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Jul 25 2022

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 Joined Mar 26 2022
 Flagstaff, AZ
Cameron PassOlympic, WA
Olympic, WA
Backpack avatar Jul 25 2022
shelby147Triplogs 29
Backpack43.00 Miles 13,500 AEG
Backpack43.00 Miles4 Days         
13,500 ft AEG27 LBS Pack
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Possibly the most "wow" trip I've done in the Olympics. If I could change one thing, I'd have done it in reverse to save the best for last. Also, the heatwave didn't feel any gentler at this moderate elevation.

I parked at Deer Park, hiked over to Obstruction Point and down into Badger Valley. Then up the valley, taking some time at the lakes, to Grand Pass. Down Grand Pass (the south side is pretty steep and loose), along Cameron creek (some blowdowns and washouts) and into upper Cameron. Between upper Cameron and Lost Pass was easily my favorite section - meadows, sweeping views of the peaks and glaciers, little water features. In hindsight, I would have camped on Cameron Pass (and also Grand Pass) instead of in the basins. Lots of blooming meadows on my way down Dose creek, then a very hot climb to Gray Wolf Pass. There are some pretty tarns on the north side of Gray Wolf and an unmarked-but-certainly-constructed trail that leads northwest towards Cedar Lake. I didn't see if it goes all the way to Cedar Lake - another time. The hike along Gray Wolf was pretty and much better maintained below Camp Ellis. Finally a hot slog (and no water access) back up the hill to Deer Park.

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.


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