5.93 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •
The ONP entrance to Staircase remains closed due to construction so a lot of people were parking near the Copper Creek TH to enter the park via the Shady Lane Trail. As usual little traffic on the Copper Creek Trail which was snow free. Completed the upper loop counter clock wise where in typical PNW weather it was nice & sunny on the climb up and breezy, cold with sleet/snow at the top.
April 27, 2019
6.52 miles of hiking • 4500' elevation gain •
This has to be one of the steepest trails in the ONF and is one of the few trails in the Olympics that I have never hiked before. The TH is approx. 1/4 of a mile from the Dosewallips washout parking area and is signed as Tunnel Creek TH #841. The climb to 5050 pass is 4500' in little more than 3 miles. Snow became fairly consistent at 4600' and I used snowshoes from there to the pass. The plan was to climb Mt. Valhalla which would have added around another 500' of ascent to the day, but due to foggy/misty conditions with limited visibility decided to call it a day after reaching the pass.
April 20, 2019
5.51 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •
After visiting our youngest son who lives up in Bellingham we did a quick hike up to Oyster Dome. Nice views with minimal effort.
18.33 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
The hike to the old ONP Campground/Ranger Station gets longer and longer. The road up the Dosewallips is now blocked a little more than a mile from the old major washout because of a more recent road washout. This adds about 2 1/2 miles roundtrip to the hike. We went about a mile and half passed the Ranger Station. Fair bit of people were camping at Elkhorn and at the ONP Campground. Wished I had brought my overnight gear as the camping conditions were pretty sweet.
10.3 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •
Started hike from the Elbo Creek TH. Some snow on the trail higher up but no traction devices used. Once I hit the road put on the snow shoes and used them all the way to the 3700' summit. Did not see a single person the entire day on the trail.
13.8 miles of hiking • 5000' elevation gain •
One still cannot reach the normal Ellinor TH's due to snow so began hike at the Big Creek TH. Have never attempted an Ellinor hike/climb from this TH and it does make for a long day. Used microspikes from the parking lot up to the upper Ellinor TH then switched to snowshoes until the avalanche chute. Used crampons from there to the summit. There was an easy to follow broken trail pretty much from top to bottom. Perfect conditions.
5.85 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
HIked to both the North & South Viewpoints. Over a foot of snow at the top.
4 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •
Up the north trail, down the south, then repeated.
February 17, 2019
11.45 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
Entered via the Highline TH and took various trails up to summit 1. Conditions were mellow with a little snow dusting when approaching summit 1. Once we got to the exposed area/viewpoint near the Hikers Hut the snow and wind were howling pretty good necessitating taking our lunch break within the shelter of the Hut. After lunch headed back down taking various trails and exiting @ Highline.
February 3, 2019
8.15 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •
Our destination was Dry Mtn. but while attempting to ford Dry Creek, which is anything but dry this time of year, my hiking partner slipped off the crossing log and took a bath in the creek. Thankfully no injuries but it was decided at that point retuning to the car was the prudent decision due to his cold, soggy condition.
January 27, 2019
January 20, 2019
6.5 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •
Did the loop clock wise. Put on the micro spikes at around 3400'. Was nice and warm sitting on the summit rock. Could clearly see Rainier, Adams & St. Helens from the summit.