Mt. Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park at 7965 feet. That's not high as western mountains go, but it is very near the the coast. The intense precipitation in the region means that is has many glaciers.
From our camp at the Hoh Guard Station, the hike goes up the Hoh Valley, then crosses the Hoh River on the High Hoh Bridge, then following Glacier Creek to the Blue Glacier. It's about 18 miles roundtrip and 4000 feet up to the spot on top of the lateral moraine that was our top spot.
The Hoh River and it's gravel bar
Plenty of fungi in this wet environment
The Hoh River from High Hoh Bridge
More impressive fungi - more than a foot wide
First views of peaklets on the side of Mt Olympus
Just before getting to the highest camp area at Glacier Meadows, there is this huge washout. You have to descend this ladder and hike up some steep and slippery sand on the other side
Bob is descending the ladder
One of a few ptarmigan we saw up high
Smaller fungi growing out of a log
From high on the trail, we struck off right to get to the top of the lateral moraine for views of the Blue Glacier
Heading back down: Elk Lake, the Hoh Valley, and signs of the end of our sunshine
continue to the Hoh Valley