Found Photographs

Thousand Acre Meadows

I recently upgraded to a new computer with a much larger SSD. That allowed me to put my archived photos inside my Lightroom catalog. That let me easily go through the archive and see if I had changed my mind on some of the images. Some of them went back years, so it had been a while since I had really taken a good hard look at them. As a result, I found a number that I had no idea why I had put them in the archive catalog.

This image is an example of that. The original image was very low resolution (taken many years ago) and it looks pretty ‘soft’ now. But it’s lovely, just the same. The location is in the Olympic National Park, on the ridge between the North Fork Dosewallips and the West Fork, above Thousand Acre Meadows, just below Hayden Pass. It isn’t visited frequently, since it is over 20 miles from the trailhead and you are traveling off trail.

High Country Meadows

The Rough “Trail” to Martin’s Park

Some spots in the high country are easier to get to than others. The ones that are easy to get to tend to be crowded. The ones that are harder to get to are … well, harder to get to. The result is that there typically are a lot fewer folks and the impact is less. That also means the trails tend to be rougher … or sometimes look nothing like a trail so much as a track through the meadows. Martin’s Park is one of those … it sits in a remote portion of the Olympic National Park with a minimum of a 16 mile hike to get there (and that’s the short route). There are quite a few folks that hike close to it … it sits near the Low Divide, on one of the main routes for those wishing to traverse the Olympic Park. The crossing now runs just about 50 miles … so those doing the hike tend to not have a lot of extra time for side trips. It’s beautiful country, though.

Trail through Martin’s Park
Stream and Flower Garden
Rock and Flowers 1
Rock and Flowers 2

Trail Views

Trail View, Entering a Meadow

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.

View from the Slab Camp Trail

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.

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