Abandoned Trails of Olympic: Litchy Creek

The abandoned Litchy Creek Trail starts near the Graves Creek Campground. The old trail runs in the Quinault river drainage and has been abandoned for a few decades. There has not been maintance on it since before I've been alive. You can find this route on very old USGS maps.

We found signs of old cross cut logs. These trees have multiple inches of moss on them and are well rotted through, it appears they were cut before the Park was established.

Our journey lead us through some steep and brushy forest. It seems, a few years back a windstorm swept dozens of old growth trees down. This lead to thick undergrowth and lots of down wood to navigate. The whole trip was a good workout tho! This kind of country, made you really respect the Olympic Elk.

Lichy Creek
In the jungles of Quinault

Ti Deuce of Spades (Backpacking Trowel)

The Tentlab Deuce of Spades is a small tool made out of titanium. The purpose of this device is to dig cat-holes in the backcountry for going poop. This trowel can be used for both hiking and backpacking. It is so light and small, that you can literally carry it in a small pocket.

 Practice Leave-no-Trace principles on your next hike or camping trip. It is very important that you hide human waste in popular areas. Who really wants to look at that when you are standing in such beautiful landscape? Don't be that person!

Use the trowel both ways for different soil densities. 

(Info) Mount Olympus, Washington State

Mount Olympus in Washington State (Wa) is at the heart of the Olympic Peninsula. It is has the tallest peaks in the Olympic Mountains. It's west peak is 7,980 feet above sea level. This one of the reasons climbing her such a unique experience, because the Hoh River Trailhead (approach trail) is in the 600 feet elevation range. That is a lot of up!

The mountain is literally surrounded by rain forest. Because of this, Olympus generally falls under heavy snow each winter. There are several receding glaciers that decorate its rock, which include Blue, Hoh, Humes, Jeffers and White Glaciers. All the glaciers mentioned are viewable from various places inside the Olympic National Park. Most take several days on or off trail to witness, but the effort is well worth it. Doesn't that sound amazing?

Did you know? A person can just see the top of Mount Olympus on the Hurricane Ridge Webcam! The Bailey Range blocks most of the mountain from view at the Visitors Center.

Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus from the Bailey Range

Podcast featuring Barefoot Jake

This spring have been featured in a local hiking podcast. You can listen to me articulate my love for the Olympic Mountains in a short interview. Additionally, I talk about backpacking adventures in the Olympic National Park and even some outdoor gear talk.

Hiking Podcast Feature