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.
This old root system is along the East Fork Quinault trail in the Olympic National Park. This is one of the prime Temperate Rain Forests … and a wonderful trail that crosses Anderson Pass to join up with the West Fork Dosewallips Trail … one of the most popular routes across the park.
I backpacked into Camp Pleasant for a night around the campfire. I love hiking by myself … but when I do, I tend to keep to trails I know well and don’t wander around off my designated route. The equipment you see is what I carried: about 23 lbs (including water … not including the Nikon D-850 around my neck). As I age (now at 72), the weight of the pack has become more important to my being able to continue to enjoy backpacking. Thankfully, technology has substantially reduced equipment weights.
This is one of my favorite sections of the North Fork Skokomish trail of the Olympic National Park. It’s about 6 miles in from the trailhead and has huge Big Leaf Maples and abundant Vine Maple.
I frequently hike the North Fork Skokomish trail in Olympic National Park. My first hikes there were in the ’60’s … and I hiked there often while I lived in Olympia (where it was the closest corner of the park from home). The photo above shows the trail along the first section which used to be roadway. It frequently washed out, so the trailhead was pulled back. Over the years it has been interesting to see the roadbed slowly change into what seems to be a trail. I say ‘seems to be a trail’ intentionally … compare it to the image below of a section of the same trail that was originally created in the 1890’s. This section is 6 miles from the trailhead… and never was roadway.