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Deer Creek falls in the rain

The weather moved on Friday the 20th of July but the light rain only washed the green foilage along the trails of Mt. Rainier, making everything look clean and bright. The Deer Creek falls require only a short hike from highway 123 down to where Kotsuck Creek, Chinook Creek, and Deer Creek - - all join forces and take the name of Chinook Creek.


Chinook Creek doesn't get to keep its name very long before it is absorbed by the Ohanapecosh River, which in turns flows only a short life before becoming a part of the Cowlitz River. Creeks and Rivers don't keep their names and identity very long in the mountains.


The Ohanapecosh River


It keeps its name for about 16 river miles from where it emerges as a stream from under the Ohanapecosh glaciers (N46 50 4 W121 39 22 5,831') to where it joins the Clear Fork of the Cowlitz River near La Wis Wis campground. There it loses its name to the Cowlitz (N46 40 40 W121 35 6 1,230')


From the glaciers that form the river, near Indian Bar and Wauhoukaupauken waterfalls (I have never even tried to pronounce those falls though I have hiked by them a couple of times) to where the Ohanpecosh River joins up with Chinook Creek (N46 48 0 W121 33 35 2,320') is just six miles.


So those of you who like playing around on Google Earth, home in on the waypoints and it won't take much scrolling to see the entire river, start to finish.


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Taken on July 20, 2012