Thanks to Sharon Schlentner of the Native Plant Society for pointing out Rhytidiopsis robusta or well-named Pipecleaner Moss, similar to Electrified Catstail Moss, but growing at a higher subalpine altitude.
"Straw moss" in Parish et al. 1996.
On the Notch Pass trail at 1,800 feet.
Common name of this moss is "pipe cleaner" moss. This is the first time I have seen it dry and it does look more like a pipe cleaner when it is dry. This moss is found above 1,000 feet in the Olympic and the mats get more and more lush as the elvation increases up to a certain point.
This was at 3,800 feet. Rhytidiopsis likes to grow above 2,000 feet. There was quite a lot of it up here.
I believe it is a kind of moss, but maybe it's too big to be a moss. This one really baffles me.
At about 1,500 feet this stuff starts to show up on the North Fork Skokomish trail.
I think this is the robust variety of moss that grows at higher elevations. I first noticed it at 1,000 feet and the higher I went the more of it I saw.
This picture was taken at 1,800 feet near the north end of Lower Lena Lake in the Olympic National Forest.
It rained and snowed all day long but I was able to stay nice and warm thanks to some glowing coals that had been left behind by some campers.