Olympic Buckhorn Wilderness
In June 2021, the Pacific Northwest endured a historic heat wave. The forecast for my town was for 100 degrees on Saturday and 110 on Sunday. I almost stayed home with the A/C on since most of the trails high enough in the mountains to avoid the heat were not melted out yet! But I managed to find a trail on the east side of the Olympic Peninsula that was mostly snow free and almost 7,000ft high, so I went there. It was a bit warm climbing and descending, but up on the ridge it was very pleasant and incredible wildflowers and views all around! On Sunday I hiked a nice loop out at Cape Alava, on the coastline of Olympic National Park. This is an incredible wilderness area...not far from Seattle but very remote and wild. Definitely will be returning!