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Second Beach

An easy beach trail along the Olympics' South Coast

Sunrise, full moon, and Crying Lady Rock

A tale of so many fronts: sun, fog, thicker fog, sun breaks. “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes” was never truer advice.

Marmot Pass

A beautiful alpine meadow filled with wildflowers & views

Trail leading from Camp Mystery

The upper meadow at Marmot Pass is one of my favorite locations in the Olympics having hiked there a few times. The WTA reports suggested the wildflowers were in bloom – perfect!

Icicle Creek Road

A straightforward out-and-back on a steady, but shallow, climb along a roaring river

Morning light on the mountains

I rarely ride out-and-backs and when I do it’s usually a hill climb. The ride up Icicle Creek Road isn’t as impressive as Hurricane Ridge or Mt Baker but it offered an exceptional experience on an early morning ride.

Eightmile Lake

A hike through the remains of a forest fire to a picturesque alpine lake

Reflections on Eightmile Lake

We go to the trail early (7:30 am) mid-week to plenty of parking. The trail to Eightmile Lake starts through a burn from 2017 resulting in little cover from the sun and a lot of shrubby new growth. Fortunately the views along the trail are plentiful from the start and the grade wasn’t too bad for our mixed-skills hiking party.

Colchuck Lake

A classic Enchantments hike to an alpine lake

Colchuck Lake

With the snow mostly gone, I opted for the classic hike to this gorgeous alpine lake.

3 Valleys

Quiet farm roads with rolling climbs, great views, and plenty to explore

Egg & I

Fantasic tour under blue skies, under falling leaves, and quiet roads among farmland. I started the ride from BI on the normal loop to Port Gamble with a small detour for a road closure.

Royal Basin

One of the more beautiful hikes in the Olympics, especially for visiting high alpine lakes

Stunning glacial blue lakes

I hadn’t been to Royal Lake since a backpacking trip in July 2011. At the time we were unable to make it to the upper basin because of a late melting snow pack. I was excited to explore the upper basin on this trip as over the last few years I had become pretty familiar with the region from prior rides and hikes.

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