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Slab Camp Creek and Gray Wolf River

Olympic Peninsula

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Hiked Mar 24, 2013

Type of Hike

Overnight

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Muddy or wet trail.

Snow

Snowfields to cross - could be difficult
I was kind of apprehensive about this trip with the time of year, but I didn't need to be. The Olympic NF said the TH might not be accessible. There was snow starting at 1900 ft but the roads were clear and I made it with a Sentra. ONF also said snow level was 1200 ft. They were close, but what they didn't tell me was that is was only remnant dusting ant the trail is in good shape. From the trail head there is minor snow remnants and some left over ice. No need for any traction control. I slipped in the mud more. The trail is well maintained and only has a few small, 10 inch or less, trees that can be stepped over easily. There are quite a few places with water and/or mud. Luckily I had gaitors,(recommended). My original plan was to hike into and stay at Slide Camp along the Upper Gray Wolf trail at Slide creek . When I got there is was much colder that everywhere else and kind of tiny and right on the trail. So I turned around and headed back the 2.5 miles to Din can flats to camp. The 3 sights there are very adequate, large and with fire pits. If this is your plan, make base camp at Duncan flat and explore the rest. Seeking of exploring, after setting up camp, I went east on the gray wolf trail to see where the bridge was out. This part of the trail you can tell if infrequently travelled. About a 1/4 mile from the junction there is another trail that goes almost straight down to the bank on the river. I didn't try that one. In about another 1/4 mile the trail is at river level and there is another great campsite. I followed the trail as far as I could go. About 1 mile, 30 minutes walking. Also along the way there is a rock slide that must be crossed, 30 ft, a large tree across the trail that must be crawled under, and another tree across that you must crawl through branches. I ended at another large landslide I wasn't eager to traverse, so I never made it to the bridge that is out.

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