In some places the trail leads off of the beach to go around points where the water never recedes enough to hike around. A lot of the egress points from the beach are up cliffs or really steep banks so the rangers have set up some ropes and precarious make shift log steps that you have to use to climb up and down.
Zachariah climbing down
Greg climbing up from the beach
There are also a couple of small rivers you have to ford. The map has warnings saying that they are dangerous and sometimes impassable especially at high tide, but other then Ben (who soaked his feet every day in sneaker waves and other random acts of nature) none of us got wet.
Mike fording the great river
The second day we made our way from Toleak Point to Boulder creek where we built a sweet fort instead of setting up a tent.
Then we spent the rest of the afternoon following Boulder creek inland. We followed some game trails through the crazy thick bushes which led around the creek. We even found some cougar tracks mixed in with the deer and raccoon. The bushes were so thick that it was hard to see where we were going, Mike fell in a hole almost as deep as he is tall.
And then we found a cool swamp with hidden firm spots. Ben led us through like a good Golem.
Greg and Ben using a tree to cross part of the swamp
The last day we missed the trail leading up into the woods and around Hoh head. We backtracked for almost an hour and still couldn't find it so we had to climb up through a ravine until we crossed the trail. On the way up Mike fell in a nasty bog and had a terrible time trying to get himself out while we were trying to get camera's out to take pictures (unfortunately I don't have any).
Because of the delay though we ended up getting to the last rounding point at almost high tide. We didn't want to wait 5 hours for the next change in tides so we went ahead and rounded the point by finding ledges and bouldering until we came around to sand again. The rest of mine and Mikes pictures are available in Picasa.
I think we all probably gained weight on this hike. It was about 20 miles total, but with virtually no elevation gain and decent temperatures we just didn't burn all the calories from the dried food. Oh well. Interestingly, Ben had all of his own homemade dried meals, not just dried fruit but actual full meals. Ben has some crazy food allergies to anything derived from corn which includes any meat from grain fed livestock so he pretty much can't eat any processed food. So my Aunt Rochelle made him dinners and breakfasts from non processed foods he can eat and then dried them all. His food was better then my Mountain House. Aunt Rochelle look for my order for the Mt. Rainier climb next summer...