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Summerland - Panhandle Gap — Saturday, Sep. 19, 2009

Mount Rainier Area
Bear crossing log footbridge
A great, easy 4 miles on a wonderfully maintained trail to beautiful meadows under Mt. Rainier. Wildlife galore--there were bugling elk, marmots posing for photos, and even a bear. The bear was nonplussed to meet us on the trail, and he kindly stepped aside before rejoining the trail behind us, using the log footbridge, and heading up the switchbacks on the other side. Everyone enjoys a well maintained trail! There is a bit of fall color right now but not much yet.
Bera avoiding us by going off trail around us

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