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    Member Since August 2017

    Meg Ross Pro-red@3x

    Port Angeles, Washington 

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    Meg Ross reviewed Enchanted Valley Chalet via East Fork Quinault River Trail

    about 1 month ago

    I went right AFTER Memorial Day solo. I have no (and i mean NO) thru hiking experience and am definitely out of shape. But i spent about 6 months researching what i needed to do to be prepared.

    I wanted to do this trek to take some high resolution photos —- my passion. Carrying a medium format camera, tripod and bear cannister, etc., I managed to go slow and still complete the trail in 4 days, 3 nights. But, going back down from Pyrites to the trailhead only took me one day. It was a schlep for me going up the incline on the way in. Going down was a piece of cake in comparison. I’m sure my mild asthma doesn’t help.

    I was lucky with weather: Sunny every day and only about 10 minutes of drizzle as I headed into the valley on Tuesday afternoon. There was a ranger stationed in the valley at the chalet for the Memorial Day weekend, so that made me feel quite safe when I arrived. There were campers throughout, but I’d hardly call it busy or crowded.

    However, when I returned to Pyrites, I was the ONLY person camping there Wednesday night which made me feel a little Blair Witch Project-esq. And folks had spotted bears at this camp site over the holiday, so I had those rumors stuck in my head and couldn’t sleep. Couple that with smelling smoke at 2:30 am and having to get out of the tent and investigate it only to find some idiot campers from the night prior didn’t properly extinguish their camp fire ——- scary. And I was still scared of the damn bear rumors.

    And then, the next day, as I was walking alone past ONeils to Pony Bridge, I was completely alone and ran across a cub and her very big Mama Bear right on the trail. And I wasn’t carrying bear spray. Needless to say, when I tried to make myself look big, and clicked my trekking poles to make noise ——- the mom really didn’t care and was sizing me up for a good 3 minutes, I was terrified. And felt really stupid. I did have a whistle that I tried blowing to make noise, but I felt like it was more of a dinner bell for the mama bear. It was like a bird chirping or annoying her precious cub. So I stopped and kept with the trekking poles —— alternating between waving them big and between banging them together. When that didn’t work, I tried to slowly walk backwards the opposite direction where I came from, up a slight incline, and I think that’s what made her relax enough to run into the bushes after her cub. It took me a good 10 minutes to work up the courage to pass the area where they were standing on the path before disappearing into the brush.

    When I got to Pony Bridge, no one was camping there Thursday eve —- again. So, because I didn’t want to repeat my prior nights fears, and because of my actual bear scare, I ended up suffering through blisters to get back to the trailhead and find a nice hotel for the eve.

    The trail itself was beautiful. If I had a hiking buddy and wasn’t doing this both solo and for the first time, and if i was carrying bear spray, I think I would have loved it. I could have also dropped the weight of the camera and tripod and that would have made me enjoy this more because then I wouldn’t feel like I was working so hard.

    If you have any experience hiking and camping, you will love this trail.

    If you wanna cut weight and keep up speed, drop the bear canister and use a bear bag and camp instead at Pyrites where there is bear wire. Then you can day hike up to the valley and back and not have to re-pitch a tent.

    I could have done a lot of things better. But for a first experience, and despite my own fears, it was still a good hike. Character building. And from now on, I’m never skipping the bear spray to save weight.

    Meg Ross reviewed Enchanted Valley Chalet via East Fork Quinault River Trail

    about 1 month ago

    I went right AFTER Memorial Day solo. I have no (and i mean NO) thru hiking experience and am definitely out of shape. But i spent about 6 months researching what i needed to do to be prepared.

    I wanted to do this trek to take some high resolution photos —- my passion. Carrying a medium format camera, tripod and bear cannister, etc., I managed to go slow and still complete the trail in 4 days, 3 nights. But, going back down from Pyrites to the trailhead only took me one day. It was a schlep for me going up the incline on the way in. Going down was a piece of cake in comparison. I’m sure my mild asthma doesn’t help.

    I was lucky with weather: Sunny every day and only about 10 minutes of drizzle as I headed into the valley on Tuesday afternoon. There was a ranger stationed in the valley at the chalet for the Memorial Day weekend, so that made me feel quite safe when I arrived. There were campers throughout, but I’d hardly call it busy or crowded.

    However, when I returned to Pyrites, I was the ONLY person camping there Wednesday night which made me feel a little Blair Witch Project-esq. And folks had spotted bears at this camp site over the holiday, so I had those rumors stuck in my head and couldn’t sleep. Couple that with smelling smoke at 2:30 am and having to get out of the tent and investigate it only to find some idiot campers from the night prior didn’t properly extinguish their camp fire ——- scary. And I was still scared of the damn bear rumors.

    And then, the next day, as I was walking alone past ONeils to Pony Bridge, I was completely alone and ran across a cub and her very big Mama Bear right on the trail. And I wasn’t carrying bear spray. Needless to say, when I tried to make myself look big, and clicked my trekking poles to make noise ——- the mom really didn’t care and was sizing me up for a good 3 minutes, I was terrified. And felt really stupid. I did have a whistle that I tried blowing to make noise, but I felt like it was more of a dinner bell for the mama bear. It was like a bird chirping or annoying her precious cub. So I stopped and kept with the trekking poles —— alternating between waving them big and between banging them together. When that didn’t work, I tried to slowly walk backwards the opposite direction where I came from, up a slight incline, and I think that’s what made her relax enough to run into the bushes after her cub. It took me a good 10 minutes to work up the courage to pass the area where they were standing on the path before disappearing into the brush.

    When I got to Pony Bridge, no one was camping there Thursday eve —- again. So, because I didn’t want to repeat my prior nights fears, and because of my actual bear scare, I ended up suffering through blisters to get back to the trailhead and find a nice hotel for the eve.

    The trail itself was beautiful. If I had a hiking buddy and wasn’t doing this both solo and for the first time, and if i was carrying bear spray, I think I would have loved it. I could have also dropped the weight of the camera and tripod and that would have made me enjoy this more because then I wouldn’t feel like I was working so hard.

    If you have any experience hiking and camping, you will love this trail.

    If you wanna cut weight and keep up speed, drop the bear canister and use a bear bag and camp instead at Pyrites where there is bear wire. Then you can day hike up to the valley and back and not have to re-pitch a tent.

    I could have done a lot of things better. But for a first experience, and despite my own fears, it was still a good hike. Character building. And from now on, I’m never skipping the bear spray to save weight.

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