Northern Olympics Loop

It’s been a couple of weeks since I have been out into the Olympics, so decided to do the big northern Olympics loop, starting at Obstruction Point, crossing through the Grand Valley, the upper Cameron, Lost Basin, the Upper Dosewallips, the Graywolf, and Obstruction Ridge. I have done this loop, or some variation of it, a couple of times, but it has been 9 years since the last time around. The plan is to spend 5 days on the trail, including a long stay a Cedar Lake. The last time I did it it took 6 days and kicked my tail. …

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A Five Pass Jaunt

I love being retired; I can go hiking just about anytime I want, especially during the week when the crowds are mostly working. I am prepping for my final leg of the PCT in August so felt like a challenging multi-day trip through the Olympics was called for. I went in at Staircase on Monday and up the north fork of the Skokomish, over First Divide and down to Upper Duckabush Camp for the night. Tuesday was up early and headed up the Duckabush to O’Neil Pass and then along the O’Neil trail to the Quinault, over Anderson Pass to …

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A Quick Trip Up the Elwha

It had been two whole weeks since I had been out into the Olympics so I decided it was time to pay a visit to the Elwha. The goal was to make it to Hayes River and base camp there for a couple of days with a day hike on up to Chicago Camp on day 2. It took a bit longer than planned to get up to Whiskey Bend but I was able to be on the trail a bit after 9:30. The trip up to Hayes River was uneventful and mostly pleasant, although I was having some issues …

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Dosewallips in Full Bloom

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 …

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Pulking up the Dosewallips

I have occasionally thought about spending some time in the Olympics during the winter months, but two things have always stopped me. I get cold easily, and I did not have a vehicle that could handle the snow. One of those problems was solved when my 25 year old pickup gave up the ghost and was replaced with one having 4WD. And the problem with cold was just going to have to be overcome. I hiked up the Deer Ridge trail a few weeks ago and spent the night up near Deer Park. And I have to say that it …

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Across the Olympics via Quinault and Dosewallips

As a part of my preparation to tackle a 500 mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail through the High Sierra in California, I decided to take a few days and hike across the Olympics. The original plan was to be dropped off at the North Fork of the Quinault, cross Low Divide, down the Elwha to Hayes River, over Haden Pass, down the Dosewallips, over Constance Pass and out the Upper Dungeness, a 5 day, 75 mile trip. Unfortunately the ford on the NF Quinault at 16 Mile was more than I was willing to handle, so I ended up backtracking and went up the East Fork instead, over Anderson Pass and out the West Fork of the Dosewallips.

A Journey Up the Elwha 2016

This past week I took a few days and hiked up the Elwha. Even with the extra 7 mile road walk each way, this was still a pleasant trip. Although if you decide to do it it is worth knowing that there is a temporary bridge across the washout, although when I went there is still the signage out for the ‘Access Trail’ that bypasses the washout.

Shakedown On the Dosewallips

I have been slowly working on getting ready for the Sierra portion of the PCT this summer. Got my heart fixed in February, started to run again in March, and back into the Olympics in April. And now, with only two months left to prepare it seemed like a good time to start using the equipment I will use in the Sierra.