Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

An Olympic task: Identifying our home mountains

First, find your reference peak


Mike Klay/

This illustration, looking west, shows the peaks and heights of many of the Olympic Mountains.

On a sunny afternoon in early May, I was at the Olympic Gateway Center up the hill from downtown Shelton. From the parking lot, you could see an immense, snow-covered, hulking presence to the north.

I entered The Shopper and asked a woman inside if she'd mind coming outside to look at something. We walked out to the parking lot and I pointed to that mountain. 

"You know the name of that mountain?" I asked her.

"I'm not sure," she said. "Mount Rainier?"

"No," because I knew that for sure. I turned and pointed east. "Mount Rainier is that direction."

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