PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP.
YOU MUST BE A REGULAR HIKER WITH THIS GROUP TO JOIN IN THIS HIKE. THIS CANNOT BE YOUR FIRST HIKE. YOU MUST BE IN SOME KIND OF HIKING CONDITION TO DO THIS (AND I DON'T MEAN POOR).
I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO BUMP YOU OUT OF THIS HIKE IF I AM UNSURE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DO THIS OR IF YOU FREQUENTLY NO SHOW OR LATE CANCEL ON PREVIOUS EVENTS.
WE DON'T GO FAST BUT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT IN EIGHT HRS.
This has been on my list of to-do hikes for the last three years. Hopefully, this is the year. I hope that I am in fit enough condition that I will be able to do it.
Roundtrip 10.6 miles
Elevation Gain 3500 ft
Highest Point 6000 ft
Features Rivers Waterfalls Old growth Wildflowers/Meadows Mountain viewsWildlifeRidges/passes
User info Dogs allowed on leash
May encounter pack animals
National Park/Refuge entry fee required (I think you only need a national forest pass, but I will check on this)
If for some terrible reason you are only allowed one hike in the Olympics in your lifetime, this should be it. The trail to Marmot Pass captures the very essence of what makes the Olympics so special, and so darned pretty. Towering old growth, a tumbling pristine river, resplendent alpine meadows, and horizon-spanning views that include majestic snow-clad craggy spires-they're all part of this amazing hike. And it gets even better-being in the Olympic rain shadow, Marmot Pass is often kissed with sunbeams while nearby ridges swirl with clouds.
Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.
Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others
Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.