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Avalanches in the Olympic National Park (Video by Critter)
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marcus hampton
(TheCritter) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Avalanches in the Olympic National Park (Video by Critter) on 04/09/2014 09:11:55 MDT Print View

This video is 6:18 long and exhibits some of the avalanches from a recent trip I took.

http://youtu.be/sbqJg6Uli2s

Edited by TheCritter on 04/09/2014 09:12:31 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Avalanches in the Olympic National Park (Video by Critter) on 04/09/2014 12:49:08 MDT Print View

What kind of explosives did you use?

Diane Pinkers
(dipink) - M

Locale: Western Washington
river in Enchanted Valley on 04/09/2014 17:51:55 MDT Print View

Hey, Critter, my boyfriend had heard that the river in Enchanted Valley had really changed its course this winter, and that it was threatening the Chalet. He was really bummed to hear that, he's got good memories from hiking up into the valley and being able to stay in the chalet (this was in the 70's). Was the river really close to the chalet? It didn't look like it in your video.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
re: Avalanches in the Olympic National Park on 04/09/2014 20:40:54 MDT Print View

Diane,

Here's a link to a trip report on Portlandhikers.org with a good photo of the Chalet (I don't have any connections to any in this report, I just remembered the photos):

http://www.portlandhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=18445

marcus hampton
(TheCritter) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: re: Avalanches in the Olympic National Park on 04/10/2014 13:29:36 MDT Print View

The river has changed course and the bank is cut away under the Chalet. There are people trying to save it. I went out there with an expert house mover sent to assess the situation and an guy from Alaska who has moved cabins. The weight is on the far side of the Chalet so is the chimney, which is anchoring the Chalet in place.

The cabin was built privately by the very rich then it became part of the park when the land was made protected by President Roosevelt. Here are my photos from that trip.

https://www.facebook.com/marcus.hampton.1232/media_set?set=a.644229242279778.1073741853.100000781245608&type=1

Christopher Graf
(cgraf) - M

Locale: So Cal
Enchanted Valley Chalet Pics on 04/10/2014 16:56:28 MDT Print View

ChaletChalet

Looks like if the park service doesn't move the Chalet it will soon be gone :-(

Diane Pinkers
(dipink) - M

Locale: Western Washington
Thanks! on 04/10/2014 20:25:20 MDT Print View

Cool photos and videos. Looks like I should try to make a trip up there this summer to see it again before the chalet goes. What does this mean for camping spots up there? I've never actually camped up there, just hiked in from Pyrites campsite then hiked back out and down the trail. Haven't been all the way through the valley into the pass, either, I'm guessing there are more spots to pitch tents than I've really seen.

marcus hampton
(TheCritter) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Thanks! on 04/11/2014 11:06:23 MDT Print View

Diane, there are plenty of places to camp although I saw no bear wires at Enchanted Valley.

Room for You 2 Camp

Room to Camp

Camping at Chalet

Below is a video from the trip of some Roosevelt elk crossing the trail in front of my group and the way my hungry meat eating friends reacted. These majestic creatures are one of the several types of animals that aren't found outside of the Olympics.

http://youtu.be/Yf1SDiTRs0E

Edited by TheCritter on 04/11/2014 11:22:09 MDT.

Christopher Graf
(cgraf) - M

Locale: So Cal
Bear Wires on 04/11/2014 14:50:36 MDT Print View

There used to be bear wires located at sites located towards the south eastern side of the valley. With the bear population in that area, I would assume they are still there.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Bear Wires on 04/11/2014 17:25:34 MDT Print View

a month ago, a National Park person said there are bear wires at O'Neil, Pyrites, and Enchanted Valley.

That's on my list. Supposed to be more bears there than most places. I was going to try it a month ago but there was so much rain...

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Bear Wires on 04/11/2014 18:02:10 MDT Print View

Maybe I'll see you there Jerry.

Critter et al,

I'm looking to go mid-May. How were the trail conditions as far as being soupy and an obstacle course of blow downs?

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Re: Bear Wires on 04/11/2014 18:08:25 MDT Print View

I've never been there, although I've been close, I was thinking about doing it a month ago

Trail was okay according to that portlandhikers.org trip report. One difficult stream crossing

Christopher Graf
(cgraf) - M

Locale: So Cal
Enchanted Valley on 04/11/2014 19:52:11 MDT Print View

Mid-May/early June is, in my opinion, the most scenic time for this trip. Snow melt is cascading in falls all around the valley walls (used to be called the valley of 10,000 waterfalls).
Trail conditions should be pretty good by then.....with an occasional area of mud that is easily navigated.

marcus hampton
(TheCritter) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Bear Wires on 04/12/2014 08:42:46 MDT Print View

IanB, I thought the trail was in pretty good condition. There was some mud and some people are starting to go around the mud and making new trails. I thought the blowdowns weren't very interesting but some people in my group were complaining about having to deal with them on the return trip. Even the river crossing was okay. I used logs slightly up stream and never got my boots wet. Most of the others waded through almost knee deep water. We went when there was flooding on the trail from two days of hard rain.

The contractor had never been backpacking and he made it in and out in two days...barely. He's the older guy with the tape measure (((pictured below))). The guy in the foreground is a cabin mover from Alaska and the other guy is in politics, fighting to save the chalet.

The Forest Service is out of money so they took what they wanted from the chalet and left it to fall into the river during the spring melt out, never mentioning moving it as an option. Well it didn't fall into the river and now there are plenty of volunteers including a huge group of backcountry horseman volunteers ready to help once a plan is approved. They would grease up steal beams and slide the cabin to a location further from the river where it will be safe for many more years. That is, if this is left to the public which it probably will be.

Anyways, I feel confident saying the backpackers here will find this an enjoyable hike. Even if you don't make it all the way to the Chalet there are plenty of places to camp and plenty of wildlife along the way.

Measuring the Cahlet

Edited by TheCritter on 04/12/2014 14:16:56 MDT.