Hart Lake

Hart Lake with Mt Steel in the background

Hart Lake in LaCrosse Basin is another beautiful area in the Olympic National Park that is difficult to access. It is a couple days of hiking to get there … and, of course, another couple to get back out. With a day to enjoy the area, that makes a 5 day hike at a minimum. The remoteness means fewer people … a real bonus, as far as I’m concerned.

To illustrate the difficulty in access (besides the distance), below is an image I took of the fording of the Duckabush River (it’s lots bigger by the time it reaches it’s mouth). The water is icy cold and just below this area, drops over a falls.

Fording the Duckabush RIver

High in the Olympics

High in the Olympics

While I have been posting a lot of shoreline images lately, I really prefer the high country in the Olympics. Of course, this time of year, they are totally snowed in. One must dream of summer … although even in August, there is still snow.

And, even if snow-free, this area isn’t easy to access. You need to hike at least 15 miles to get to the trailhead.

(Please note the hiker on the trail in the lower left)

Beach Walk 2

Beach Walk and Sea Birds

Another sunny day at the beach in the middle of winter along the Washington coast. There’s nothing quite as nice as a winter beach walk in the sun.

Beach Walk

Beach Walk and Sea Birds

Beach Walk and Sea Birds

I sorta wish I knew who these two were, but I was shooting with a long lens and had no way to contact them. I’m sure they would have used this for their Christmas card, or something.

Sea Birds

Beach Walk

Beach Walk

A beach walk on a winter day on the beach at Kalaloch can be wet and windy, or you can get lucky and have a sunny day and mild weather. But there’s always stuff to see.

Oh, There it is!

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