Bailey via Dodger Point | Barefoot Jake: Hike Olympic Mountains

Bailey via Dodger Point

  Last year, while backpacking Solo Across the Olympic National Park a nice man picked me up hitchhiking.

  During the 4 hour car ride back to Port Angeles.  We exchanged hiking stories and email addresses.

  Through the year we exchanged several messages and started planning for a late summer adventure into the Bailey Range.

  He expressed that a trip with his wife through Montana and variable weather would leave the dates flexible.

  The last email exchanged a few days before we hit the trailhead expressed that I had just returned from this area on a Solo Trip.

  He was ready to go since the weather window looked really promising.

  I of course was all ready to go back.  This time on a mission to find Autumn color and shoot some video.  Not walking such long days would also allow me time to enjoy some beauty in the heart of the Olympics.

  So off we set with a few days worth of food on our backs.  He being a traditional backpacker with a big load and heavy boots.  Me with a recently field stripped pack which put me at an 8 lbs base weight and minimal Sandals.  My VFF's were also worn for the sections of rock scrambling.

  Together, with one goal: to arrive into the Bailey Range, explore Ferry Basin and go look for Olympic Elk in Cream Basin.






Dodger Point
Last Sunset for the summer of 2012.  The next morning an Autumn frost fell like clockwork.  Views of Stephen Peak, Ruth Peak, Mt. Carrie and the Northern Bailey Range





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Out and Back to Ferry Basin - day hike around the basin and swim at Cream Lake - 5 days






long ridge trail
Autumn colors with view of Mt. Carrie 






dodger point
Calm reflections






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As the sun sets - views of Stephen Peak







dodger point to mount ferry
Old boot-path through Autumn color







mount ferry
heading out to Mt. Ferry - views of Lone Tree Pass (left)







lone tree pass
Higher on Mt. Ferry - views of Mt. Pulitzer and Lone Tree Pass







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Starting to get steep heading up Mt. Ferry







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Time to scramble up this loose rock on Mt. Ferry






Mount Pulitzer
Taking a break - views of Mt. Pulitzer 







Mount Pulitzer
Walking - views of Mt. Pulitzer







lake Pulitzer
Heading around Lake Pulitzer







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Melting Lake Pulizer







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Looking back at Mt. Pulitzer 







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Walking toward the sun






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Looking down at Upper Ferry Basin







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View from camp







Ferry Basin
Sundown at camp - views of Mt. Olympus







cream lake
Cream Lake







herb crisler
Found Herb Crisler's cache tree 







trail food
Above camp, out of the sun.  Snack - sailor cracker, Almond Butter, Honey and Reese's Pieces.







bailey range footwear
Luna Leadville Pacer w/ MGT Upper on the Bailey Range







mount ferry
Climbing Mt. Ferry's backside - walking on razor sharp rocks in Sandals







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Photoshoot on Mt. Ferry







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One last look back - views of Mt. Pulitzer and the Southern Bailey Range







dodger point lookout
Checking out the Dodger Point Lookout







next door gastropub
Victory adult beverage and burger from a local establishment. 








  My only complaint was the lingering haze from all of the wildfires in eastern Washington.  Other than that, everything went super smooth. No rain, no bugs, no stress and epic sunsets.  I foresee future trips with Steve again.






Related: Bailey Range Traverse





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Special Thanks to & Supported by:

  • Volunteer's and the ONP Trail Crew's
  • Rod Farlee
  • Jay Landro
  • Deborah R.
  • Nivaun
  • ExploreOlympics.com
  • Cock-a-doodle Doughnuts in Port Angeles



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Disclaimer/Comments:  One should train their feet for some time for this type of trail conditions.  
  Biking, Hiking or Backpacking in Minimalist Footwear takes strong feet.  Since as we aged wearing shoes have lots most of our natural foot muscle. Give you body time to adjust to this type of Footwear before attempting anything you see on this Site.