|Morning Mountain Goat Track, Lunch Lake - June 18, 2015|
We started climbing out of the Seven Lakes Basin at 9:00 AM. The strenuous climb was balanced by the peaceful views of the basin. I'm determined to return to this place.
|Charlie and Blue Glacier - High Divide Trail, Olympic National Park - June 18, 2015|
|Heading Down to Heart Lake, Olympic National Park|
|Break After Swim - Heart Lake|
We passed several hikers on our way down into the Sol Duc watershed, every one of them in good spirits. The sky opened up on us as we reached the seven mile footbridge. I made the mistake of setting up my tent at the stock camp located nearby. Craig, Anders and Charlie found a better spot right by the bridge where I eventually moved to. It rained off-and-on into the evening. My last two backpacking trips to the coast have been rain-free. I was overdue. This campsite, although just off the main trail, has a lightly cascading waterfall and sheltering trees. The footbridge itself is slightly suspect. It consists of one large fallen tree boasting a single handrail. We'll have to watch our step with the packs tomorrow morning.
|Crossing Bridge Creek - Sol Duc Watershed|
|Sevenmile Footbridge Campsite - Sol Duc Watershed|