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  • Work Scheduled for East Beach Road at Lake Crescent Starting July 10

    East Beach Road will be reduced to one-lane of traffic through work zones and delays of up to 15 minutes should be expected. Work will occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through mid-July, weather permitting.

  • 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 for three weeks beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

Trail Conditions

These reports are updated as soon as we receive new reports from the field.

Please email us your trail report.

Trail Areas

Staircase/Dosewallips

Hurricane/Elwha

Lake Crescent/Sol Duc/Bogachiel/Hoh

Quinault/Queets

Coastal Routes

 

Southeast Trails

Staircase Area Notices:

- Always check weather & road conditions.

Staircase Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation Conditions Date

North Fork Skokomish River Trail

Trailhead to First Divide

12.5 miles

785' to 4688'

Trail has been cleared to First Divide however, a 6 foot tree below Two Bear Camp blocks stock but it is hiker passable. Trail is snow free.

7/17/14

Wagonwheel Lake Trail

Trailhead to & including Wagonwheel Lake

2.8 miles

785' to 4150'

Trail is snow free. 6 down trees.

Very steep trail - 2.9 miles/3200' elevation gain.

Closed to stock.

7/15/14

Home Sweet Home Trail

First Divide to Duckabush River Trail Jct. via Home Sweet Home

2.6 miles

4688' to 2695'

Trail is snow free. 2 down trees and one operable bear wire.

7/15/14

Four Stream Trail Jct. Staircase Rapids Loop Trail to Four Stream

1.2 miles

900' to 1000'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

5/15/14

Flapjack Lakes Trail

Jct. North Fork Skokomish River Trail to & including Flapjack Lakes

4.0 miles

1490' to 3900'

Trail is snow free. Campsites and privies melted out.

7/17/14

Upper Lena Lake Trail

Park Boundary to & including Upper Lena Lake

2.8 miles

700' to 4550'

Trail is snow free to Upper Lena. Campsites melted out. Lena Creek ford is currently an easy crossing. 19 down trees below park boundary, 20 above.


Lena Creek ford may be difficult in spring and after high precipitation events.

No camping within 0.25 mile of Scout Lake.

Closed to stock.

7/11/14

Gladys Divide Primitive Trail

Flapjack Lakes to Gladys Divide

1.4 miles

3900' to 5050'

Trail is snow free.

Closed to stock.

Bear canisters are required above Flapjack Lakes; hanging food properly is very difficult in this area.

7/15/14

Black & White Lakes Primitive Trail

Jct. North Fork Skokomish River Trail to Black & White Lakes, Smith Lake junction

2.5 miles

1500' to 4400'

No recent report. 17 down trees as of 9/15, including one that makes the trail a bit difficult to relocate near the start of the route.

There are no water sources on this very steep trail.

No good trees for food-hanging; bear canisters required when food cannot be hung at least 12' high and 10' out from the nearest tree trunk.

Closed to stock.

6/17/14

Black & White, Smith Lake Trail

Jct. Flapjack Lakes Trail, through Black & White Lakes, to & including Smith Lake

2.2 miles

3500' to 4400' to 3950'

No recent report.

Steep, rocky, difficult trail from Black and White Lakes to Smith Lake. Not recommended for stock.

6/17/14

Six Ridge Primitive Trail

Jct. Sundown Lake Trail to North Fork Skokomish River Trail

10.6 miles

4650' to 1500'

Continuous snow starting at about 4200 ft. (from Sundown Lake side)

Trail is difficult to follow through several meadows between Six Ridge Pass and the Lake Success/Mt. Olson Trail junction; hikers may be misled onto numerous elk trails. Routefinding skills are required.

No water sources are available between Belview and Seven Stream.

6/3/14

Putvin Primitive Trail (Lake of the Angels)

Park boundary to & including Lake of the Angels

0.6 miles; 3.0 additional outside park boundary

1580' to 4900'

A visitor reported only a few small trees on the trail, patchy snow at the lake and soggy campsites.

In late summer, no water sources available between the trailhead and Ponds of the False Prophets (park boundary).

Trail is difficult to follow in a few places.

Closed to stock.

7/12/14

Duckabush River Trail

Park boundary to Jct. Home Sweet Home & O'Neil Pass Trails

11.0 miles

440' to 2695'

No Recent Report.

Tenmile bear wire is down.

Upper Duckabush ford can be hazardous during spring runoff and after heavy precipitation events.

7/13/14



Dosewallips Area Notices:
- Always check weather & road conditions.
- Dosewallips Road is washed out 5.5 miles east of the Dosewallips Ranger Station and Campground; hikers can get around the washout using a temporary trail.

Dosewallips Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation

Conditions

Date

Lake Constance Trail

Trailhead at Dosewallips Road to Lake Constance

2.2 miles

1400' to

No recent report. 24 down trees as of 9/15.

Vault toilet on south side of lake has been closed (full); north composting toilet in rock field is operational.

Closed to stock.

Dosewallips Road is washed out 3.5 miles from the trailhead. Hikers can get around the washout using a temporary trail.

