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High Divide Backpacking Trip

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Posted in Hiking by Joel Gross

I took my little brother Josh backpacking for 4 days to the Olympic National Park this last weekend to hike the High Divide Loop trail. The High Divide Loop trail is gorgeous and a lot of fun, and if you ever get an opportunity you should try it out. At 18.7 miles and a fair bit of elevation gain, the High Divide is a moderately difficult hike depending on how many days you do it in. Josh and I stayed at Sol Duc Falls the first night (.8 miles in), Lunch Lake the second night, and at Sol Duc Park our final night. Pictures and video of the trip are below.

Josh and I made the video below at the trailhead before we left:

Video of the Sol Duc Falls camping area.

We stopped off at Deer Lake to eat some snacks:

Pictures of Lunch Lake on the High Divide Loop:

Lunch Lake

Lunch Lake


Lunch Lake

Lunch Lake

Washer boy

Washer boy

Lunch lake video:

Deer at our camp at Lunch Lake:

Nighttime raid of deer coming to lick the salt off the ground in the spots we peed:

Scenic views

Scenic views

Deer

Deer

Cooking...

Cooking...

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views

Clear Lake

Clear Lake

Lunch lake... so clear

Lunch lake... so clear

More deer

More deer

Hiking along the High Divide

Mountaineer Man

Mountaineer Man

Josh didn’t properly secure his sleeping bag and it went bounding down the mountain. I thought we’d lost it over a cliff, but I decided to go down and check.

Crab Crawling Down the Hill to Save the Sleeping Bag

Crab Crawling Down the Hill to Save the Sleeping Bag

Me expressing my feelings towards Josh for making me climb down 200 yards on a sketchy steep wet hill that ended in a cliff:

Josh on the mountain

Josh loved the hippy rocks

Josh loved the hippy rocks

Final day video at Sol Duc Park: