This is the Slab Camp trail east of Deer Park in Olympic National Park. One of my favorite high country trails … partly because the trail starts at over 5000′ … so you don’t have to lug your camera equipment up all that way.
The subalpine areas of the Olympic National Park are not easy to access, except for two locations where roads run up to over 5000′: at Hurricane Ridge and at Deer Park. The road to Hurricane Ridge is two lane, paved the whole way and open year round (weather permitting … and usually only on the weekends during the winter). The Deer Park road is narrow, winding, gravel and closed once snow begins to fall. Both areas have trails that you can hike. This is the view from along the Slab Camp trail, running east from Deer Park.
Typically, I convert an image into black and white using one of Lightroom’s presets or B&W profiles as a starting place. In this case, I used the local adjustment tool and desaturated the whole image, then switched to erase mode and removed the desaturation from the foliage on the riverbank. The desaturation technique is pretty much a blunt instrument approach: it doesn’t provide the fine tonal adjustments that are available using other techniques. However, this image didn’t require a lot of fine adjustment.
This the the Dosewallips River at the point where the road was washed out several years ago. There is a trail bypassing the washout that runs above through the woods… however, when the river is low the trail along the bank is quicker and doesn’t involve climbing up a hundred feet or so.
After a couple of days of hiking up the valley, we returned to the abandoned Dosewallips Campground on our way back to the trailhead. While the campsites that are close to the river are used fairly frequently, those areas away from the river are overgrown and in a state of decay. The middle photo shows the remains of the road running through the camp … just a trail now.
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.