Nature Notes

Vol. VI September 15, 1928 No. 6


Those of you who enjoy nature, unspoiled and unmarred by the hand of man, will be glad to learn that several large areas within Mount Rainier National Park have been definitely set aside as "Wilderness Areas"--regions that will forever be free from human exploitation. This wilderness country includes the entire northern section of the Park as well as three of the most beautiful regions on the West Side--Indian Henry's Hunting Ground, Klapatche Park, and St. Andrews Park. To enjoy the wonderous natural beauty of these regions one will have to resort to ride horseback over trails or see it like the Marines saw the world--on foot. After all the real beauty spots of any region are rarely reached in any other manner.

The action of setting aside these areas is a result of unified action on the part of the Mountaineers, a Seattle and Tacoma Mountaineering Club. Their recommendations met with whole-hearted cooperation of Superintendent Tomlinson and was subsequently concurred in by Director Stephen T. Mather.

The National Park system, created for the enjoyment of the people, provides for roads for those who care for but a hurried visit but as "over civilization" of the rugged grandeur of these Parks oftentimes ruins their appeal this type of development is held to a minimum. The mountain trail, with a good pair of hob-nailed boots as the sole source of power is the way to SEE Mount Rainier and our other Parks. At present most of this Park is really "wilderness" but as the travel increases areas similar to those just established will be included to keep the Park in its virgin state.


sketch of black bear

Perhaps you like huckleberries. We do too! The other day while roaming about the hills along the Nisqually Glacier Canyon through great patches of this wild fruit we found another who evidently enjoyed these berries as much as we did. After partaking of generous helpings he proceeded to take a bath in a small pool, cavorting about unmindful of our presence. Finally he spied us and perhaps sensing some sort of embarrassment at being observed in that manner, gave us a glassy stare and rushed dripping into the deep woods.

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