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Very very very secluded...kind of scary lol my rating is not fair cause I could've only imagined the solitude as the previous reviews described...my truck didn't make it up due to LOTS of snow and lack of 4x4 drive....I was .6 miles from the top and my truck almost slipped down a ridge!! Had to really get creative to get it from not falling to its certain doom! At the same time the snow kept dumping...managed after a while then humbly reversed it all the way back down dodging more close calls....but on the good side I did find a cool little "Y" in the river that is easy to spot from the road....made for a nice peaceful river rapid view as I read up on my book under the mossy canopy! I will be back to avenge that ridge!!!
Tide is key here! I barely made it along with a couple from Florida who like myself were walking quickly to get in the hole while the tide steadily rose in front of us! Pretty thrilling! Very beautiful beach hike makes for gorgeous pics in the sun and in the snow/hail as we found!! There is one part a little more than halfway that when the tide comes in you will have to go up into the mouth of the woods and hike thru a little brush and less than obvious trails but then it pops you right back out onto the beach!
To date this was the most rewarding backpacking experience I've ever had. I did the loop in two days and that's not very difficult. But, you'll wish you spent more time there once you're done. It is one of the crown jewels of ONP. If I go back, it will be a three nights minimum trip. The views of Mount Olympus and the Hoh River, as well as the Seven Lakes Basin, should have you completely captivated. I second Mitch's recommendation to hike this clockwise (camping at either Sol Duc Park or Heart Lake on the first night) and doing the loop in the latter half of summer to avoid using the ice axe and crampons. There is one tricky stretch of this loop approaching Bogachiel Peak that would be tricky when covered with snow and potentially ice.