This hike was done last year with my sweetie (his first backpacking trip). We started at Sol Duc hot springs in the Olympic National Forest and hiked from there to the Olympic Hot Springs (which were then closed to road traffic–is was about the only way in).
All of these photos were taken with my Olympus E-520. (I now have a Nikon D-7000.)
Our first night (or 2) we camped next to the Sol Duc river.
I tend to prefer tent-free backpacking, so we just brought tarps to fend off the rain.
When we were there last year the Olympic Peninsula wasn’t in a drought and the waters were running freely. This set of falls is called Boulder Creek Falls and it was one of our favorite places to rest and rejuvenate.
A closer view:
On to the next set of falls below.
One of the best things about living in the Northwest are the berries. There’s no shortage in the Olympic National park and we snacked heartily on huckleberries all trip long.
To get to the Olympic Hotsprings we had to cross over Appleton Pass, a mere 5,100 feet. Still, it helps be in good shape for it and either way, it’s still a good workout. This is a view from the Eastern side of the pass, near the top.
Another view of the Eastern Side
When we got there we had all the hot ponds to ourselves.
On the way back we had gorgeous views coming back over the pass:
In the end we made it back supremely tired, but happy. We’re looking forward to more this year.