This is what the switchback part of the trail looked like.
Blunoz Self Portrait by the Dosewallips River
Long shadows at the end of the day.
On the hill over the washout.
This was a first. When we arrived back at the car, the boys declared "victory pose!" and ordered me to take a photo of them. Goofballs.
Hike Stats: When I'm searching for places to hike with my kids, I appreciate having some basic facts and figures about the hike for me to judge if it's doable with my kids. With that in mind, I hope other parents considering this hike find the following information useful.
- Date: 6 October 2012
- Time of Departure: Left the house about 10 a.m. Stopped at the Quilcene Ranger Station to stamp my book, then had lunch at Logger's Landing (great food and excellent service). By the time we got up to the end of the Dosewallips Road and started our hike, it was 1:41 p.m.
- Time of Return: Around 4:30 p.m back at the car. Held up by the Hood Canal Bridge opening on our way back. Stopped and picked up Mike's Four Star Barbecue in Port Gamble on our way home. Got home around 6:30 p.m.
- Elapsed: 2 hours 52 minutes
- Moving Time (GPS): 1 hours 48 minutes
- Stopped Time (GPS): 1 hour 4 minutes
- Mileage (GPS): 5.0 miles
- Avg Speed (GPS): 1.8 mph
- Elevation Gain: 725 feet
- Max Elevation: 1,004 feet
- Weather: Clear and sunny.
- Winds: None.
- Air Temp: 61F climbing to 66F by the car thermometer. It felt a little chilly at spots along the river.
- Trail: Well-defined hard-pack dirt or gravel trail.
- Crowds? Not crowded, but not alone. There were about a dozen cars parked at the washout. We passed about a dozen people along the way going in both directions.
- Hazards? Some short but steep
dropoffs into roaring rapids below.
- Geocaches? Didn't bother looking - assumed there were none because it's a National Park.
- Kit: Long sleeve T-shirt, shorts, new Merrell Moab Gortex hiking boots, ballcap, walking stick.
- Route: Intended to follow the route of #3 in my ONP day hikes book, but never made it to the Dosewallips Park Ranger station due to the road washout. Note to self: Check road conditions on national park website. Instead just hiked along the road. If I didn't have my kids with me, I would have kept going all the way up to the Park Ranger Station.
- Facilities: None.