Hikes in Olympics
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I'm looking for a hike in the Olympics during late July, preferably for four or five days. I'm thinking of doing High Divide, but if anyone has any other trips I should consider, please let me know.
If you have four or five days try to connect a few of the river valleys. There are several passes you can do this through, high divide probably being the best. Did the Hoh valley in December and it was fantastic. It might be exceedingly crowded in July however.
You may try doing a traverse of the park by heading up the North Fork of the Quinalt, crossing Low Divide and Packing out the Elwha River Valley. This hike has been on my list for a while. However, I would agree that if you only can do one trip in the Olympics, it should probably be High Divide, since the scenery is spectacular.
High Divide in my opinion is the epitome of Olympic backpacks so you really can't go wrong there. There are other nice trails, such as the Hoh, Elwha, etc...but nothing really matches High Divide.