Japan to Olympic Mountains Backpacking Trip

Join two hikers, as they spend seven days backpacking across the Olympic National Park. Our main goal was to hike from one end of the Park to the other, but being so familiar with the Olympic Mountains, I decided it would be best to do several detours; so that my friend could experience lessly known places on the Peninsula.

Walking Across the Olympic Mountains

 For this adventure, I'd be accompanied by the founder of Locus Gear from Japan. His company has designed the tent I use for the last few hiking seasons. He flew to Washington State to experience the Olympic Mountains for himself and would not leave disappointed.

 The basic logistics would have us walking from Dosewallips road to Quinault Rainforest. I had a friend drop us off at the trailhead to start our trip and then we would use public transportation to finish this grand adventure.

Come along on our seven day backpacking trip, told through photography and video.

(Day 1 through 3) Following the River to a Glacier

backpack dosewallips river
Evening on the Dosewallips river

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Tenkara Fly Fishing {affiliate link}

Camp Siberia Olympic
Old Shelter

Locus Gear
Camp for two nights

Locus Gear CTF3
Locus Gear CTF3 - Olympic Mountains

Mount Anderson Olympic
Evening reflecitons

quinault river source
The start of the Quinault River 

glacier camp
Good morning! - Day 3

Anderson Glacier Olympic
Walking to Anderson Glacier

Valkyrie Lake Olympic
Valkyrie Lake

white glacier olympic
Monkeying around

(Day 4) Walk to the Divide and to the Other Side

 The plan was to ascend a few 100' off the trail and use a mountaineering shortcut to get us to our next destination.  It proved to be too dangerous, so I suggested we turn back around and use the trail.  This made for a very long day to our next campsite.

O'neal Peak Olympic
One year anniversary 

Lake Quinault Olympic
Waters of Lake Quinault from the Olympic Mountain interior

O'neal Pass Olympic
Enjoying the view from camp

Locus Gear Khufu CTF3
Day 4:  All cozy for the night

(Day 5) Exploring Lakes in the Upper Basin

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Ending day 5

(Day 6) Glacier Hike and Follow the River Home

olympic mountain chalet
 Visiting a historic building - 14 miles left of the trip

(Day 7) Hiking Back Home to Lake Quinault

enchanted valley trailhead
Day 7:  Trailhead at the other end of the Olympic Mountains.  Road walk, hitch and bus still left to end this adventure.  Note: minimalist footwear wore and dirty feet.

Video of Our Olympic Mountain Adventure

Last updated in January 2017 by Barefoot Jake

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