Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Very well maintained trail thru some pretty
neat old growth forest areas (mostly after Big
Hump). Big Hump is a fairly strenuous ascent, especially with gear for 4 days and
trail maintenance tools. I'm not ashamed to
admit it hurt me a bit last fall. Spring seems to be running late this year in the Olympics. Look at the elevation chart. The review claims that rhodies
are seen in May. Saw precisely one, and
other trails seem to be running a bit late this year.
Very nice trail - perfect for a busy holiday weekend. Great for a simple overnighter with beautiful Olympic Peninsula forest views, the roaring Duckabush River, and several dandy lookouts.
I have never seen a trail so well-maintained! While Five-Mile Camp was full (as well as the next large camping sight), also know that a few steps beyond the second Five-Mile area, there is a nice 2-person camp site just below the trail. There doesn't seem to be much after that (except Ten-Mile Camp...).
While I usually prefer mountain peaks to mossy forests, I thoroughly enjoyed this hike and recommend it to anyone looking for a short out-and-back.
It was a beautiful, well maintained trail. AS you descend into the Duckabush River basin, the trail levels out nicely and provides a quiet stroll through the relatively young forest. All that can be heard is the chirping of birds and the sounds of rushing water.
Heading up Big Hump should not be taken lightly for beginner hikers. My hiking buddy had a little bit of a rough time up the switchbacks, but the view about 2/3 up to the top was spectacular.
This trail was worth the effort, and there is a nice camp at 5 mi. Would make a great stop on the way into the park, or a nice weekend stop before heading out and back to the hustle and bustle of civilization.
Take your time on this one and be rewarded. 18 or so switchbacks-(oooh, but it felt like more). Nice descent, very cool in the summer. You are rewarded with a beautiful pool in which to take a dip. Continue on and there will be a few primitive campsites just off of the trail by the river. Just upstream from there are a few pools that hold some nice rainbows (for those who carry the fly rod). keep going on up to the lakes and the sting of the switchback will subside.
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