Olympic National Park
October 12, 2015 by Sirena
In mid-September, I went to Olympic National Park for a four-day backpacking trip to write an article, A Desert Rat in the Rainforest, featured on the Gossamer Gear website.
I’ve got a million pictures from that trip, and thought I’d share some of them and tell the story in photo captions.
Goodbye Grand Canyon, I’m headed to the Pacific Northwest!
Gear for Olympic NP- lots more clothes, much less water!
Backpacking companions Jake, Ian and Grant
Grant “Gorilla” Sible of Gossamer Gear in the mist
Cute log bridge in the rainforest on the Sol Duc Trail
Massive trees as we gain elevation out of the rainforest up into the alpine region
Camping by a lake, just like at home…
Got lucky with beautiful views of Mount Carrie with blue skies on our trip to Cat Peak
Looking down on the Hoh River
Micro Chicken and mighty Mount Olympus
Gorgeous views of Cat Peak
Never before seen- me throwing out water!
Fall Colors and Mount Olympus
Gorgeous reds, oranges and yellows
This was the first time I used a Gossamer Gear Q-Twinn tarp. I’ll always prefer cowboy camping, but this is a great alternative to a tent!
Hiking above last night’s lake
Sol Duc Falls near the end of our loop- touristy but beautiful!
Here’s a slow-mo video of the falls:
Made a stop at Rialto Beach before driving back- I’ll have to come and backpack along the coast someday!
After the backpacking trip, I headed to the American Long Distance Hiking Association- West (ALDHA-West) Gathering at Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp. I gave my Arizona Trail talk and saw many inspiring presentations, including Trauma and Pepper’s talk about their Pacific Crest Trail winter traverse. Caught up with friends I’ve made in the hiking world who are scattered all over the country. What a fantastic way to round out my trip to the Pacific Northwest!
ALDHA-West Gathering- photo by Outdoor Viewfinder