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Backpack - Gray Wolf–Dosewalips–Cameron Loop

Six night trip exploring the high passes and meadowlands of the Northeast Olympics

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 50.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 10,000 ft

WIC in Port Angeles 12PM Noon Monday 8/21 (for permits).

This trip is strenuous due to both the length of the trip and the weight of food needed as well as the large up and downs.  The each day mileage is not overly great.

Preliminary Itinerary:

Day 1: Carpooling, ferry, WIC-permits, Slab Camp TH

Hike 8miles to Gray Wolf Camp

Day 2:  Hike 8 miles to Cedar Lake, set up camp, explore lake, ridges and pass.

Day 3:  Hike 11.5 miles to Dose Meadows Camp

Day 4: Explore Dose Meadows, Thousand Acre Meadows, Hayden Pass, Scramble Sentinel Peak (optional). Spend second night at Dose Meadows Camp

Day 5: Hike 4 miles over both Lost Pass and Cameron Pass.  Camp at Upper Cameron.  Spend the remainder of day exploring upper basins around passes

Day 6: Explore more of upper basins in the morning, then hike 9 miles downhill to Three Forks Camp

Day 7: Hike out to trailhead--8 miles, ferry, home.

There is an $8 per night per person backcountry fee, paid at WIC when getting permits.  I recommend considering getting an annual ONP Backcountry Pass.

I assume no fires will be allowed.  Group members may want to share items to pare down weight: stoves, first aid kits, pots, water filters.

The trip length and elevation gain shown are for Backpacking between camps only and does not include exploration hikes and the off day at Dose Meadows

 

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Gray Wolf–Dosewalips–Cameron Loop


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Treking poles
  • Cash to contribute your share for carpooling/ferry
  • Money for post trip meal (a hot and hearty meal will sound mighty good)
  • Personal readings material
  • Bonocular/camera
  • Optional items to share: treats, poems, stories, songs, etc.
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