A search began late yesterday for Kelly Hall, a 64-year old Bainbridge Island man who is two days overdue from an intended six-day, 39-mile hike in the northeast corner of Olympic National Park.
Hall is described as being 6’5” tall and weighing 220 pounds. A photo and more information are attached in PDF.
Hall began his hike on Saturday, August 30, setting out from the Obstruction Point Trailhead near Hurricane Ridge. Family members expected to meet him at the USFS Slab Camp Trailhead on Thursday afternoon. He was reported overdue on Thursday evening.
His planned itinerary was to hike through Grand Valley to Grand Pass, then continue over Cameron Pass, through Dose Meadows to Gray Wolf Pass and follow the Gray Wolf Trail into the Olympic National Forest Buckhorn Wilderness.
“We ask anyone who may have seen Mr. Hall in recent days to please call the park immediately at 360-565-3120,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “Information from other hikers is often extremely valuable during searches.”
There are currently seven National Park Service employees in the field, walking trails and searching areas along Hall’s intended route. Three volunteer members of Olympic Mountain Rescue joined the search this afternoon and four volunteers from Clallam County Search and Rescue are set to enter the field later today.
A four-person overhead team is coordinating the search.