• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5

    Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »

Boulder Creek Trail

Boulder Creek Trail

Boulder Creek Trail

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General Location: 8 miles south of Lake Sutherland.

Trailhead: Boulder Creek trailhead

Notices:

  • The Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed at Altair Campground through the duration of the Elwha Restoration project. No public access to Olympic Hot Springs via the Olympic Hot Springs Road.
  • The only access to Olympic Hot Springs is via Aurora Ridge or Appleton Pass. Please see Trail Conditions for more information.
  • If you are heading over Appleton Pass into the Sol Duc area, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park approved bear canisters.
  • The water quality of the hot springs is not monitored and may contain high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. Bathe at your own risk. Nudity is common.
 
Description:

Ecosystem type: Montane forest
Trail tread types: Well maintained
General elevation trend: Flat
River crossings: None - a few small streams
Unique features: Natural Hot Springs.
Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2.5 miles to hot springs
Elevation change: 200 feet elevation gain.
Best Season: All year - road can be closed before trailhead in winter. Check road conditions (360) 565-3131

 
 

Camping:

Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at WIC in Port Angeles. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: A community bear wire is available at Boulder Creek Campground.
Campsites: Boulder Creek Campground
Toilet Facilities: Pit toilets
Water Source: Boulder Creek (get water above confluence of hot spring water and creek) - Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent getting Giardia.
Stock: Allowed. See Stock Use.

 

Special Concerns:

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in established sites.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are allowed below 3,500 feet.
Respect Wildlife: To protect raccoons, bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day.

 

Safety:

  • Bathe at your own risk.
  • Springs are not monitored or maintained and may contain high levels of fecal coliform bacteria.

Did You Know?

marmot

Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.