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10 Facts you didn’t know about Olympic National Park

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Most people know something about Olympic National Park. Maybe it is the Hoh Rainforest, maybe it is Lake Crescent, Hurricane Ridge or the beaches of LaPush. Chances are, you don’t know these 10 facts about the most popular National Park in Washington State.   1) Olympic is the 6th most-visited National Park in America. Source: http://www.npca.org/exploring-our-parks/visitation.html […]

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FOUR ASS-KICKING DAY HIKES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

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Each of us has a hike that we consider to be the hardest day hike we have ever attempted. These hikes have caused pain and agony, both physically and mentally. Tucked in the deepest recesses of our minds, we compare each and every trail we come across to the last treacherous trek we undertook.  You […]

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Lake Constance, Olympic National Park’s Steepest Trail?

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LAKE CONSTANCE TRAIL QUICK FACTS Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/wVskA Distance Round Trip: 10 Miles Elevation Gain: 4,200 feet     The trail to Lake Constance is not for the weak. In fact, it isn’t for the strong either. Lake Constance is for the rugged, the hearty and the slightly insane. It is for those who enjoy a […]

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The Curse of Carl Putvin: Lake of the Angles Trail, Olympic National Park

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May 31st, 2014                           Lake of the Angels Trip Report: Olympic National Park  AKA: From Heaven to Hell in Eight Miles       I was cursed by Carl Putvin. I should have known better than break a tradition on this trail.   […]

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Hiking Gladys Divide and Flapjack Lakes in Olympic National Park

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    Quick Facts   Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/ig5zS Distance: 20 Miles Round Trip Elevation Gain:  4,000 feet Level: Advanced Hikers or Multi-day Moderate Hikers. Route Finding May be needed. Suggested Time of Year: Late Summer Views: Donahue Creek Falls, Flapjack Lakes. Mt Cruiser, The Needles, Mt Skokomish, the start of the Hamma Hamma River, the Olympic Interior […]

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Gladys Divide Trip Report: May 2014 Olympic National Park

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    May 2014   As we trudged, step by step in thigh deep snow, looking around for any sign of human activity, the ruggedness of the Olympic Mountains became obvious. Here it was, early May of 2014 and we were the only ones who were attempting to hike to Gladys Divide. We could have […]

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Hike the Olympic Peninsula: Marmot Pass in the Buckhorn Wilderness

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Sign posts are interesting phenomenon for hikers. We seem to gravitate toward them; not only for their obviously direction qualities, but also for the specialness that they represent while hiking on a trail. While some signposts beckon us on, others make us stop, reflect and take in the wonder and splendor that we are able […]

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Mount Townsend Trail, Olympic Peninsula

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Why Hike This Trail? With views of Seattle, Sequim, Port Angeles, and both the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges, it is hard to find a more accessible mountain to climb than Mount Townsend. Standing just above 6,000ft, this tree-free mountain is everything you would expect from a mountain on the northeast corner of the Olympic […]

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Mount Ellinor Trail Conditions January 2nd 2014

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  As yet another gust of wind slammed into me, nearly pushing me off the trail down a steep slope, I thought to myself “Man, everyone else is missing out on this!” We decided to summit today, and with the incoming rain clouds slamming against the Olympic Mountains, we were hoping for great pictures. What […]

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See Snow, Salmon and Ice at Olympia’s McLane Creek Nature Trail

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After a light dusting of snow fell on a few locations on the Olympic Peninsula, we decided to go to McLane Creek near Olympia. With decomposing salmon, frozen beaver ponds and and snow covered ferns, it made for a gorgeous day.   The weather is cold, but seeing a frozen beaver pond, frosty ferns covered […]

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