Interior Olympics

Interior Olympics

This is the view from the Slab Camp trail looking SSE into the central Olympics.

Interior Olympics 2

This view is from a mile or so down the trail from the above. In this image you have a better view of the valleys coming together, close to meeting at Three Forks on the Gray Wolf River.

The valleys are the Lost Creek, Cameron Creek and Gray Wolf River.

Both images are composites of several frames … with the final file running over 130MB.

A Brushy Trail

A Brushy Trail

There is a huge backlog of trail maintenance in most of our National Parks from years and years of underfunding. Another national shame.

The trail here is still easy to follow and just down valley from us was a volunteer team from the Washington Trails Association cutting back the brush from the trail. (While observing all social distancing requirements)

Dayhike

Into the meadow areas
The Press Party Point
Return to Camp

After two days of hiking with our full packs, we enjoyed a day of hiking with minimal weight. We spent a few hours hiking up the valley into the meadow areas created and maintained by winter avalanche activity. It was late enough in the year that the only flowers were those growing in moist areas along streams … or a few scattered columbine here and there.

The Press Party Point (final image) is our reference to one of the iconic photos from the Press Party Expedition … one of the first (non-native) traverses of the Olympic Mountains back in the 1890’s.

Mist Coming up the Dosewallips

Mist Coming up the Dosewallips

Starting the final day’s hike of a 32 mile, 5 day backpack trip into the Olympic National Park up the North Fork of the Dosewallips River. It had been sunny the previous 4 days, but just after we started our hike out the mist and clouds blew up the valley. Fortunately, I had my camera slung across the body and not in my pack. A cross-body sling (I use a BlackRapid), keeps the camera at your side above your hip and not bouncing off your chest at each step.

Looking Towards Cat Peak and Mt Carrie

Looking Towards Cat Peak and Mt Carrie

This shot was taken along the Cat Basin Way Trail. It is hard to spot the two different peaks, Cat Peak is lower and is sitting directly in front of Mt Carrie. This is a spur trail off the High Divide Trail in the Olympic National Park …. it runs across the ridge to access Cat Basin and the northern access to the Bailey Range backcountry.

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