United States High Divide

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T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

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The High Divide is one of the premiere photographic locations in Olympic National Park. The oft viewed image of an avalanche lily covered meadow with glacier clad Mount Olympus and Mount Tom in the background is iconic, but hard to get because of the special weather conditions required. Luckily, that is not the only beautiful image found along this trail. After a short side trip to visit Sol Duc Falls, hikers are treated to majestic stands of virgin forest and scenic fern-covered glades along the Sol Duc River trail. After Sol Duc Park, the trail heads into alpine meadows as it climbs to Heart Lake before making the final ascent to the High Divide, reached at 7.5 miles. Head right and up along the ridge for 0.25 mile to the wildflower meadows and views of across the Hoh River Valley to the Olympus massif. The result of all this scenery is the most popular backcountry hike in the park. It is strongly recommended to secure an advance reservation if you plan to camp. https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/wilderness-reservations.htm

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