Snow Camping in the Southwest Olympics

  A friend and I had some new gear to try for the 2014 hiking season, so we took them into the Olympic Mountains for a good testing.  The Olympic Mountains are one of the best places to test backpacking gear, it can be sunny skies one minute and start snowing the next; even in the summer months at elevation.  So we packed up our kit and headed off into a remote side of the Olympic Peninsula.

  Our route would us to a base camp in a less known lake and then spend 2 days peak bagging into nearby high points of this very rugged landscape.  It always a surprise to me how steep the terrain is on this side of the Olympic Mountains, but leaves a lover of Olympic Peninsula coming back for more torture.  

  The weather blocked our views during our first climb, but broke free the next morning; allowing for beautiful views during our next.  This side of the mountains is rarely photographed from the south.  Giving us a very remote peak into the Olympic National Park interior.  

  We had a 4 legged friend on this adventure in the Olympic National Forest; where dogs are allowed

  Come along on this adventure through photography and video. 

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Olympic Mountain lake in spring

Olympic wildflowers
Avalanche Lilies

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Weather turns in the Olympic Mountains

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Up in the rocks

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Relaxing in the sun

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Morning views; as the sun hits my shelter

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Second ascent to get a view

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Mountain Guide Dog

O'neal Peak
White Mountain, O'neal Peak, Mount Duckabush and Steel (left to right)

Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus peeks over the Skyline Primitive Trial

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Fire Creek drainage and Muncaster Mountain

Mount Christie
Mount Christie

Mount Meany
Mount Meany & Seattle peeks over Mount Lawson

The Valhallas
The Valhallas

Video from this Adventure 

Related: 4 day snow traverse in spring

Updated by Barefoot Jake in July 2015