I took advantage of last week’s good weather and made a trip up the main fork of the Dosewallips. The trailhead for the Dosewallips has been pushed back another mile by the washout on Case Creek and it appears to be a permanent closure of the road at that point. As I headed up the road I encountered a trail crew on their way out. They had spent the past few days clearing the trail up to Deception Creek. That was my destination for the night so I was glad to hear that. Other than the trail crew and their pack train I met very few people, and none after the ranger station. The 15 miles to Deception Creek was pleasant and I enjoyed the walk. The campground is not in great shape, but I got my usual spot, hung the hammock and settled in for the night.
Thursday morning I set out to day hike up to Dose Meadows. I found the trail to be easy to follow but the going was a bit slow. There were close to 60 logs across the trail, including one that was a good 6 foot in diameter. The last half of the way also had quite a bit of patchy snow. Neither of these were a big deal, but did slow down the pace. I do think this was about the best time to be up there. The bugs were minimal, the flowers were marvelous, the views were stunning, the bears were out, and the people were not. The 11 mile round trip to Dose Meadows took most of the day, but I was not in a hurry and spent a lot of time gawking.
Packed up Friday morning and headed back down the river, meeting my wife just below the ranger station and walked the rest of the way out with her. All in all it was a very good trip and highly recommended.