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Norse Peak Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

Located just northeast of Mount Rainier National Park lies the 52,294-acre Norse Peak Wilderness. Down the western slope of the Cascade Range, you will find a forest of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and cedar shading a lush understory of ferns and mosses. To the east, this dense forest gives way to mountain hemlock, subalpine fir, and meadows of wildflowers before dropping down to drier country dotted with larch, spruce, and pine.   

The Norse Peak Wilderness was protected in 1984 by the Washington State Wilderness Act. Washington Wild was founded in 1979 with the mission to build a local grassroots movement to protect Wilderness areas throughout Washington. After five years of advocacy and organizing, the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 marked the organization’s first major victory. 

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