Story behind the image: Scott on the High Divide Loop

In the summer of 2015 I had the great privilege of taking a childhood friend for his first backpacking trip. My buddy Scott lives in Texas and has made a number of trips to Seattle over the years for work. But he’s never gotten out to enjoy the mountains up close. So he called and asked if I would be willing to take him into the backcountry.

So we planned a trip through the High Divide Loop on the Olympic Peninsula. It’s doable in 2 or 3 days but we stretched it into four so we could really enjoy our time.

Day 1 of the hike was a simple and slow meandering through old growth forests. On day two we slugged our packs for a number of miles up the trail and topped out on the High Divide ridge line which is a long trail on top of the mountain ridge that gives stunning views over the Hoh Rain Forest to the south and various mountain lakes and distant peaks to the north.

Just as we were hitting the high point on the hike, the sun was breaking out from behind the trees and the clouds. I hollered up to my buddy and told him to hike nice and slow so I could take some pics. I snagged a number of shots as he worked his way up this little pitch. The following happened to be my favorite.

During the trip, we both took a ton of photos. Here are a few others for you to enjoy.

It was a great trip. The trail was terrific. The time catching up with my old buddy Scott was even better!
If you’re looking to do some backpacking and want a beautiful trail, I would HIGHLY recommend you check out the High Divide Loop!