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NORTHWEST BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL

Olympic National Park

ENCHANTED VALLEY: The Enchanted Valley is located in the southwest region of the Olympic National Park and follows along the upper reaches of the Quinault River drainage. This route ascends through a magnificent rainforest environment of giant firs, cedar trees, and a moss-draped canopy. The forest canopy is filled with huckleberries, vine maple and devils club. The riverside camps are located at comfortable sites with access to alpine waterfalls, trout fishing, and refreshing river pools. Bordering towering peaks, the Enchanted Valley was carved out by glacial action that has left a lush valley floor covered with grasses and alder groves. On the mountainsides, cascading water is heated by the afternoon sunlight and deposited into refreshing, warm pools. Wildlife is plentiful and includes deer, elk, bear, and ground squirrels.
Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft.
High Point: 2,800 ft.
Distance: 25 miles (round trip) Trip Length: 4 days / 3 nights
Season: June - August
Rating: Moderate

SKYLINE TRAVERSE: This highly scenic and strenuous ridge route crosses between the Queets-Quinault Divide in the southwest corner of the park. A primitive and remote area with wide expanses of country above the timberline. Elk congregate in the alpine meadows during the summer months while bears roam the slopes gorging themselves on ripening huckleberries. The ridge route provides splendid, unobstructed views of the Olympic Range as well as meandering through sub-alpine meadowlands. The trip culminates at Kimta Peak ( 5,400 ft ) where views of Mt. Olympus, the Pacific Ocean, and the interior of the Olympics are unsurpassed.
Elevation Gain: 4,900 ft.
High Point: 5,400 ft.
26 miles (round trip) Trip Length: 5 days / 4 nights
Season: June - August
Rating: Moderate

BAILEY RANGE TRAVERSE: Known as the High Divide, this route is located in the northwest corner of the Olympic National Park and is rated as one of the finest high country trips in the park. Not to be attempted by the novice. The approach follows the Soleduck River with moderate elevation gains before climbing to picturesque Heart Lake, a small valentine shaped tarn. Above Heart Lake, the route traverses below Mt. Carrie and makes an easterly course through the "Cat Walk". The sunrise and sunset views are breathtaking. The trip can be extended by exiting through the Elwah Drainage or returning through the Seven Lakes Basin.
Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft.
High Point: 5,500 ft.
Distance: 25 miles (round trip) Trip Length: 5 days / 4 nights
Season: June - August
Rating: Strenuous

HOH RIVER TRAIL: On the west side of the Olympics, the Hoh River travels from the Hoh Glacier on Mt. Olympus (7,965 ft) to the Pacific Ocean. The route provides a unique panorama of deep valley floors to snow covered peaks. The trip begins at the Hoh Ranger Station (580 ft.) and ends at Elk Lake (2,550 ft.). The fifteen mile trail traverses the river bottoms, gradually advances through the moss-laden rain forest and ascending to the rugged mountain ridges surrounding Mt. Olympus.
Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft.
High Point: 2,600 ft.
Distance: 30 miles (round trip) Trip Length: 5 days / 4 nights
Season: June - August
Rating: Easy


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