What was to be a six-day backcountry hike in the northeast corner of Olympic National Park for 64-year-old Kelly Hall turned into a 10-day ordeal that ended Monday when he walked out to the Whiskey Bend Trailhead. The Bainbridge Island hiker is tired, has some scrapes and bruises, but is otherwise OK.
Hall walked out to the Whiskey Bend Trailhead in the Elwha River valley shortly before 10 a.m. Monday where he met a group of hikers who gave him a ride to the Elwha Ranger Station.
Hall was reported overdue Thursday night after he failed to show up at a planned rendezvous at the Slab Creek Trailhead with a family member.
He began his hike on Aug. 30, setting out from the Obstruction Point Trailhead near Hurricane Ridge. Hall planned to do a 39-mile hike through Grand Valley to Grand Pass, continuing over Cameron Pass, through Dose Meadows, over Gray Wolf Pass and along the Gray Wolf Trail to the Slab Camp Trailhead, according to Maynes.
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