Forest Road 8430

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Mt. Rainier, and pretty much everything in between, was obscured by low clouds when we got up on our first morning at camp in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Over the course of the day, however, the clouds cleared and our wonderful mountain view returned.

We were camped along Forest Road 8430, that extends several miles farther into the woods. But the passable route ends not far from our camp, so we didn’t see many other vehicles or people here. In the afternoon, we explored up to the end of the road and beyond for some great views east across the forest.

It’s hard to beat that Mt. Rainier view from our camp though. We cooked steaks for dinner on our new “camp grill” and watched as the last rays of sun hit the mountain in the evening.

Below are highlights from Sept 3, 2022. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a map with our most recent log entries always is available at

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Morning View
The view from our truck as we got up this morning. With the low clouds we can hardly see the trees beyond our campsite, let alone Mt. Rainier.
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We can easily go a night at the campsite without charging our EcoFlow mobile battery, or even two nights when we’re not using Starlink. But we’ll be here for at least two nights and are using Starlink, so need to charge the EcoFlow.
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Mountain Top
The tip of Mt. Rainier appeared above the clouds around noon.
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Looking back to our campsite along Forest Road 8430 in Gifford Pinchot National Forest as we set out on a hike. The sky is clearing, but we still can’t see much of the mountain yet.
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NF 8430
Walking south along Forest Road 8430 from our campsite. The way is very overgrown a short distance beyond our camp, with a rockslide not far after that.
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James pushing through some thick woods to reach a potential viewpoint.
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A steep cliff with a nice view to the south.
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Taking in the view south across the Berry Creek valley in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Packwood Brewing Co is calling, so we’ll be heading out through the valley towards Packwood on our way home from camp.
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Pearly Everlasting
Pearly Everlasting growing on a sunny south-facing slope, with some Pink Monkeyflower added to the mix.
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Mt. Rainier
The mountain was almost completely out from the clouds by the time we returned from our hike.
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Grilled Steaks
Cooking steaks for dinner on our new grill pan. They came out wonderfully, among the best we’ve ever made, even barbecuing. We’re super-impressed with the pan and love being able to grill at camp without having to carry a separate barbecue.
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Mt. Rainier disappearing behind the clouds again.
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A final evening view to the mountain, a little more visible than earlier.
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