Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
The best part of this hike was conditional - I had the trail completely to myself. Of course, I went during the middle of the week, so that helps. The trail itself is very interesting, there have been some major changes to it over the course of the years. It follows an old logging road for a good distance and the elevation gains and losses keep it interesting. There are also some good views. Once you reach the river there are a few spots to camp. The trail is well kept.
I'm more into alpine views myself so this wasn't quite my ideal trip. However, it's everything you'd come to expect in an area close to the only rainforest in the 48 states. Even though you're not technically in the Hoh Rain Forest, it feels like you are. The river runs through some really deep cuts in the mountain side and likewise, some very difficult places to pass. There's been a lot of storm damage and I'm not sure how much has been repaired since. We had to cross the river at a log and it was difficult to pick up the trail since the bridge was out. Only camp sites are by the river and so it's hard to get away from the sound if you need quiet to sleep.
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