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

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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 Peninsula, from Hoodsport to Hurricane Ridge to the Pacific coast. Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula describes classic routes—from easy to moderate to ...
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Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula, 2nd Edition: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a Day

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570617614
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Day Hike!
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,405,842
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Seabury Blair spent many years as the outdoor columnist for The Bremerton Sun, where one of his most popular features was the "Hike O' the Month." An avid backcountry skier and hiker, he lives in Bremerton, WA.
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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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Table of Contents

List of Trails

KITSAP PENINSULA
Green Mountain via Wildcat Trail
Green Mountain via Gold Creek Trail

SKOKOMISH RIVERS
Lower Skokomish River
Big Creek Loop
Dry Creek Trail
Mount Ellinor
Mount Rose
Silver Snag Hill, Wagonwheel Lake
Spike Camp
Four Stream

HAMMA HAMMA RIVER
Lena Lake
Lake of the Angels
Mildred Lakes

DUCKABUSH RIVER
Jupiter Ridge
Big Hump

DOSEWALLIPS RIVER
Tunnel Creek, Dosewallips
Lake Constance
Dosewallips Campground

QUILCENE RIVER
Mount Walker
Tunnel Creek, Quilcene
Lower Big Quilcene Trail
Marmot Pass
Mount Townshend
Silver Lakes

DUNGENESS RIVER
Gray Wolf Trail
Tubal Cain Mine
Camp Handy
Royal Lake
Maynard Burn
Lower Dungeness Trail
Dungeness Spit

THE HIGH COUNTRY
Roaring Winds, Deer Park
Three Forks
Heather Park-Lake Angeles Loop
Klahhane Ridge
Mount Angeles Saddle
Hurricane Hill
PJ Lake
Moose Lake
Roaring Wings, Obstruction Point

ELWHA RIVER
Wolf Creek
Elwha Loop
Lillian River
West Shore, Lake Mills
Happy Lake
Olympic Hot Springs
Boulder Lake
Boulder Falls

LAKE CRESCENT
Spruce Railroad Trail
Pyramid Mountains
Storm King

SOL DUC RIVER
North Fork Sol Duc
Mink Lake Meadows
Little Divide Loop
Potholes Meadow
Upper Sol Duc Campsite
High Divide Loop

COASTAL RIVERS
Bogachiel Ranger Station
Happy Four Shelter
Big Flat

OLYMPIC BEACHES
Cape Alava Loop
Hole-in-the-Wall
Second Beach
Third Beach
Kalaloch North
Kalaloch South

QUINAULT RIVER
Colonel Bob
Big Creek
Halfway House
Pony Bridge
Low Divide-Elwha

BEYOND THE TRAILS

RESOURCES

INDEX
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