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A sea of alpine flowers
At the Marmot Pass
Looking back
Up towards Buckhorn
Panorama south
View north, with Mnt Baker far in the background and our destination Mnt. Buckhorn to the right
Trail to Buckhorn
Summit boulder shots
Panorama south
Looking east
Panorama east
To say that the parking lot was packed is an understatement. With a late-ish start of 2:10pm, the only people we met on the way up were those camping for the night.
An occasional glimpse of the mountains after an hour+ under the refreshing canopy of the forest
Looking up the slope
Marmot Pass shows up ahead
By the time we drove to the Olympics, found a campsite and arrived at the trailhead, it was past 2pm. Loo late of a start for most day hikers, so the trail wasn’t crowded despite a large number of vehicles. However, we passed a few parties geared up to spend the night in the beautiful meadows. The thick canopy of trees was very welcome in the 30-degree heat but it was good to see the mountains show up once we came out into the alpine vibrant with wildflowers. A couple of muddy patches which weren't a big deal now, but are likely wider and more abundant earlier in the season. Filtered some water from the creek near the campsite and headed up towards the pass.

While the views from Marmot pass are nice, they are not much more than that; you really need to get higher up to appreciate the beauty of the area. A shorter option is a small knoll to the south of the pass, a longer one is Mnt Buckhorn to the north, with thin obvious trails leading to both destinations. Buckhorn it was, once all four of us agreed we’re fine with finishing up the trip with headlamps (it was nearly 5pm by the time we arrived at the pass). A dusty scree leading up to the first two bumps, and a pleasant albeit short rocky scramble to the summit of Buckhorn. Great views of the mountains to the south, plus both Mnt Baker and Mnt Rainier visible despite the haze. We took our time enjoying the summit: the advantage of showing up late in the day was having it all to ourselves.
at 12am Aug 21, 2010
A book is a great way to start! I knew nothing of the region until having to browse the websites looking for ideas. The area south of us looked much more interesting, with higher mountains and patches of snow.
at 8pm Aug 20, 2010
Nice to see a report from the Olympics! We recently bought a map and book for the area and are looking for ideas.
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