Anderson Pass

August 2003: A trip to Mt. LaCrosse & the Anderson Pass area
click to enlarge   On this trip, I hiked the trail along the Dosewallips River to explore one of the more remote sections of Olympic National Park. This small cascading waterfall was near the intersection with the trail to LaCrosse Pass.
click to enlarge   The lush environment, remote locale, and National Park protection of the Olympic Mountains provide ideal conditions to support an abundance of wildlife. During this trip, I saw a herd of Elk, a Deer with two fawns, and this lonesome mountain goat. Black Bears are also a common sight.
click to enlarge   I first headed to LaCrosse Pass, then along the ridge toward the summit of Mt. LaCrosse. As I paused on a steep slope and tried to convince myself it was safe to proceed the final 200 feet up the summit, a thick grey cloud moved-in and obscured all views. It didn't appear the cloud was going to dissipate, so my decision was made - there was no sense in proceeding through the soup. Instead, I headed down a broad mountain valley toward the Anderson Pass area. Mt. Anderson can be seen in the photo here. Anderson pass is hidden under the clouds to the left side of the photo.
click to enlarge   This fern was growing on the alpine slopes of Mt. LaCrosse. I'm not certain which species it is. Perhaps Fragile Fern?
click to enlarge   I spent the night camped on the slopes of Mt. LaCrosse. In the morning I descended to Anderson Pass, then climbed to the edge of the glacial morraine below the Anderson Glacier and its un-named lake. The most popular route to the top of Mt. Anderson heads up the Anderson Glacier then over Flypaper Pass (the low point on the ridge just right of center on this photo) and up the Eel Glacier on the north side of the mountain.
click to enlarge   The early morning provided a few moments of sunlight on Mt. Anderson. Someday, I'll have to go back and climb this beautiful mountain. It would be more enjoyable with more time and better weather... and safer with a climbing partner... anyone want to plan a trip?
click to enlarge   This Cow Parsnip was growing in the Honeymoon Meadows area. Usually, the flowers of this plant spread flat, not into a sphere like this one.
click to enlarge   A small pond on the slopes of Mt. LaCrosse reflects the broken clouds. The sky remained gray nearly the entire trip, but it only rained briefly.

Where is it?
  Anderson Pass is near the center of the Olympic Mountains in the state of Washington, USA. The nearest trailhead is over 10 miles from Anderson Pass.

Before you go...
  The Dosewallips River road is washed-out 5.5 miles from the old "road end". Don't expect the road to be fixed anytime soon... if ever. You can bike the 5.5 miles, but be aware that the last mile contains a very steep slope that's easier to just walk up. I rode my bike about 4.5 miles from the washout, walking the last mile. Although pedaling 4.5 miles uphill was a bit of work, I was really happy to coast down back to my car at the end of the trip!

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