“Climb Fossil Rock in Mount Rainier’s Shadow.”
Photo credit: Sydney Boyle.
From Thurston Talk:
“Tucked away in the Bald Hills of the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, one of the few rock climbing locations in the region sits quietly on Weyerhaeuser land. In the summer sun, only a handful of hikers and climbers make their way to this little known area, taking in views of Olympia, the Olympic Mountain Range, Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. The location, know as Fossil Rock near Yelm, should be a sought-after destination for locals hikers, rock climbers and those looking for an impressive view of the region, with minimal effort.
Most who venture up to Fossil Rock for the first time wonder why they haven’t been there before, as the views, hike and rock formations make it one of the more unique hiking destinations in Thurston County. The main reason few have heard of or explored Fossil Rock is that it is located on Weyerhaeuser land, making it inaccessible at times for those hoping to explore one of the views from this rocky cliff in the South Sound. Yet, despite the lack of popularity of this amazing region, it has been known by locals as one of the best hikes and rock climbing destinations around.”