Olympic Coast North, Jan. 4-6

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Olympic Coast North, Jan. 4-6

Post by cunningkeith » January 8th, 2017, 6:04 pm

I took advantage of our cold, clear weather to get my backpacking year started early. We are so lucky to have the Olympic coast within a long day's drive. Although I've hiked the full southern section of the coast, this was my first time trying the northern section. It was an out-and-back from Rialto Beach to Cedar Creek (about 17 miles RT). The days were short, the weather was clear, and the place was wondrously empty.

Camp #1 (just south of Cape Johnson near Chilean Memorial)
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The hike on Day #2 between Cape Johnson and Cedar Creek had some great views
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Strange looking sea creature
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Cedar Creek
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The winter sunsets were long and amazing.
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Hole in the wall on the way back to Rialto
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Re: Olympic Coast North, Jan. 4-6

Post by retired jerry » January 8th, 2017, 6:29 pm

That's a great winter hike

Too bad the owner hasn't given me permission to see those pictures :)

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Re: Olympic Coast North, Jan. 4-6

Post by cunningkeith » January 8th, 2017, 7:23 pm

Fixed (I think). Image hosting never gets easy.

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Re: Olympic Coast North, Jan. 4-6

Post by Peder » January 8th, 2017, 8:02 pm

retired jerry wrote:That's a great winter hike

Too bad the owner hasn't given me permission to see those pictures :)
Those are fantastic pictures!
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Re: Olympic Coast North, Jan. 4-6

Post by Webfoot » January 9th, 2017, 2:31 am

Alluring photos. What was the weather like?

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Re: Olympic Coast North, Jan. 4-6

Post by retired jerry » January 9th, 2017, 6:15 am

yeah, great pictures

I was there several years ago and do some beach trip at least once a year

winter is great if you wait for a good weather window, and tide

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Re: Olympic Coast North, Jan. 4-6

Post by mountainkat » January 9th, 2017, 10:46 am

Wonderful photos! I have had the same idea of catching a good winter weather window and backpacking that northern section. It looks like you timed it perfectly! Thanks for the reminder! What were the night time temperatures like for you?

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Re: Olympic Coast North, Jan. 4-6

Post by cunningkeith » January 9th, 2017, 8:43 pm

Webfoot wrote:Alluring photos. What was the weather like?
The lows were in the 20s. The highs were in the 30s. The first two days were sunny (I actually got a sunburn). The last day was overcast with mild showers. I just brought a lot of layers like I was snow camping. I didn't retire to the tent until 8:30ish each night. Great sunsets and stars. But, yeah, it was cold . . .

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