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We backpacked into Elk Lake in one day, from 8:30 am, to 4:00 pm. From Elk Lake, we started at 4:30 am and we hiked through the lateral moraine, and to the end of the ridge by 7:00 am, and it was magnificent. We were blessed with amazing weather, no clouds, and being all alone. We hiked back to Elk Lake by 9:00, packed up and hiked out with our gear by 4:15 pm. I wouldn't recommend 2 day/1 night-ing this trip. If I did it again, I'd either get all the way to Glacier Meadows on Day 1, or leave earlier on Day 1, drop off gear at Elk Lake, and summit the same day. Or just do 3 days/2 nights. We found a canceled campsite at Kalaloch beach for Sunday night, so we made a goal to get back early enough to get there, and see the sunset at the beach. We wrecked our bodies, but I don't think many people can watch the sun come up next to Blue Glacier, and then watch the sun set over the ocean from Kalaloch Beach in one day.

One Note: We did the rope bridge/ladder between Elk Lake and Glacier Meadows at approx. 5:15 am, and still no sun light. No where did I read where you go after you climb down, but once at the bottom of the ladder, you walk straight left, and climb back out of the valley via the rocks.

Unforgettable experience.

Magnificent nature at its best. Feels wonderful to be among all those beautiful trees and the views of the river are so peaceful and amazing.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

By far the toughest and the most incredible hike I have been on.

Day1: We hiked up to the Hoh OxBow campground and setup tent by the river. Very flat hike and the campground had great views of the river.

Day2: Hiked up from Hoh OxBow up to Blue Glacier and down again. This was the most strenuous part.
The last stretch climbing up to Blue Glacier is very steep and the terrain is very rugged. Persevering with the tough terrain though has the most gratifying prize at the top - panoramic views of the Blue Glaciers.
The glaciers remain out of sight until the very last step of the climb, when in an instance the climb ends and the glacier surrounds you. The view will literally blow you away.

Climbing down all the way can get hard on the knees.

Day3: Hike down to the parking.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Truly an amazing Hike and Climb!!! The Blue Glacier on a full moon is unbelievable and Mount Olympus has been on my list for the last couple of years... it is incredible!!

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

up until the ladder and glacier meadows, it was a bit of a yawn, except for the big, majestic trees. but from the ladder to the glacier was jaw dropping. Came across a goat near the summit which was amazing. Great 2 night, 3 day trip.

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Friday, August 21, 2015