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We will spend 6 days, 5 nights on trails in the beautiful and unique Olympic Forest
Day 0 – June 20: Drive to Quinault Ranger station to pick up permit. Stop to see world’s largest Sitka Spruce. Drive to Grave’s Creek campground for camping.
Day 1 – June 21: Hike 9.9 miles to Pyrites Creek. 1700 elevation
Day 2 – June 22: Stop at Enchanted Valley chalet to enjoy view and have lunch. Short side trip to see world’s largest Western Hemlock. Short optional side trip without packs up to view Anderson Glacier overlook. Camp at Honeymoon Meadows. 11.5 miles/4100 feet elevation.
Day 3 – June 23: Honey Moon Meadows to Upper Duckabush Camp; 8.2 miles 2100 feet.
Day 4 – June 24: Optional side trip without backpacks up to view Home Sweet Home Meadows (2.1 miles, 1900 feet one way). We will continue to Lake LaCrosse to camp. Lake LaCrosse is one of the best areas in the park to view wildlife and is surrounded by beautiful meadows and mountain views. Optional side trip to Hart Lake. 9.8 miles/3800 feet (includes side trips).
Day 5 – June 25 We will travel 13.1 miles with 700 feet elevation for the day and reconnect with the Enchanted Valley trail. The night will be spent in Enchanted Valley near the chalet.
Day 6 – June 26 We will travel from the chalet back to Grave’s Creek campground and drive home.
This is a strenuous backpack. Please make sure that you have experience on previous strenuous backpacks and are in shape for the distance and elevation gain. Lighter packs are advised. Pace will be slow to moderate.
The area has numerous black bears, so bear canisters are required. A few of the camps may have bear proof storage.
This area can be very wet, so participants must be prepared for wet conditions. This trip will include possible river fords and crossing of snow in high mountain basins. Exact conditions will be determined closer to the trip. Changes of itinerary are possible due to conditions of the trails.
Please contact leader Rex Breunsbach firstname.lastname@example.org 971-832-2556 if you have any questions.
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