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Olympic National Park is a vast area roughly 40x50 miles with little access other than by foot. The Park contains peaks up to the heavily glaciated 7965ft Mt Olympus and numerous crags of variable quality at the ranges base near sea level. Access to these climbs varies from day hikes to multiday brushcrashes through slide alder and devils club that will leave most wondering why they climb. Considered less appealling by most climbers in the pacific north west due to the choss and long approaches the peak bagger and adventurist will be very satified. Many of the peaks in the park rarely if ever see ascents and it is not hard to find yourself completely alone for days often times even while on trails. Its for this reason that wildlife is abundant and sasquaches are around every bend. There are a few areas of interest for the serious rock climber however. The popular sawtooth ridge, and the Needles crags hold rock of a much higher quality with some exciting and unique ascents. The most recent 4th addition of The Climbers Guide to the Olympic Mountains contains much better descriptions of these technical climbs as well of several recently developed crags located along many of the river drainages accessing the park.
Approaches vary depending on the peak and route but expect an epic if your used to a trail hike. Most of the river drainages have dirt roads that allow initail access to the interior. Hurricane Ridge Road out of Port Angeles is popular access for day hikes and climbs but is closed at night. Expect steep approach trails.
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Blue Glacier 4th 1 2 I M 1b Mod. Snow WA : Olympic National Park : Mount Olympus
Typically done over 3 or 4 days. On day 1, hike into Glacier Meadows. There is a rope ladder over loose scree that you have to down-climb located a few miles from Glacier Meadows. Otherwise, the trail is fairly straightforward to follow, albeit long.Day 2 is summit day. Hike to top of the lateral moraine east of the Blue Glacier. Descend to the glacier over the loose moraine. The glacier travel is fairly moderate and easy-going. Depending on conditions, you can choose to traverse across or aroun...[more] Browse More Classics in WA
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