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Lost Pass - Olympic National Park - 5-Day Trek

  • Aug 23, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Mt Olympus from Cameron Pass

Cameron Peak from Cameron Basin Camp

Rating: Strenuous / difficult

Drive: The drive from Olympia North to Dosewallips TH off Hwy 101 is about 75 miles and takes about 2 hours.
Gear: In addition to 10 essentials and overnight camping gear the following items are required

• Teva sandals or other suitable footwear for fording rivers

• Ice axe

Carpool: Rendezvous at 10:00 AM. We will carpool to the trailhead and do a vehicle exchange with another party going opposite direction. We leave on time and do not wait. Please bring $$ to reimburse drivers. 

Backcountry Permit required ($8 per person)

No dogs allowed in National Park

Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. We are not professional guides nor do we claim to be experts.  It is not our responsibility to get you to the listed destination.  We hike at our own pace.  By attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and we will not be held responsible.

Trek Description

Looking for some hearty folks to join me on a 37-mile trek through the leeward Olympic Mountains with a possible scramble climb of Lost Peak (Class 1). This trek takes us through some of the most spectacular and remote high country the Olympic Mountains have to offer including Lost Pass and Cameron Basin.  Bugs are not bad in the Olympics this season due to the extended dry summer. This hike is NOT RECOMMENDED for novice backpackers.

We will begin our trip hiking West 18.3 miles up the Dosewallips River. Next we head North up and over Lost Pass (5500') and a high spectacular traverse to Cameron Pass (6450'). From here we descend into Cameron Basin and down Cameron Creek to Three Forks Camp. From Three Forks we climb up to the trailhead at Deer Park. 

This trek includes a vehicle exchange (at the beginning) with another party going the opposite direction. This way our own vehicle will be waiting for us at the trailhead and we can just drive home. 

Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver at the trailhead. We do not allow guests on our hikes - you must be a member to join us.


DAY01 - 6.4 m / Dose Forks 8/23/13 * Vehicle exchange 

DAY02 - 9.6 m / Bear Camp 8/24/13

DAY03 - 5.9 m / Cameron Basin  8/25/13 * Possible climb day

DAY04 - 10 m / Three Forks  8/26/13

DAY05 - 4.5 m / Deer Park TH 8/27/13

What you can expect 

• Multiple fords on Cameron Creek

• Snow on North side of Cameron Pass 

• Campfires at some campsites

• Not all campsites have bear wires

• Bugs, bears, critters

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  • Cyrus B.

    Fantastic, absolutely great.
    Jon E. is not only a skilled backpacker, he is also an immaculate organizer and a true trooper.
    You did it again, Jon E.! Thank You!

    August 28, 2013

  • Jon E

    Great trip! Really wonderful to do the car exchange with Mel and Dave from the Seattle Backpackers Meetup. Trail is in excellent condition. Trail crew has cleared all the downed trees along this route. Bear Camp shelter has been completely rebuilt. Wow! With the exception of Cameron Basin (famous for bugs) the insects were almost absent just like my trip last month. Two groups of 12 from Whitman College were doing the same route on the exact same schedule.

    August 28, 2013

  • Wolfgang G.

    I really wish I could do this, but it is the same weekend as the "Family" camping trip. Hope to catch the next one.

    August 16, 2013

  • Cyrus B.

    It has been, and will always be a memorable experience to walk,
    to camp. and to accompany Jon E.

    August 16, 2013

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