Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula, 2nd Edition: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a Day

Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula, 2nd Edition: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a Day

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by Seabury Blair
     
 

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A guide written just for people who want to spend their days in the mountains and their nights back at home. DAY HIKE! uncovers the best trails for the day tripper, whether you’re a newbie hiker or a veteran with hundreds of miles on your boots.

Northwest trail expert Seabury Blair Jr. leads us to more than 70 of the best day hike trails in the Olympic… See more details below

Overview

A guide written just for people who want to spend their days in the mountains and their nights back at home. DAY HIKE! uncovers the best trails for the day tripper, whether you’re a newbie hiker or a veteran with hundreds of miles on your boots.

Northwest trail expert Seabury Blair Jr. leads us to more than 70 of the best day hike trails in the Olympic Peninsula, from Hoodsport to Hurricane Ridge to the Pacific coast. Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula describes classic routes—from easy to moderate to extreme—giving hikers the choices they want. Entertaining, accurate, and contemporary writing make this guide the one to keep near the water bottles.

FEATURES:
• 71 complete trail descriptions
• Easy-to-read USGS topographical maps, including elevation profiles
• Clear, up-to-date driving directions
• Overall trail ratings
• Each trail includes mileage and estimated hiking time, elevation gain, trail conditions, difficulty level, best season, map references, exploring options, access, permits required, special notes on dogs, bikes, and kids, and where to find more information
• Organized by major highways and roads for easy trail finding
• Quick-reference chart to season and difficulty level
• More than 60 sharp, contemporary black-and-white photographs
• Thorough informative front matter
• Hike statistics “At a Glance”

NEW IN THIS UPDATED EDITION:
• Given the harsh winters of 2005-06 and 2006-07, many trails covered in the previous edition have suffered from damage and have changed dramatically. This updated edition discusses all changes made to the trails, as well as information on who to call for the most recent reconstructions.
• Three new hikes, including new Duckabush River section.
• Completely revised Dosewallips section.
• New preface discussing changes to the edition.
• New cover and series design.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570617614
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Series:
Day Hike!
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
796,720
File size:
19 MB
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Sample New Hike:

14. Jupiter Ridge

RATING **
DISTANCE 7.2 miles round-trip
HIKING TIME 4 hours
ELEVATION GAIN 1,600 feet
HIGH POINT 3,300 feet
DIFFICULTY LEVEL Difficult
BEST SEASON Summer, early fall
PERMITS/CONTACT None; Hood Canal Ranger Station, (360) 765-2200
MAPS USGS Brinnon, Jupiter; Custom Correct The Brothers-Mount Anderson; Green Trails The Brothers
TRAIL NOTES Both the road and trail traverse portions of private property and the road may be closed several miles below the trailhead. The road is also closed for wildlife protection from Oct. 1 to May 1. Call Hood Canal Ranger Station before taking this hike. Leashed dogs okay.

The Hike
This is a strenuous hike up to and along a ridge crest that divides the Duckabush and Dosewallips rivers, with excellent views of the big peaks above the valleys. Strong hikers can continue from the recommended turnaround spot for another 3.6 miles, one-way, to the 5,701-foot summit of Mount Jupiter.

Getting There
From the Dosewallips River bridge in Brinnon, drive south on U.S. Highway 101 for 2.6 miles to the Mount Jupiter Road. From the south, it is 9.3 miles north from the Hamma Hamma River Road on U.S. Highway 101 to the Mount Jupiter Road. Turn west on the Mount Jupiter Road and drive 3.2 miles to Forest Road 2610-011 and turn left. Drive 3 miles up this rough road to the trailhead, 2,100 feet above sea level.

The Trail
The most important thing to remember about this hike - and generally about any hike that follows the crest of alpine ridges - is that there's no water to re-supply your bottle or hydration pack. Carry twice your normal amount, because you'll be doing a lot of climbing, both up and down along the way.

Begin by climbing on switchbacks through south-facing logged-over hillsides that can be hot on summer days, climbing a steep mile before crossing from private land to Olympic National Forest. Here you'll find your views spoiled by all those trees and in late May and in early June, a fine pink display of rhododendrons. The trail levels a bit and traverses the forest on the Duckabush side of the ridge. At 1.9 miles, the trail emerges on the ridge crest, where you can look north through trees to the Dosewallips valley and to the first views of Mount Jupiter, to the west, and The Brothers, to the south.

Just after cresting the ridge, the trail begins to drop again along the north side, winding down to a saddle before climbing once again. Get used to it: the up-down-up theme is repeated more often than Ravel's Bolero. Perhaps the only relief from this tiresome tedium is the peekaboo views you get of Mount Constance on the north side and The Brothers. The path meanders from one side of the ridge to the other, heading west for about 1.7 miles to a rocky viewpoint just off the trail to the left. Here's your turnaround point, with a fine vista of the Duckabush River and the broad snow bowl that identifies The Brothers to folks watching the sunset in Seattle.

Going Farther
Hikers in good physical condition, capable of hiking an alpine venue like the Mount Jupiter Trail, can continue another 3.6 miles to the summit of Mount Jupiter, the site of an old lookout. That makes a day hike of 14.4 miles. Be forewarned: the trail gets steeper, culminating in a rocky switchback climb to the summit. On the plus side, the view from the peak is spectacular.

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