Day 1 - Deer Park to Grand Peak
Started off getting dropped off at Deer Park by my GF. It was a sunny warm day and I knew I would go through lots of water. I didn't see a soul for the first 5 miles. After that I seen at least a pair of hikers every half hour. It was a popular day in the Grand Valley. I ended up running out of water for 3 hours. That Sucked.
Got woke up by little critters last night. In the morning there were little paw prints all over everything outside my head. Broke camp just as the bugs were waking up and started off just as the sun was coming over the Mountains.
Day 3 - Dose Meadows to Hayes River Rangers Station on the upper Elwha
Started off the day well rested. I slept next door to the bunch I knew from online. Had lots of conversation and breakfast. I set off for Hayden Pass.
I didnt sleep as well last night. I also didnt see anyone today. Ended up traveling for 12 hours up the Elwha, Low Divide, Martins Park and back to the Low Divide.
Day 5 - Low Divide to NF Quinault Rd
Woke up at Midnight to find that the dark clouds had gone away and the bright stars were out. This was a good sign. I arose to find a heavy due had fell and wanted to break camp before the bugs woke up that ate me alive the night before.
'My plan was that I was going to try to hustle the 17 miles down to the service road. Hopefully make friends with a day hiker and Hitch a ride back to Highway 101 so that i could catch the 4 o'clock Bus back to PA. My Plan B was to walk to the drive up campground below and try to Hitch to Highway 101 and Hitch Hike from there to Forks.'
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Overview: Pack Lighter, go back to stay the night in Martins Park and you should never Backpack alone. It is very dangerous game