|Forum topic by jcn||posted 06-07-2010 08:23 PM||854 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-07-2010 08:23 PM
I went on a backpacking trip last week to Olympic National Park in WA.
There’s a trail along the coast from the Oil City trailhead. If you head north on that trail you’ll eventually come to a site called Mosquito Creek. It’s a heck of a tough hike this time of year, with shin-deep mud, some rope ladders to climb, etc. But right there on the coast where Mosquito Creek comes out into the ocean, it’s a treasure trove of beautiful driftwood. Just hundreds of pieces stacked up for gathering. Everything from pen blank size to entire trees.
I’m not sure what the species are. I know Sitka Spruce is the dominant tree in the area, but the driftwood there isn’t all from the same area. A lot of it is spalted.
I was able to gather a few small pieces, but I had my hands full with backpacking gear.
It’s only about 5 miles from the trailhead, so you could do it in a day. If you’re in good shape, you could probably walk out with a nice haul.
The park service allows the burning of driftwood, so I assume there isn’t a problem with gathering it in small quantities. Though it might be worth running it by a ranger first if you’re concerned.