Bailey Range Way Trail
ElevationAscent: 4,574' 1,394 m
Descent: -4,085' -1,245 m
High: 6,007' 1,831 m
Low: 4,299' 1,310 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)
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“With endless panoramic views, many think this is the greatest backpacking traverse in Olympic NP.”— Doug Scott
From Sol Duc, the trail is not maintained and once you pass the "Cat Walk," people are few and far between. You start off passing a small pond before following what looks more like a climber's path than a trail that leads up toward Mount Carrie. Mount Carrie is probably best known for getting mistakenly identified as Mount Olympus from Hurricane Ridge. While the main trail passes Mt. Carrie, those looking for insanely gorgeous views need to climb to the summit of this 6,995ft beauty. The views are downright breathtaking, with the entire Pacific Northwest expanding in every direction.
From Mount Carrie, the trail continues on the side of a ridge, where it is nearly impossible to pass by without wanting to soak in the views of the Hoh River Valley below. Passing near tarns and somehow even better views of Mount Olympus, the trail continues until it reaches the spine of the Bailey Range. Here, take one last look at Olympus start your descent to the Long Ridge Trail above the Elwha River.
This is seriously some of the most beautiful high-alpine terrain in the country, if not the world. You stand above the Hoh Rainforest, take in the majesty of the Olympic Mountains and be exposed to wildlife and wildflowers. This is an endeavor best left to those looking for a serious backpacking adventure.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park