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A powerful vista and a wonderful photo. Not something easily achieved. An automatic Favorite!

Not "damage" to the Beaver :-) They've been so heavily trapped in the last ten years...

Found a description of it in the original Beckey's Bible

Eric Sandbo,

You made a nice capture of the chimney.


This looks like an aerial photo, but was shot from at or near the high point of our attempt on Nooksack Tower. We had intended this as a normal two-day weekend, but at this point it was 6:00 Sunday evening, and our car was parked in the valley bottom near the top of the photo. We rappelled and downclimbed rotten rock and steep snow/ice through the night, reaching our camp beside the glacier at 6:00 Monday morning, 23 hours and 50 minutes after we had left it. Details in Derek Franzen's trip report on

I guess in the summer it's a sharp, rock ridge requiring some care to traverse. We had it good on this January weekend, other than camping high on the mountain in temperatures in the negative teens.

You'll find more info on Davis Peak, including more photos of our climb of it on

Yes, it's right down in the bottom land, just far enough from the clear, rushing creek to protect it from erosion around its roots. I'm sure it gets flooded a bit every spring. Even on the dry summer day we hiked there, the soil was moist here in the bottoms. It's a short, but beautiful hike, ending here at a washed-out bridge. You might be able to ford the creek in late summer or fall. The trail seems to have been forgotten; we saw no human footprints on it. The trailhead parking was gravel, but so little-used that it was being taken over by soft, green grass.

Very nice picture

I started with my old hiking guide, "102 Hikes in the S Cascades & Olympics," published by The Mountaineers. It's decades old now, and has been replaced by more complete guides covering smaller sections of the state. My best source was the Olympic National Park website. They check a lot of hikers in and out for those beaches, and know what to look for. I brought USGS maps for the area, but the ONP backcountry office at Port Angeles sells a map to cover just the coastal strip in the same detail. It also shows approved camps and, at certain low passages, the highest tide that will allow you to pass with dry feet. The Park will charge you for the privilege of backpacking the beaches, but it's cheap entertainment. They will rent bear-proof food containers cheap to anyone who doesn't bring their own. There's a big difference between June weather and July weather. We had some significant rain in July, but in June you may not see the sun at all.

Two reasons I chose the south portion, either of which may not apply to you: the N half involves that long drive off highway 101 to Ozette Lake or Cape Flattery makes dropping off a car a real chore, and since I was hiking with only my 12-y.o. son, there weren't many alternatives involving a second car. As it was, I searched the Forks Chamber of Commerce website and found a car-moving service for hikers. They were a husband & wife who, for a reasonable fee, rode with us to the Third Beach trailhead, then drove our car home for a few days, then left it for us at Oil City, on the Hoh River. It worked perfectly. I don't know if a similar service is available at the N end, or if you have that covered. The other reason is that the N beaches hike is so popular that I wasn't sure we could get approved after driving all the way to P.A. The S hike doesn't suffer from that kind of overuse. If you hike the N part, you'll probably learn why it's so popular. Go prepared to time you life by the tides, and you'll have a great time.

Location is that of the photographer; the spires are 3.5 miles (5.6 km) SSW.

Look closely at the gap between the highest summit (The Mole) and the pair to the left (The Duolith), and you'll see a chockstone the size of a small house.



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