Friday, December 9, 2016
Despite clouds rolling in and a late 2:00 PM start, I decided to make the snow-covered trek up Mount Storm King out of curiosity of the trail conditions and views, but most importantly, the challenge. The only footprints were my own - incredible experience to have the entire mountain to myself.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the day! (Will add video footage shortly)
Ropes to the Summit
First Viewpoint from the Summit
Southern View of the Olympics
Life on the Edge
Northern View of Lake Crescent and Strait of Juan De Fuca
- Time up: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Time down: 30 minutes
- Trail Conditions: Good snow for footing, however, warmer temperatures and melt could present issues for traction if it refreezes.
Disclaimer: hiking Mount Storm King is one of the more challenging hikes on the Olympic Peninsula even on a day with ideal conditions. It is very steep, has exposed cliffsides, requires the use of ropes to climb to the summit, and a narrow spine at the top to reach the viewpoint. I came very prepared with multiple layers, layers to change into (risk of sweat causing hypothermia), hiking sticks, micro-spikes for my boots, protein bars, and plenty of water.