Sunny Summer Hike
Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
68Trip End Mar 06, 2013
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One of the biggest reasons I decided Chile to be my destination this fall is because of the incredible outdoor activities the country has to offer. Hiking is one of my family's absolute favorite things to do on the weekend, and luckily for us, we live a (relatively) close distance to some wonderful hiking trails. And today, we were planning on heading out to the Grand Valley trail near hurricane ridge in the Olympic National Park. We departed from the homeland at 7am, then took a two hour drive to the town of Port Angeles, which acts as the gateway to the park. We were making wonderful time when we hit a rather disappointing speed bump. Right as we turned into the park, there was a large sign stating the the road we needed to connect onto to get to the trailhead, was closed for a bike ride of some sorts
So after the setback, we headed further westward to the Elwha River loop. This particular river had been on the local news over the past year due to the fact that the dam, that was negatively altering the annual run of salmon, was taken down, thus drastically opening up the river system to more anadromous fish. As we drove deeper into the mountains, along the river, we noticed the water was quite murky and stained a clay-coloured grey. There was even a sneak peak of the dam deconstruction site. Once we pasted the old location of the Elwha dam, the river took on a new life, as the waters became more turbulent and an icy blue. We were almost at the trailhead when we spotted an adorable little bird called a ruffled grouse. It didn't seemed to have much fear of us and although I would have loved to observe the grouse for a bit longer, but another car popped up behind our vehicle and we were forced onward.
Once we arrived at the trailhead we wasted little time getting on the hike. The trail was very nicely maintained, and started off with beautiful views of the Olympic peaks
We had stumbled upon a small little cabin where we camped out on the porch and nibbled on some cheese, cucumbers, and other munchies. It was a much needed pitstop. The temperature today was record breaking and scorched into the mid 90's, making the moderate hike, much more demanding. But once we left the cabin, we made a beeline for the parking lot. It was an absolutely beautiful hike, and a wonderful way to spend a sunny Sunday in the Pacific Northwest.