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Olympic Peninsula adventures loaded with history

In The Footsteps Of....

Olympic Peninsula adventures loaded with history

  • Map - Exploring North Fork Skokomish 2014
  • 100801 Bret Wirta

If you are you a detailed adventure planner or simply an armchair traveler my, “In the Footsteps of…” stories are for you. Hike, sail, row or bicycle the byways of the Olympic Peninsula and learn the legends, geology, ethnology, and flora and fauna that make this region so unique. Each story is loaded with my photos and video clips, plus whimsical maps and illustrations by Sequim artist Per Berg. Enjoy! – The Incidental Explorer

In the Footsteps of the Seattle Mountaineers: Backpacking the Skyline Ridge. Travel along one of the most difficult trails in Olympic National Park while following the Seattle Mountaineers' early summer outings to understand how this club established the outdoor recreation industry.

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  • The Incidental Explorer above Goat Lake

In the Footsteps of Early Geologists: Searching for Clues to how the Olympics were Formed. Decipher the geology of the Olympic Peninsula while hiking a little know trail to Goat Lake and Royal Basin.

In the Footsteps of the 1890 Banner Party. Hike the North Fork of the Skokomish River and see if three married couples from Tacoma really out-explored the US Army. 

  • nfs31 - Wickersham
  • sclc12 - Snow Creek Logging Camp circa early 1920s. Photo courtesy of Clalllam County Historical Society

In the Footsteps of Sawmills and Timber Beasts. Search the neck of the Miller Peninsula for clues to the long-gone Snow Creek Logging Company.

In the Footsteps of Manganese Miners. Explore the Crescent Mine and discover what was more valuable than gold to warship builders during both world wars. 

  • ecm04 - Basalt reddish with Hematite and Pyrolusite (manganese)
  • cat11 - Makah harpooning a whale Photographer Asahel Curtis - UW Digital Collection

In the Footsteps of Homesteaders and Whalers. Follow the Cape Alava Trail and uncover how Scandinavians and the Makahs each lived on the Northwest tip of our country.  

In the Footsteps of Railroad Dreamers and Builders: Bicycling the Olympic Discovery Trail. Ride accross the Peninsula and uncover why it took a generation to build a 100 mile railroad. 

  • Olympic Discovery Trail meets the sea
  • brt32 - Humes Glacier

In the Footsteps of Filmmakers and Mountain Men: The Bailey Range Traverse. Climb with early Disney filmmaker Herb Crisler as he bets his life he can survive along the spine of the Olympics. 

In the Footsteps of Admirals and Promoters: Fishing for the Beardslee Trout. Go fishing for a rare species of trout and find out why it was named for the Admiral of the Pacific Fleet. 

  • ffbt10 - Bret sends another into the net