campsite but didn’t wake up until 8:30! So we bagged that plan and decided to just have a leisurely morning and then drive on the Ohanapecosh Campground, base ourselves there, within striking distance of Naches Peak, Sunrise and Grove of the Patriarchs. We found a nice campsite and were able to book it for 3 nights. Coming up on Labor Day weekend I don’t know how easy it will be to keep the site over the weekend but we will figure that out later.
We settled in, had some lunch and took a nice hike up through virgin forest to Silver Falls, a 3-mile loop right out of the campground. I decided to lug my tripod and camera and water figuring it was only 3 miles. I quickly realized how out of shape I am. While the trail only gains 400 feet by the time I reached the top I was beat the only thing that kept me going was the sheer beauty, with a moss carpeted floor and a canopy of vine maples dazzling with the sun streaming through the trees and the lime green leaves and then there was the waterfall at the midpoint of the hike. We spent a fair amount of time at the falls where I used the tripod for some slow speed shots of the falls. It was magnificent.
We returned to camp in time for dinner and then a walk around the campground to work out the kinks. It was early to bed.