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Olympic Natl Park 2002

We didn't get our plans finalized until the last minute, so we drove over early Saturday morning without a permit, thinking there was no way we'd get into the very popular 7 Lakes Basin/High Divide area and thinking we'd meet up with friends in the Elwha River valley. But when we got to the WIC, we were able to put together a 3-day trip--night one at Heart Lake junction, a few hundred feet above Heart Lake where the Heart Lake trail meets the high divide; night two at Hoh Lake, just down the south side from the high divide trail. (Intrepid readers will recognize this as a similar trip to the one I took in 2000. It's definitely worth going back more than once!) Both camps turned out to be excellent, with great views of Mt Olympus. Each evening we had fantastic weather, but each morning it was gray and rainy. (Monday proved to remain gray and rainy for most of our hike back to the car.) We saw 2 black bears eating berries on the slopes across Hoh Lake from our camp.

Olympus view from camp 1
Olympus View From Camp 1
This was the view of Mt Olympus from our camp night one, at Heart Lake Junction
Mt Olympus Sunset
Mt Olympus sunset
The view of Olympus from just above our camp night two, at Hoh Lake
Heart Lake
Heart Lake
Walking up the high divide trail on day 2, I turned and shot this picture of Heart Lake
Margret in flowers
Margaret in flowers
Margaret hikes up the high divide trail
7 Lakes Basin
7 Lakes Basin
The view down into the 7 Lakes Basin from the high divide trail
7 Lakes View
7 Lakes View
Margaret looks out onto 7 Lakes Basin from the high divide trail
Horses on High Divide
Horses on High Divide
We passed these folks a few times. This was on the high divide trail. Those black horses are huge!
Olympus View
Olympus View
The view of Mt Olympus from the high divide trail
Joel in Hoh Lake
Joel in Hoh Lake
Margaret shot me getting out of a chilly but oh-so-refreshing Hoh Lake swim. 2 black bears were eating berries on the other side of the lake.
Olympus Sunset
Olympus Sunset
Mt Olympus view from just above our camp at Hoh Lake
Saturday, December 4, 2004
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