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White pines growing on a steep valley slope in eastern Pierce County. Dan Wilcox photo.

Wild Side: Deepest, darkest Pierce County

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Most of Pierce County has been dissected by streams, leaving high rolling uplands and "coulee" valleys with steep sides. The slopes are steeper and the valleys are deeper in the eastern and southern parts of the county. I call that territory "deepest, darkest Pierce County" because the sun doesn't shine for long in winter in many of those valleys.

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