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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mount Carrie - South Route, July 2014



For those that have driven westbound on Hwy 101 and wondered about the glaciated peak that briefly comes into view as one rounds a bend sortly before crossing the Elwha River, wonder no more. Having glimpsed Mount Carrie and the adjacent Cat Peak from this very spot countless times while en route to other adventures on the Olympic Coast, the time had finally come for me to go in for a closer look.

Considered by many as the first and highest peak in the Bailey Range, Mount Carrie offers an outstanding perspective on the mighty Olympus Massif to the south as well as the deep trough formed by the Hoh River flowing from its headwaters at the foot of the Hoh Glacier for 56 meandering miles out to the Pacific Ocean. The hike up the Sol Duc River Valley to where I camped at Heart Lake is also incredibly scenic with old-growth forest, raging creeks and waterfalls crashing into gorges of polished basalt, and a thriving population of mountain goats to boot! Heart Lake is also part of the popular High Divide backpacking loop that passes through the Seven Lakes Basin, so unfortunately there's not much solitude here.

The route to Carrie is all trail to The Catwalk - a moderately exposed but easy ridge traverse across the Cat-Carrie saddle, followed by a steep grind up Carrie's SW Ridge and traverse of south-facing snow and scree slopes to the summit. Looking carefully to the northeast from the top, I saw flashes of sunlight reflecting off the cars on Hurricane Ridge Road and was reminded of my first Mount Carrie sighting from that location so many years ago. It was a scorching afternoon by the time I returned to the trailhead, making for an easy decision to pass on the Sol Duc "hotsprings" and instead cool off with a refreshing dip in Cresent Lake!








Friday, August 1, 2014

Cardinal Peak - West Route (std), June 2014



At 8590 ft, Cardinal Peak is the tallest peak on the long divide immediately west of Lake Chelan. Along with neighboring Emerald and Saska peaks, it towers above the alpine cirque at the headwaters of the North Fork Entiat River Valley. Its relatively high elevation, prominence and position makes for excellent 360-degree views, which combined with good bikeable trail access for the bulk of the approach amounts a very reasonable day trip (about 9hrs c2c). As I was already in the area for a MTB ride on Klone Peak, I figured a bike-n-hike to nab the tallest of the NF Entiat peaks the following day would round-out the weekend quite nicely.



Friday, August 1, 2014

Eagle Harbor to Bremerton (kayak), June 2014

This is probably one of the more interesting kayaking day trips in Puget Sound, and being able to carry kayaks aboard the ferries allows for a casual 10 mile one-way paddle. We parked the car at a grossly overpriced pay lot near the Coleman Dock, walked our boat aboard the Winslow ferry and enjoyed a scenic paddle through Rich Passage and Port Orchard to Bremerton. We then took the Bremerton ferry back to Seattle. The current was quite strong near Point White, but fortunately we had timed it so as to go with the flow. No carrier sighting unfortunately but the fair-weather rainbow hanging above Sinclair Inlet was a sight to behold!




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