New Meetup: Olympics - Enchanted Valley - LaCrosse Basin Loop (6 Days) - THIS WEEKEND!

From: Ryan M.
Sent on: Thursday, August 12, 2010 6:44 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Pacific Northwest Backpackers!

Hello Everyone - I know it's been a while since I've scheduled a trip and worked has finally settled down enough I can start planning trips again. I'm sorry this comes with such late notice but nonetheless... here we go!

Cheers,
Ryan

What: Olympics - Enchanted Valley - LaCrosse Basin Loop (6 Days)

When: Sunday, August 15,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Greenlake Park & Ride
6601 8th Ave NE (N side of 65th St)[masked]N[masked] W
Seattle, WA 98103
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Olympics - Enchanted Valley - LaCrosse Basin Loop (6 Days)

Hike Type: Loop
Distance: 65.6 Miles
Duration: 6 Days
Departure: Sun. Aug 15,[masked]:00pm
Return: Sat. Aug 21, 2010 (afternoon)
Starting Elevation: 1,150 feet
High Elevation: 5,500 feet
Elevation Gain: up to 12,000 over 6 days
Difficulty: Moderate
Hikers Allowed: Novice to Experienced
Location: Olympic National Park
Dogs: No

Intro:
"If the author were forced to select his favorite backpacking trip int he Olympic Mountains, this would be it. Amid glorious mountain scenery, the trip samples every major environment in the ranger from lush rain-forests to glaciers. There is also plenty of wildlife to enjoy, including marmots, deer, elk, and black bears. The route leads along a strikingly beautiful stream and climaxes in the the most sublime alpine basin in the entire range. Last, by certainly not least, it visits spectacular Enchanted Valley, where an historic chalet is well situated for viewing the surrounding meadow, peaks, and waterfalls. This hike is about as close to backpacking perfection as you are likely to find.

Day 1: Trailhead to Pyrites Creek | 9.9 miles | 1,700 feet
Day 2: to Honeymoon Meadows with side trip to Anderson Glacier | 11.5 miles | 4,100 feet
Day 3: to Upper Duckabush Camp | 8.2 miles | 2,100 feet
Day 4: to Lake LaCrosee with side trips to Home Sweet Home and Hart Lake | 9.6 miles | 3,800 feet
Day 5: to Enchanted Valley Ranger Station | 13.3 miles | 700 feet
Day 6: to Trailhead | 13.1 miles | 500 feet

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