Queets Basin has a three day approach with the route we chose. Being that remote in the Olympic Mountains, really lets a person enjoy the glacier carved landscape that much more. The steep and rocky terrain, really makes carrying professional camera gear a challenge. I will forever cherish these adventures for a lifetime, though my own documented images.
The moonscape basin is a huge area for the solitude motivated hiker to explore. It was created by receding glaciers and erosion from sometimes permanent snowfields in higher elevations. The Olympic Peninsula is in a record setting drought, so this gave us a chance to walk the higher elevations snow-free and photograph things that are usually buried under feet of snow year around.
The only disappointing factor of this backpacking trip, was the low amounts of wildlife that were seen at higher elevations. My guess, it was a direct affect of the record drought. There was no food sources in the mountains, this late in the season. Im sure there is a lot of hungry animals in the valleys, trying to find a food source before winter.
Warning: Land navigation, map and compass reading skills necessary for this hike. Previously, a backpacker could use the Elwha Snow Finger, which is described in the Olympic Mountain Climbers Guide. This is no longer possible because of the lack of permanent snowfields. The experienced hiker must through, up and around the Snow Hump to stay safe. Being inside the narrow Elwha hallway, leaves the hiker exposed to rock fall; which could be fatal.
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