Press Expedition Traverse Elwha to North Fork Quinault

Mount Carrie, Washington

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Hike across the Olympic Peninsula into the heart of the park, retracing the route of the famed 1889–90 Press Expedition, a group of hardy souls commissioned by the Seattle Press newspaper who became the fi rst humans to cross the Olympic Mountains. The Press Party— with their four dogs, two mules, and 1500 pounds of gear—took six months to make the journey, but you should be able to comfortably traverse the Olympics in four to six days. Enjoy splendid river scenery, lush rain forest, historical cabins and relics, and perhaps a side trip or two to some hidden wonders.

Press Expedition Traverse: Elwha to North Fork Quinault Professional Review and Guide

"Hike across the Olympic Peninsula into the heart of the park, retracing the route of the famed 1889–90 Press Expedition, a group of hardy souls commissioned by the Seattle Press newspaper who became the fi rst humans to cross the Olympic Mountains. The Press Party— with their four dogs, two mules, and 1500 pounds of gear—took six months to make the journey, but you should be able to comfortably traverse the Olympics in four to six days. Enjoy splendid river scenery, lush rain forest, historical cabins and relics, and perhaps a side trip or two to some hidden wonders."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Carrie
Distance: 44.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Jun–Oct
Local Maps: Green Trails Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North No. 133S
Driving Directions: Directions to Press Expedition Traverse: Elwha to North Fork Quinault

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May 2018