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PostMon Mar 21, 2016 9:55 pm 
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The Olympic Mountains became increasingly accessible to tourists after the completion of the Olympic Highway in 1931 and the construction of Low Divide Chalet, Enchanted Valley Chalet and other resorts near its trailheads.  The Forest Service trail system had slowly but steadily grown through the 1920s.  Taplin's guides answered a need for a guide and map of this newly accessible trail system.

Taplin's cover
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Olympic Trail Guide 1933
Olympic Trail Guide 1933
Taplin's text
Taplin's text

A 300 dpi scan (6400 pixels, 7 MB) is available for download from Picasa.

Chalets/Hostels: Olympic Hot Springs, Grant Humes Ranch, Camp Cleland BSA, Lake Quinault Lodge, Graves Creek Inn, Olympic Recreation Co. Enchanted Valley Chalet, Halfway House, Olympic Chalet Co. Low Divide Chalet, Sol Duc Hot Springs, LaPoel, Ovingtons, Rosemary Inn and others listed in the text above.

Trail shelters: Lillian, Elkhorn, Hayes River, Idaho, Morse Creek, Dungeness Forks, Camp Tony, Grey Wolf, Three Forks, East Crossing, Roy Cr. Cabin, Gold Creek, Last Water Camp, Sink Lake, Bark Shanty, Big Timber, Diamond Meadows, upper Duckabush, Bridge Camp, Big Log, Nine Stream, Camp Comfort, Camp Harps, Spider Lake, LeBar Creek, Canyon River, Wynooche, West Fork Humptulips, Campbell,  Graves Creek, Graves Creek Basin, O'Neil Creek, Wolf Bar, Francis Creek, Sixteen Mile, Harlow Bottom, Olympus, Glacier, Flapjack, Upper Soleduck.

Guard stations: Elwha, Ennis, Deer Park, Slab Camp, Louella, Snow Creek, Walker, Corringenda, Jump Off, Dose Meadows, Interrorem, Hamma Hamma, Lincoln (Staircase), LeBar, Canyon, Wynooche, Humptulips, West Fork Humptulips, Moclips, East Moclips, Salonie, Norwood, Raft River, Killea, Elk Park, Jackson, Olympus (Lewis), Mosquito, FlapJack, Hyak, Forks (of the Calawah), Snider, Soleduck, Eagle, Deer Lake, LaPoel, Storm King.

Lookouts: Twin Peak, Burnt Peak, Cook Creek, Point Grenville, Finley Peak, Kloochman Rock, Kloshe Nanich.

Trails later completed: Cameron Creek, Royal Creek, Maynard Burn, Mt. Townsend to upper Silver Lake, Tunnel Creek, Notch Pass, Mount Rose, Four Stream, O'Neil Pass (via White Creek), Skyline (Promise Creek Pass to Lake Beauty), Boulder Lake.

Trails later abandoned: upper Lillian, Morse Creek (old Cox), Maiden Creek, Boundary, Ned Hill, most of Deadfall Creek, Townsend Creek, parts of lower Rainbow Trail (Big Quilcene), old Dosewallips Trail (JumpOff), Muscott Basin, Cub Creek, Mount Washington, Lake Ben, Mt. Olson, Howe Creek, Litchy Creek, Finley Peak, Pyrites Creek, Promise Creek, Higley Peak, Matheny River, Sams River, Tshletshy Creek, upper Queets (Pelton to Hee Hee Creek), Kloochman Rock, upper South Fork Hoh, Mt. Tom Creek, Falls Creek, north Snider-Jackson (Sitkum to Sol Duc), Crystal Ridge, and many low elevation trails lost to logging.

This map was published at the cusp of change.  Only months after this map was published, Mount Olympus National Monument would be transferred from Forest Service to National Park Service administration.  Over the next five years, "New Deal" programs were to substantially improve campgrounds, roads and trails and build new fire lookouts.  These new facilities will be shown on USFS' 1936 Recreation Guides.  In 1938, Olympic National Park will be designated.

Jim Taplin's "Olympic Trail Guide" was originally published in 1930 (UW library holds a copy of this first edition, and Rich Brown shared a scan of his copy.)  The 2nd edition is annotated "Corrected Sept. 1932 by Jim Taplin".  (Seattle Public Library, Main Branch, holds an uncataloged copy, and Mace White shared photos of it.)  This 3rd edition is further annotated "Corrected July 1933 by Jim Taplin".  This third edition is apparently rare, is not held by any public library or archive, and I didn't know it existed.  So I purchased it to share it here, and have donated it to Olympic NP Archives.

Copyright notice: This work is assumed to be in the public domain.  A search indicates its copyright was not registered or renewed.  Under the 1909 copyright act, its copyright would have expired in 1961, 28 years after publication of this July 1933 edition.


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PostThu Mar 24, 2016 11:57 am 
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Hey, there's Service Falls, wasn't expecting to see that marked on the map for some dumb reason.
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I wish I could have visited the Olympic Mountains back then - lots more trails, lots more solitude, and you could almost just hike from shelter to shelter without a tent!  hmmm.gif

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PostMon Apr 11, 2016 6:57 am 
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That's pretty cool. A lot more backcountry camps too. Even one named 'Crackerville"  biggrin.gif  And every so often you see some random note the author put in there like "fine view of surrounding country".

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PostTue Apr 26, 2016 9:42 pm 
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Thanks for sharing.  It shows a trail up Mount Washington.
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Camp Crackerville was Camp Wilder, pre-shelter.  There was a crude lean-to type shelter there before the CCC shelter was built.  The "Fine View of Surrounding Country", was the Dose side of the Tunnel Creek trail.  That trail was punched in to fight the fire in 29.  So, in 1930 (map date) there probably was a hell of a view with that whole hillside freshly burnt.
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