Autumn: Seven Lakes Basin Loop

Winter is on its way... I brainstormed about a last high country route I could get in before the snow started falling in the Olympic Mountains.  I saw patch of clear days in the weather report and decided to make my way up the Sol Duc.  Seven Lakes Basin in fall provides breathtaking alpine views, vibrant autumn colors, plenty of opportunities to see wildlife, and more solitude on this popular summer loop.  Plus we got to chomp on the last of the berries for the season ;)

Mt Olympus Olympic

Bedrock Sandals - Gabbro 2.0 Review

Hiking review of the Bedrock Sandals Gabbro 2.0.  Field tested around the Olympic Peninsula in muddy autumn conditions.  I've been a fan of Bedrock Sandals so I was excited to try out their new Gabbro 2.0 model.

Bedrock Sandals Gabbro Review

Backpacking Quinault: Autumn Rains

Backpacking Quinault Rainforest late autumn, during record setting rains on the Olympic Peninsula. This overnight trip into the Olympic National Park was a perfect chance to test survival skills; well as new overnight gear. I even did some backcountry fishing; despite the river being 'blown out' and running fast.

 The trail in was mostly flooded on the way in, because of all the rainfall in the month of October - November. This made for interesting walking; knee deep freezing cold water in places.

I was joined by a old friend from this city.  This was his first backpacking trip, ever.  I'm certain this adventure will never be forgotten in his mind.

backpacking quinault

Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula: Gear List

  This is my suggested list of gear used for hiking around the Olympic Peninsula. Variations to adventure can be cycling, hiking, fishing, mushrooming or photography.  There are a lot of variables to building the your perfect list; including season, weather forecast and/or trip goals.  Consider starting with a base list and then customize it to your needs. 

Olympic Gear list

Ten Essentials & Suggestions

  • Sun and rain protection  -  Umbrella

  • First-aid  -  Kit

  • Extra Food  - Candy bars, ect.

  • Hydration  - Filter attached to large recycled water bottle

Need something to put it all in? This is the pack I use.

Did I miss something?  Have a question about this list?  Leave questions or comments below. 

Gossamer Gear Air Beam Sleeper Review

The Gossamer Gear Air Beam Sleeper (3/4 regular) is the perfect solution for lightweight backpacking.  Giving the ability to shave a few ounces off your back; without giving up a comfortable night's sleep.  This is especially nice for trips where you could be faced with sleeping on various terrain types.  It has helped me sleep soundly on everything from razor-sharp scree to river gravel bars in the Olympic Mountains.

Gossamer Gear air beam sleeper review

Backpacking across Olympic National Park

  Walking across the Olympic National Park from the north near Hurricane Ridge.  We would backpack south through the Olympic Mountains using a custom route.  Our path would include 2 days of off trial travel, intersect the Pacific Northwest Trail for a full day, sleeping on the shoulder of the Bailey Range and then continue southbound into the Quinault Rainforest; using a mostly high route.   

Join our 10 day adventure, told through photography and video.

Editors Warning: Map reading, route finding and compass required. Several of the days include a traverse that require basic mountaineering skills.  It is not suggested for someone that does not feel comfortable with exposer or leaving a trail.

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter
Lake Lillian Olympic
Second day off trail

Bailey Range: Stephen Basin

Join us while we traverse a section of the Bailey Range for 5 days. This backpacking trip took us into some of the best country the Olympic Mountains have to offer. Walking the divide between the Hoh and Elwha valleys, Olympic National Park. Stunning views of Mount Appleton, Mount Olympus, Mount Carrie, Stephen Peak, Mount Ferry, Mount Pulitzer, Mount Scott, Mount Dana and even motor vehicle traffic viewed on Hurricane Ridge.

  Editors Warning: Map reading, route finding and compass required. This traverse has several points where a fear of heights is not welcomed. There are also several bad gully crossings; a slip would be fatal. Rock scrambling and glacier travel skills are also required.

Bailey Range Traverse
Day 1:  Bailey Range Traverse