Hiking Olympic National Park
by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)
© 2015 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
One Highlight for the group that I guided on this extended backpacking trip (10 Days) Was the ascent of Mount Cameron. We set up a base camp at cameron basin and from there we were in good position to access the summit by following the ridge from the top of cameron pass. It was a 4 hour round trip covering a distance of about 4 miles with a half hour on the summit. I would highly recomend this trip as opposed to the peak to the northwest of the pass. Amazing views, fairly easy scrambling and an easy route to follow. Plus, the camping in cameron basin is great. Nice alpine experience. An easier finish to this trip would be to keep heading south to lost pass and down to Dose Meadows and out the Dosewallips, instead of returning the way you came in.
WOW - what a hike !! We went from Obstruction point near Hurricane ridge - by Grand Lake, over Grand Pass, through the Cameron basin over Cameron Pass and Lost Pass to Dosiwallops - and then out to the cars on the Dosiwallops. There was a little snow we crossed without a problem on Cameron Pass (no special equipment needed). High points were the animals (deer in camp), wistleing marmotts, no bear sitings - but many signs of bear - and the views from the passes. From Cameron pass we hiked the peak .3 miles east and saw Mts. Rainier and Baker. Be warned there is considerable up and down on this hike - have good boots !! Also - the flys were a nuscence - but the mosquetoes were not to bad. There was good water supplies also.
Anyway - we did this with (9) scouts aged 12-15 - and they did great. We hiked 18 miles the (4) day from Dosiwallops Meadow to the washout in the road 5 miles before the Dosiwallops Ranger station !!
A great hike - great views - great time. Make sure your boots fit well. WOW !!
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