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Press Expedition Traverse is a 48.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

Length 48.9 mi Elevation gain 7,749 ft Route type Point to Point

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River

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5 day/4 night thru-hike from Hurricane Ridge (North) to Lake Quinault (South) through Olympic National Park trails.

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Thomas J.
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

There are several trees fall over, grass and weeds overgrown in many parts of the path, and several deep muddy holes to walk through. We only saw two deer as we left the trail. We only did 2 miles down and then went 2 miles back total 4 miles. Download map, cell no service.

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Russell Moore
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RunningBlowdownBridge outMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

Did this as a run in about 16:40. An amazing journey, but not without difficulties. Deep into it we lost the trail due to so many downed trees, but got our bearings - bring something with gps so you stay on track. At this time be prepared to deal with lots of downed trees from N. Fork to Low Divide or the other way around depending on what direction you go. Miles of unmanacured trails, be prepared to deal with that. Well worth the journey! I don't think I'll be running this again anytime soon. I give it 5 stars because it's beautiful and you see so much along the way.

Steve Corson
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BackpackingBlowdown

Full trip review here: https://montyboca.com/blog/2019/8/6/corso-solo-oly-national-park-days-1-2 https://montyboca.com/blog/2019/8/13/corso-solo-iii-olympic-national-park-wa-day-3-amp-4 I completed this hike solo in mid July. 4 days / 3 nights South to North. Lake Qunialt to Madison Falls/Elwha River Overall, this is a fantastic hike. Not too strenuous, 80% forest walking and hugging rivers. I camped at Low Divide, Hayes River and Lillian Camp. HIGHLY recommend Hayes and Lillian. Beautiful sites right on the river. As mentioned by other reviewers, there are a few muddy spots, a few rivers to ford and salmon berries are thick in a few places. But you always can find the trail. Amazing old growth, ferns, shrubs and berries after every turn. I will say right after Low Divide going north, there is an area of serious tree fall and scraggly trees. It was really hard to find the trail. I lost it for about an hour but compass work and dead reckoning righted the ship. Be careful. But this whole trek is just amazing. The trees and moss never get old. Don't let the whiskey bend checkpoint fool you. You still have 6-7 miles left to go on a forest service/paved road. It feel a bit like a slog. But well worth it! For a larger group, I would recommend 5 days/ 4 nights.

Mark McKWee
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Did this hike a few years ago and just found it again. Was absolutely stunning but recommend coming the opposite way as them the hike is easier and you can camp at the nice camps. Take time to enjoy the scenery.

Phil Hildebrand
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Hiking

Had a really amazing time Hiking this trail solo from 9/19/18 though 9/25/18 with a rest day at low divide. Day 1 - Started at Madison Falls trail head with a 7 mile hike start on dirt roads due to the washout. A few more miles and camped at Humes Ranch. Bear wire was a bit difficult to find as it's across the meadow near the river bed back in the trees, so ignore the first few campsights if you hike through the meadow first. Day 2 - Sunny hike to Elkhorn Camp - probably one of the nicest camps. Was able to use the 4 bunk shelter with another solo hiker, easy access to the river for water, and the bear wire is easy to see. Also saw a ranger using the Ranger hut there. Day 3 - Crossed Hayes river (Hayes River ranger station was under renovation) and there was a large washout of the trail just after the bridge. Because it was dry it was straight forward to get around. Camped at Camp Wilder, and again was fortunate to be able to use the 2 bunk shelter there, so a second day without having to setup the tent. Bear wire was easy to find, just south west of the shelter - and a small stream on the other side for water. Day 4 - It rained all day, and had two spots with difficult trail findings. One was just after crossing the Elwah River before Chicago Camp, there was a large blow down of trees that hid where the trail crossed a large stream via a 3-4 foot diameter log. The second spot was just after crossing the Elwah again after Chicago Camp as there was a "T" in the trail. Go right, as left was obviously an old trail or offshoot and after about 1/10th of a mile it's clear it's not the right way. Because of the rain and the fact that the trail team had not been through between Chicago Camp and Low Divide, there were many large tree falls to navigate under/over/around and a couple large streams/small waterfalls to cross on the way up to Low Divide. The lakes at Low Divide were beautiful, and there are two campgrounds, the first just after the lakes, and the second across the meadow near the Ranger Hut. Day 5 - Took a rest day at Low Divide, spent all day drying out gear and ready in the meadow - amazing views. Day 6 - Hiked down to Elip Creek campground. Trail was good, a few washout spots. Didn't bother to use the Trapper shelter (2 bunk) cause it's right on the trail and not super impressive, but would be great if it was dumping rain. Elip Creek bear wire was down, but the high wire was still up and someone had kindly left a rope. I added a carabiner to the rope for ease of hanging food stores, and left it for the next camper. Instead of Fording the river at 16 mile, I chose to take the short side trail 1/10 mile up the river to a large log that the trail team had prepped for those that didn't want to get wet. Ford at Elip Creek was easy (able to get across on rocks). Day 7 - Easy hike (7 miles) out to North Fork Campground (car camping). A couple places where the trail had washed out and had to hike up and round, but nothing difficult. All in all, and incredible time!

Charles Crimmins
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Hiking
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Dan Rohrer
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Justin Carver
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Hiking
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