Ready for a backpacking trek? How about the Skyline Trail

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Ready to stretch your legs on a three- or four-day backpack?

High along the spine of the Quinault and Queets River watersheds in the middle of Olympic National Park lies Skyline Ridge — and the rugged, little-used Skyline Trail is as spectacular as it is challenging.

It may be the most challenging primitive trail in the park.

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All the information about this “not for the timid” journey on the Skyline Trail loop, plus photos and a video, was posted by Bret Wirta, “The Incidental Explorer,” at his "Explore Olympics" website (which also includes information about local attractions, resources and accommodations. And there are archived stories back to 2009).

We recently wrote about two other local hikes chronicled by Wirta — a walk along the Olympic Discovery Trail about 30 minutes west of Port Angeles to the abandoned Crescent Mine, and to the New Dungeness Lighthouse at the tip of Dungeness Spit north of downtown Sequim.

For the hike to the lighthouse, click on:

For "Exploring the Crescent Mine," click on:

Last modified: June 07. 2014 8:03AM
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