by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)
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It is worth going into the 7 Lakes Basin, Clear Lake has only one camp spot...so enjoy the skinny dipping. The huckleberries are awesome in mid August, we did not see bears, but lots of droppings. Discussion with the rangers revealed no problems with bears. We saw no cougar, but did hear of some encounters, with positive results.We spent 4 days backpacking and saw many options for other camps that will make a future trip just as great.
What can I say? This is premier Washington State backcountry that can be enjoyed only as a backpack or 19-mile day loop, which several we met were doing. However, the beauty of Mt. Olympus, Mt. Tom, the Hoh valley and the 7-lakes basin should demand lengthy rest stops, swimming or bathing and animal viewing. We took five days/four nights with three easy out-and-back day trips and finished our week with a wonderful swim and lunch at the SolDuc Hot Springs resort. Weather was glorious (not always, I understand). Great trip!
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