30+ Days in the ONP:
- Off Trails - Section 1.a
- Frog Hopping - Section 1.b
- Basin Slumber - Section 2
- Balancing the Passes - Section 3
- Alpine Bliss - Section 4
- Returning to the Baileys - Section 5
- Into Autumn - Section 6
We really been lucking out with our Hitch Hiking. The farthest we walking at one time was 3 miles of road. A few nice people still out there in the world when you need a hand. That is a good feeling.
With a Cheeseburger, Fries and a resupply in food on our backs. We started walking North this time for a change.
It however was still a little hard on me mentally; since there were no alpine views to be had for couple days.
Washington has been having such good weather. I was in dire need of an Olympics sunrise or sunset. In years past really had good luck in getting to see those.
|Looking into Mount Anderson|
|After a resupply and hitch back to the trail - this route would lead us up a river valley into Enchanted Valley, O'neal Pass, Lacrosse Basin, Hart Lake, Anderson Pass, Dosewallips River Valley and hitch out for a few days.|
|being lazy in Enchanted Valley|
|turning off to a side trip for a few days in Lacrosse Basin|
|enjoying views from Alpine Meadows|
|Crossing a few snow fields - with views of Mount Anderson - I later crossed these in my Huaraches|
|looking down the East Fork Quinault River Valley - from which we came|
|Crampons? Whats that?|
|1 of 2 Black Bear to be seen in the area|
|nearing O'Neal Pass|
|Black Bears like to use the Park signs as chew toys|
|A little off trail travel|
|Sunrise from camp|
|After my 'Mountain Repair' - day hiking in my Luna Leadville's - the discontinued original ATS laces broke on me after a few hundred miles of walking|
|Day Hiking around at Marmot, Hart and Lacrosse Lakes|
|Sunset from Shelter|
|passing through the wrath of a winter avalanche|
|would of been something to watch this come through the valley|
|Anderson Pass - crossing over from the Quinault to the Dosewallips side|
|saying goodbye to the Mountains|
|Black Bears sure like their play toys|
|Honeymoon Meadows on the Dosewallips|
|Dosewallips River dropping elevation|
|the bridge to nowhere|
|crossing through an old burn - walking down an abandoned service road - time to hitch hike again|
With 2 days of deep thought; decided that the route planned for the next few days was not the best option. Since we were 3 days ahead from the alterations a week before. This would of left me sitting around camp for 3 days so that we would meet our resupply on the 25th of August.
Plus the route we had plotted out would be backtracking for over 20 miles of the same area. I wasn't to motivated to cover the same ground for 6 days.
The thought of Pizza and Cheeseburgers also haunted my mind as motivation to leave the trail. Also haven't seen my son for a few weeks, so this would get me a chance to hang out with him as well.
If all goes well will spend the next 3 weeks in as much alpine as possible. Wouldn't even mind if it rained some; since got pretty cooked the last 15 days stretch.
To be continued........
Special Thanks to & Supported by:
- Volunteer's and the ONP Trail Crew's
- Rod Farlee
- Jay Landro
- Deborah Rigg
- Gossamer Gear
- Vibram Five Fingers
- Luna Sandals
- GoPro HD
- Cock-a-doodle Doughnuts in Port Angeles
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