Camp Handy

Camp Handy Shelter

Camp Handy is in the Buckhorn Wilderness area of the Olympic National Forest on the Upper Dungeness. It’s about 3.4 miles in from the trailhead and a pleasant hike. That increases the number of folks that visit. When I was there … a small group of boy scouts showed up to fish the Dungeness River. Instead of camping in a spot off the meadow, I retreated back into the woods where there were several isolated camps (see below). I could walk 30 feet or so and be out in a small meadow (the bright area on the right side of the image). And, I couldn’t hear the scouts.

It was a good camp … only marred by the fact that my self-inflating air mattress had got a hole in it since I last slept on it. A big enough hole that it deflated in less than 10 minutes when I was laying on it. I used the sitting pad (on the log in the photo below) and instead of staying two nights, I only stayed one.

Camp Handy Woods Campsite
Found Rocks, Camp Handy, Olympic National Forest

Sitting around the Campfire

Sitting around the Campfire

I have backpacked more than I’ve camped out. But when you have back muscle spasms, backpacking just isn’t the best option for comfort. Then camping and dayhiking is a better option. It lets you bring a lot of luxury items like kerosene lamps, camp chairs and maybe a cooler with some adult beverages. Ya make do the best you can.

An Evening Stroll

An Evening Stroll

This is the abandoned car campground on the Dosewallips River. It makes a great spot to hike to and spend an evening or two while doing some dayhikes. It is also very interesting to watch the natural world reclaim the area. Stinging nettles are plentiful … that’s the majority of the ground cover in the near areas. But it makes a wonderful place to walk after dinner.

Fishing Trip

Cutthroat Trout

Earlier in my hiking life, I carried a fishing pole fairly often. One of the best trips I had was up into the Pasayten Wilderness in north central Washington. It was fairly lightly visited at the time and the fishing was good. I feel a little bit guilty now that I have changed my view on fishing (if I do any, it’s catch and release).

But on this trip the fish were biting as were the black flies. Using a black fly, the fish were striking fast and hard. We cooked the fish over our wood fire. just delicious.

Campfire

Three Prune Camp

Trail Sign to Three Prune Camp
Early Breakfast for an Early Start

Three Prune Camp supposedly got it’s name from an early Mountaineers party that camped there with their provisions reduced to 3 prunes. The camp is along a ridge between the North Fork Quinault and the Queets valleys in Olympic National Park. It was seldom visited, but is an excellent camp along the Skyline Trail, which provides dramatic views of the central Olympics from the south. There are more hikers up there these days, but it is still a remote area, a long ways from a trailhead.

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