Winter at Dodger Point Lookout

  Feeling sad and depressed because I haven't slept out in wilderness for a few weeks, went to town in the search of fulfilling my hiker chi.  Overhearing a conversation at the local outdoor gossip spot, a trail friend that I had originally met on the Skyline Primitive Trail years ago was soloing up into the snowy alpine as a night hike.  I took a chance and asked him if he wouldn't mind a hiking partner, because I was desperately seeking/dieing to get out.

  24 hours later we were night hiking in knee deep snow.  We had a mixed bag of weather with rain and wind moving in overnight.  Clouds never lifted enough for the breathtaking Bailey Range views, but it was good to be sleeping in the wild once again.

 This had the most cougar activity I've ever seen in one area in the Park.  Fresh cat prints everywhere as I zipped up my sleeping bag for bed.  Literally pitching my shelter on a set of mom and young print from just before we arrived.





Dodger Point Lookout
Exploring the Dodger Point lookout from camp. 





Dodger Point Lookout
Decided to climb up to the old WWII Dodger Point Lookout. 





Dodger Point Lookout
Cold rain all night. Knock - knock nobody is home. 





Dodger Point Lookout
Looking northeast. 





Dodger Point Trail
Walking toward nowhere.  





Dodger Point Trail
Headed back to which we came last night via headlamps.   Knee deep white stuff. 





Dodger Point Trail
Ludden Peak hiding in the clouds. 





Dodger Point Trail
Old Lake Mills & meadows west of Hurricane Hill, Pacific Northwest Trail alternate.  (top right) 





Dodger Point Trail
Familiar camp for some.  This is where Oliver and I turned around last year, because of triple the snow pack.  





Elwha River
After dropping 5,000', we were back down into the Elwha River Valley and out of the snow. 





Hurricane Ridge Webcam
Dodger Point area, seen from the Hurricane Ridge Webcam.  We seemed to of missed the weather. 






My Short Video





Revisited Dodger Point Lookout on a clear day, a few weeks later.  



Updated by Barefoot Jake in July 2015