Good source for driftwood, if you're athletic

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Forum topic by jcn posted 06-07-2010 08:23 PM 986 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 08:37 PM

Theres tons of wood on the cost of Oregon

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 08:39 PM

Maybe my thread is obvious to PNWers! :)

I’m from TN, so seeing that much wood stacked up for the taking was a bit of a shock for me.

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 11:12 PM

When I was a kid we used to roll the bigger logs back into the water (puget sound), grab a couple of sticks and paddle around on them like canoes. Then have a driftwood bonfire and make smores. Still piles of it washing up all the time.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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