Olympic National Park
all content copyrighted 2001-2002 Joseph Hull
Hikes, Scrambles, Climbs
Main Fork Dosewallips River to Dose Meadows and 1000 Acre Meadows
Sunday our Gang of Six hiked from the Dosewallips
River trailhead (watch out for clueless rangers trying to foist bear barrels
onto your backpack and keep you out of the backcountry) about 7 miles and
a thousand or so feet of elevation gain to our first camp at Deception
Creek. The trail goes up and down a bit, not too bad, mostly in mature
trees but occasionally some limited views. Not much to say about
Deception Creek camp; a privvy and established tent sites right along the
Monday we continued onward 5.5 miles and a couple1000 more
feet upwards to Dose Meadows, where we camped. More views, though
still limited, along this stretch. Some nice meadows along the trail,
especially at Cub Creek/Bear Camp. After setting up the tents, we
continued onward with light packs. The bridge over the Dosewallips
is gone, but we were able to scramble across, as the water was low (more
on this later). The trail switchbacks up towards a pass, with rocky
Sentinel Peak (a former fire lookout). When the pass comes in sight,
as you cross a small creek on a tiny footlog, veer left up the steep meadowy
hillside following a way trail to a spur ridge crest, then cross a meadowy
and marshy slope to the edge of 1000 Acre Meadow, which is very scenic.
EXCEPT, some BOZO decided to put his tent right in the middle of the meadow!
Camp in the trees, MORON. Lots of bear sign but no bears to be seen.
Tuesday it rained.
Wednesday it rained.
Thursday, in the rain, we hiked out, all the way
to the cars, where it was not raining, the sun came out, mocking us.
We had planned on camping in the subalpine zone
and doing a bunch of scramble climbs, but the weather kiboshed that.
With the water coming down the Dose, we would NOT have been able to cross
at the missing bridge. So we were stuck on the "good" side rather
than trapped. Many people were fleeing from the backcountry through
Dose Meadows camp. On Tuesday, a woman drowned trying to wade across
the Quinault River.