38.18 miles of hiking • 8000' elevation gain • 2 nights
In the not to distant past the Boulder Creek Campgound & hot springs would be overflowing this time of year but ever since the Elwha took out the road approx 2 miles from hwy101, necessating a now 8 mile road walk to the Appleton Pass TH, one basically has solitude on this hike all the way to Appleton Pass. In fact I had the campground & hot springs entirely to myself which was nice but kinda eerie in a way. The hike up to Appleton Pass on day 2 was pleasant with many water sources & the lower Boulder Creek Falls is definitely worth a view. Found a nice site @ Appleton Pass & spent the rest of the day exploring. Very nice views in which Mt. Olympus can be seen to the S/W. Next day took the way trail down to Cat Basin & from there back to the High Divide/Seven Lakes Basin area which was teaming with hikers and made my way to the Soleduck TH.