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Goblins Gate–Geyser Valley Loop Professional Review and Guide
"The Elwha River is one of the longest and largest streams on the Olympic Peninsula and is certainly in the running for the prettiest. Its rushing cleartoemerald-green waters drain a very scenic canyon flanked by heavily forested ridges. The entire drainage is surrounded by arguably the most sublime mountains in the range and includes some of the most beautiful lower-elevation meadows in the region. The area is also home to a wide assortment of wildlife (elk, bear, and deer) and some fascinating historic log cabins. A very popular and enjoyable trail travels the entire length of this magnificent canyon before climbing over Low Divide and exiting via the North Fork Quinault River Trail to the south. This historic 44-mile trail, which traces the route of the Press Expedition that made the first known crossing of the Olympic Mountains, is a favorite of backpackers. Day hikers can enjoy a superb sampling of this terrain on this pleasant and relatively easy semi-loop trip through Geyser Valley."
--Douglas Lorain, Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
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