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Olympic National / Hoh Rainforest

Field Campers’ Washington State Adventure Continues

After seeing snow capped Mount Olympus from Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge, our field campers were determined to reach Olympus from the Hoh River Trail in Washington’s stunning Hoh Rainforest. 

The Hoh Rainforest is one of the last remaining and protected old growth forests with massive, ancient moss-laden trees. Our boys were astonished to see whole forests filled with these giants while working our way toward Mount Olympus for a week along the magnificent Hoh River.

With the help of our guide, our boys were able to recognize gigantic Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock trees. These are the last trees after logging removed 90 percent of the previous northwestern forests in Washington and Oregon.

Our boys mastered tent set up, food preparation and managed personal hygiene all without plumbing or electricity for six days. The boys enjoyed the bonds of the group and lots of camp humor and play.

The group spotted one bear and a herd of elk as well as many deer. Eagles, osprey and hawks were abundant. The cool and sunny northwestern days were a great plus.

The boys reached the base of Mount Olympus and the headwaters of the Hoh River with few blisters!

A highly memorable experience for boys coming from very challenging circumstances at home.

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