Olympic Forest River in Autumn

Autumn hues of vine maples are reminiscent of an impressionist painting along the Sol Duc River in Olympic National Park. The river draws fishermen enticed by such species as Coho salmon, which fight through rapids, swimming more than 50 miles upstream to their spawning grounds. Rivers receive twelve feet of rain each year, which supports Sitka spruce, western hemlock, vine-maples, ferns, and the thick mosses covering the forest floor.