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Re: Olympic Peninsula Pics

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avatar Olympic Peninsula Pics
August 06, 2014 07:17PM
Last week (and earlier...) I backpacked in Washington's Olympic Peninsula, a coastal hike from Ozette to Yellow Banks, and a hike from the East Fork Quinault over Anderson and La Crosse Passes. It had been raining as I drove into Washington, but the rains stopped and I had dry weather the entire time.

Before hiking along the coast I stayed on Lake Crescent. Daytime picture:

And at sunrise:

Coastal hike pictures...


View towards Cape Alava, the western-most point in the 48 coterminous states:

...and at sunset...

There is a headland just before (north of) Yellow Banks which can be rounded, under what "Custom Correct Maps" considers normal conditions, with tides below 5 feet. Otherwise there's a tunnel which I didn't want to bother with for reasons this picture makes clear:

In between backpacking trips...Lake Quinault:

And pics from the Quinault Valley, Anderson Pass/Peak, La Crosse Pass, etc.

Rain forest:

Enchanted Valley:

Unnamed waterfall, on unnamed stream, heading towards Anderson Pass:

Mt. Anderson and Anderson Glacier:

Mt. La Crosse:

From some rocks above La Crosse Pass, Mts Steel and Duckabush, and the Duckabush Valley:

Mt.. Anderson, from La Crosse Pass:

Re: Olympic Peninsula Pics
August 07, 2014 09:44AM
Love the mountains rising from sea level... And people wondered why I had a hard time acclimating for Mt. Whitney a couple years ago. "Why not use the high elevation mountains in Alaska?" Well because I regularly climb 4-5,000 foot elevation gain mountains but rarely, if ever, go over 6,000 feet. Anything over that and it is no longer "hiking" but instead real "mountaineering".
avatar Re: Olympic Peninsula Pics
August 07, 2014 08:09PM
I've wilderness-camped three times in Alaska - Glacier Bay (sea level), Prince William Sound (sea level), and Katmai's Valley of 10,000 Smokes (about 1,500-2,000 ft.).

The Olympics top out less than 8,000', and have glaciers because their winters are so wet.
avatar Re: Olympic Peninsula Pics
August 12, 2014 12:29PM
I have got to get up there sometime. It's always sunny like that...yes?
avatar Re: Olympic Peninsula Pics
August 12, 2014 01:07PM
I may be lucking out this summer. My Nelson Lake weekend backpack in July came during a two-day break in monsoon thunderstorms. Then this trip...

Quinault Ranger District Climate Normals
avatar Re: Olympic Peninsula Pics
August 12, 2014 06:15PM
Nice...bought any lottery tickets recently?
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