Solo Across

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the following are straight out of my Journal 

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.
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  I mad it to Grand Peak 2 hours before sundown. Just in time to eat and watch the Sun go down. I'm the only one up here besides for 2 Mountain Goats that I scared off.

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Day 2 - Grand Peak to Dose Meadow
 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.

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  Descending I found myself in a Basin surrounded my whistling Marmots. The trail was narrow and rocky. My feet and body are tired.

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  The best views were all the way from Lower Cameron Basin to Lost Pass. One could spend a year in Photography in those areas.

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  It was a warm day today and i drank around 9 liters of water. The bugs at me alive too. A few hours before dark I arrived at Dose Meadows. Where low and behold was a camp full of hikers I knew from the internet.

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.

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  It was a gradual climb I reached the finial 500; where I encountered 3 x 100' snow fields. The snow was soft and i made use of my Ice Axe to help keep my balance. Th view from the Pass was very lovely.

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  So if Bigfoot existed?! He would live on the descent from Hayden Pass to Elwha River. What a LONG ass 9 miles. Side hilling the whole way. Mix of high flower filled meadows, swamps and pine needle Forest.

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  I arrived 2 hours before dark to find Hayes River Ranger Station completely empty. No other Rangers and No other Backpackers to be found. So i choose a plush side on the Elwha River where i took a much needed Bath.

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Day 4 - Elwha to Martins Lakes/Low Divide
  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.

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  I was going to stay up at Martins Lakes, but not having a weather forecast, visually looking at dark clouds and feeling the temp drop. So my gut told me that it was going to Rain. I hope I'm wrong. I didnt want to get caught scrambling down this narrow section of trail in the middle of a Storm.

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  I'm staying at a sweet spot on a gravel bar on the Low Divide. Tomorrow across the '16 mile Ford' and if I cant make a hiker friend. I'm going to hold up on a Gravel Bar to have a fresh day of Hitch Hiking.

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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  So off i set descending the Quinault River side of the Park. Was a narrow, rocky and rolling trail. Lots of streams, waterfalls and sections where it looked like millions of gallons of water came down. So much water comes down into that section of valley, ripping earth apart with such a force. I would not want to be up there in the winter when it storms, thats for sure.

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  I came to the part of the River Ford that everyone had been talking about online and had me worried in the back of my mind for weeks. That there was a small chance I could get stuck on the other side for a day if a storm hit and river level rose. Even tho there was a Log I could shimmy across, I decided for the standard route. The water was Ice Cold, even more cold than the Elwha River. The rocks were super slimy and I was glad I had on my VFF for a good grip. On the south side of the River the water was the deepest. It camp a little above my knee camps and it felt like a burden was lifted when I made it across safe.

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  Continuing down the Valley I didnt see my first Backpackers till around 8 miles left. That was the first Backpackers I seen for 3 days. I greeted them shortly and continued on since I was on a time schedule. 3 miles left I talked to one pair of day hikers that told me there wernt many cars in the parking lot below. That made me sad, but I told myself that I should never give up and continue on anyways. I made it to the Trail Head 15 minutes later than what i set as a goal that morning in the Low Divide. I snapped this picture, used the nearby Restroom and started walking briskly down the Road.

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  I arrived at the lower Campground to find the whole place empty. So I decided to sit by a near log that was lying next to the road to do some thinking and i was exhausted. Not shortly after I sat down, low and behold a lone hiker appeared walking down the road from the Skyline Trail Head just down the Road. After a short conversation I asked him for a lift to Highway 101 and he told me that he was going back to Port Townsend. So he could drop me off in Port Angeles on his way through. How is that for some LUCK? I was very thankful and I always will be.

 Full Blog of Pictures HERE

  Overview: Pack Lighter, go back to stay the night in Martins Park and you should never Backpack alone. It is very dangerous game