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Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier National Parks


I would like to invite everyone to join Scott Crow, myself and hopefully others on a hiking adventure to the Pacific Northwest. Last summer I hiked Olympic, North Cascades, and Rainer National Parks and have decided to go back after the best hiking experience of my life. If you enjoy hiking sub-alpine region with lakes, meadows filled with wildflowers, ancient old growth forests, rugged rocky coastline, and spectacular glacial peaks and valleys than please join us for what promises to be a great hiking experience. If you are seriously interested in joining us please sign up and you will be notified of our upcoming info meeting in the next couple of weeks….Important note: I am limiting the number of people to this trip to eight. Also, I don’t mean to discourage anyone from going but this hiking trip is for experienced hikers due to significant elevation gain, length of a few hikes which range from 12 to possibly 20 miles and trail conditions which may require hiking in “a lot” of snow.


Slopes of Mount Rainier










The general plan: The general plan is to leave on Sunday July 7th and return to Bakersfield somewhere around July 23rd. We will be car camping and staying in hotels during this trip. This is not a backpacking trip. We will be making few reservations and for the most part this will be a fly by the seat of our pants trip. Our first stop will be the Crater Lake area. We will hike the Crater Lake area and Three Sisters Wilderness or Mount Jefferson before we head to Washington. This is primarily a hiking trip but we will be doing a bit of sightseeing along the way.


Avalanche Lilies in Olympic National Park











Sightseeing opportunities: Since none of us have the stamina to hike everyday we will be doing a bit of sightseeing on this trip. The three areas I would like to visit include Victoria/Vancouver Island, Historic Port Townsend and the Makah Museum which has a fine display of Northwest Native American artifacts.

Cascade Pass










Our Tentative Schedule:

July 7th:: Depart and camp near Crater Lake.

July 8th Crater Lake and drive to either Bend or camp near Mount Jefferson.

July 9th Hike to Green Lakes Three Sisters Wilderness or Jefferson Park at the base of Mount Jefferson.

July 10th: Travel Day to North Cascades National Park

July 11th -14th Hike to Maple or Cutthroat Passes, Cascade Pass/Sahale Arm and Hidden Lake Peak/Lookout or Sourdough Mountain.

July 15th-July 16th Travel Day to Bellingham and day trip/hike Ptarmigan Ridge to get close up views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan.

July July 17th – 21st Travel to Olympic National Park where we will hike to Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Shi Shi Beach/Cape Flattery, Klahhane Ridge and Hurricane Ridge/Hill. Also would like to take a day trip to the capitol city of Victoria which is located on Vancouver Island.

July 22nd Hike around Mount Rainier and travel to Corvallis Oregon.

July 23rd Travel day to Bakersfield

Note: Depending on weather conditions and our physical condition I would like to squeeze in a hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness to Enchantment Lakes Basin which is a twenty mile day hike. This hike is considered one of the best hikes in the U.S.

Here are some pics of the areas we will be hiking and visiting. I took many of these pictures on my trip last year.


The magnificent Mount Shuksan: North Cascade National Park














*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware that Kern River Valley Hiking Club events involve risks, and could result in injury, illness, death, and damage or loss of property. The dangers include but are not limited to: the hazards of traveling in remote areas without medical services or care, the forces of nature, the inherent dangers involved in participation in sports, wilderness travel, and social activities, and the negligent actions of other persons or agencies. You agree to freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards. You further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern River Valley Hiking Club - Tulare-Kern Peakbags & Hikes from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

*** PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY *** No one in the group is a guide or in any way responsible for your comfort or safety. Please be prepared with adequate gear and supplies for the trip. Please remember that going out into wilderness has risks associated with it and you should be aware and prepared to address any changes in weather, road conditions or to look out for/avoid random acts of nature, including insects, wild animals and natural hazards. It is your responsibility to evaluate the difficulty of any activity you participate in, and decide whether you are prepared by having the experience, skill, knowledge, equipment, and the physical and emotional stamina to safely participate.

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  • Tony S.

    We will be hiking with the group for the first two days only, then cruising Oregon!

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    wonderful opportunity to explore some beautiful and fascinating wilderness..just doesn't work for me though this summer.

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    too bad about the canadian rockies but this is another of those not yet seen and on my very interested in list! Are you planning a gathering before departure to meet those attending? Also, I will need a ride and live in Fresno. I am hoping that I can be picked up somewhere on the way north.

    June 4, 2013

  • David B.

    I want to see and take pics of the alpine mountains and fields of flowers in a perfect microclimate! I want to touch and view and imagine climbing the big dogs of Washington. Great plan bill!! Love it! Are we climbing mt jefferson? :)

    June 2, 2013

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