Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Enchanted Valley Hike, Olympic National Park, Washington Part 4 (Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip)

By the time we reached Fire Creek bridge, it was nearing 9:00pm. Luckily for us though, the sun during July sets late and the path was still well illuminated.

We ran into some elk having their dinner.

The elk didn't run away immediately which suggested to me that they were used to seeing humans. At the same time, never once did they let us escape their gaze, constantly moving their head and eyes as we walked past.

Soon, natural day light did eventually leave us, but by then, we were already near the O'Neil Creek campsite. At 6.5 miles away from the Graves Trailhead, I felt this was the perfect place to stop if we weren't intent on finishing the Enchanted Valley hike that day.

At the O'Neil Creek campsite, space is limited. Only two sites actually have protected pits for fires, while the remaining two sites don't. Surprisingly, the sites were completely filled when we arrived, 10pm at night. I would have guessed that on a weekday, not a lot of people would be hiking the trail.

Worst case scenario, we could have set up camp anywhere along the path further down the road or a little bit before. There is no "designated" camp site per-se where you have you set up tent. You can set it up anywhere as long as there aren't any vegetation on the ground.

With the rain beating heavily on us now, and tired from the hike, we found space far enough from the other tents to set up on. As quietly as we could, we set up under a tree. Soon, we were making our simple dinner and then just as quickly, we were asleep. But not before securing everything in our bear canister first of course!

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