A few steps further around the bend, we came upon a herd (15-25) of Roosevelt Elk scattered on both sides of the trail. They're only found in the Olympics and they're larger than the elk typically seen in the cascades. We had a little freak-out moment as we realized they weren't going to be moving aside for us and if they panicked, we could get trampled. So we stayed close to a huge tree until they caught our scent and bolted up the hill. The ground echoed from their hoof falls like it does when trains roll by. Wow!