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Showing posts with label dodger point. Show all posts

Elwha Trail Loop - Dodger Point Primitive Trail in Winter

 Trip Report from 1/4-5/14

 A friend had some time off work and was willing to go on a winter journey.  He has been day hiking with me now for 3 year, but has never done an overnight type trip.  It was time for him to step into the world of backpacking, even tho the conditions weren't what a beginner should really experience.  Temperatures ranged from 19 to 32 degrees through the trip.  Tho it was winter, could not pass up the chance to be in the alpine, the cold weather also made for pristine air quality.  This means no haze in the air for photography!

 This was my first overnight trip for 2014.  I was on a mission to get back to Dodger Point, last time the weather had us pretty much socked-in.  Olympic Mountains have a super low snowpack this year.  Happy to still be able and take advantage of that fact.  Could this mean early alpine season?

Olympic Hot Springs Road
8 miles from my door step, Mount Fitzhenry greats us into the Park. 

Winter at Dodger Point

Trip report of Dec. 14th - 15th. 

  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. 

Turning around in the Olympic Mountains

  Though a network of people I was introduced with a backpacker from the UK named Oliver.  After a few days of communication via email.  Expressed that he would like to have an unique Olympic National Park experience.  

  Myself always wanting to be outdoors in any condition; offered to join him on a little weekend adventure.  

  No modern man snow travel aids were used on this entire trip. (Snowshoes, Skies, etc.)

Elwha Trail
Light filters though the Elwha.

Returning to the Bailey Range - 30+ Days in the ONP Section 5

Start at the beginning of story?

  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