5/15/14

West Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Anderson Pass

9.0 miles

1600' to 4464'

Anderson Pass melted out. Trail crew has cleared the trail from the Dose Forks to Diamond Meadows.

Dosewallips Road is washed out 5.5 miles from the trailhead. Hikers can get around the washout using a temporary trail.

7/13/14

LaCrosse Pass Trail

Jct. West Fork Dosewallips River Trail to Jct. Duckabush River Trail

6.4 miles

3600' to 5566'

Pass snow free except some patchy snow at the top. Clear of down trees on south side of pass; No tree report on north side.

In late summer there are no water sources along this trail.

7/13/14

Anderson Moraine Trail

Anderson Pass to Moraine

0.8 miles

4465' to 5200'

Pass is snow free. No recent report on the moraine trail.

Closed to stock.

7/13/14

Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Hayden Pass

11.3 miles

1736' to 5847'

Trail is clear of down trees to Hayden Pass. Snow snow still on Dose side of pass.

There are 2 operational bear wires at Dose Meadow. The eastern bear wire is next to the privy (1 cable with 1 hook); the western bear wire is next to campsite #7 (2 cables with 2 hooks each), and is about 200' from the privy.

A visitor reported being charged by an aggressive goat on the Dosewallips Road. Travel with caution and maintain at least 150 feet of space from goats. Don't hesitate to assertively throw rocks and sticks at goats if they continue to approach you.

Dosewallips Road is washed out 5.5 miles from the trailhead. Hikers can get around the washout using a temporary trail.

7/11/14

Dosewallips River Trail

Trailhead to Dose Forks

1.4 miles

1600' to 1736'

Road from washout to Dosewallips Ranger Station is cleared. Trail crew has cleared the trail from the Ranger Station to Dose Forks.

Dosewallips Road is washed out 5.5 miles from the trailhead. Hikers can get around the washout using a temporary trail.

6/25/14

Constance Pass Trail

Jct. Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail to park boundary via Home Lake

7.8 miles

2182' to 5850'

Trail crew has cleared the Constance Pass trail to the pass.

Bear canisters are required for camping at Home Lake, Constance Pass and Sunnybrook Meadows; trees are not suitable for food-hanging.

Not recommended for stock; steep trail.

6/26/14

Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Dose Meadow to Lost Pass

0.9 miles

4450' to 6200'

Clear of down trees 1 mile north of pass. Clear of snow.

7/11/14


 

Northeast Trails
Hurricane Ridge Area Notices:

Hurricane Ridge Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation

Conditions

Updated

Royal Basin Trail

Park Boundary via Royal Lake to & including Shelter Rock Area

6.2 miles

2500' to 5100'

Trail is clear of down trees and snow to Royal Lake. Trail is mostly snow free to upper basin except for a few snow patches before Imperial Tarn. Caution required in these places due to melting streams under the snow.

Goats have been frequenting campsites at Royal Basin. Stay 50 yards from goats at all times and if a goat approaches, be prepared to chase it off by yelling, waving coats, or throwing rocks. Please see Goats & Your Safety for more information.

Bear canisters are required for Lower Meadow, Royal Lake and Upper Royal Basin.

Closed to stock.

7/9/14




Three Forks Trail

Trailhead (Deer Park) to Jct. Gray Wolf River Trail

4.3 miles

5400' to 2150'

Clear of down trees and snow. Deer Park Road is open.

7/11/14





Upper Gray Wolf River Trail

Park Boundary via Three Forks to Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail.

~ 14.6 miles

2050' to 6200' to 3550'

13 trees down from the NPS boundary to Gray Wolf Camp and an additional 18 trees to Falls Camp. No report beyond except continuous snows starts at 5400'. Trail is clear of snow and trees on south side of GWpass.

See USFS website for information on Lower Graywolf Trail


7/11/14

Cedar Lake Way Trail

Jct. Gray Wolf River Trail to & including Cedar Lake

2.1 miles

3900' to 5300'

Snow free to the lake with 14 down trees. Cedar lake is 70% frozen with 3 campsites melted out.

6/30/14



Cameron Creek Trail

Three Forks to jct. Grand Pass Trail

7.0 miles

2150' to 4200'

No recent report.

5/14/14



Grand Valley/Grand Pass Trail

Obstruction Point via Grand Valley & Pass to jct. Cameron Creek Trail

7.7 miles

6100' to 4750'

Obstruction Point Road is open.

30% snow covered from Obstruction Point parking lot to Moose Lake. 80% snow covered from Gladys Lake to Grand Pass; 1 campsite melted out at Grand Pass. An avalanche covered large portions of the trail from the Cameron Creek junction to Grand Pass; 100+ Trees down and significant difficulty navigating.

Overnight hikers must register at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.

7/3/14



Cameron Pass Trail

Jct. Grand Pass Trail to Cameron Pass

3.6 miles

4150' to 6450'

21 trees down with a blowdown that's hard to get around. Patchy snow starts at 4800' with most of Cameron Basin under snow. 2 camps melted out in the basin.

In summer, trail is typically very brushy from junction to 5000', with many hazardous animal burrows hidden by vegetation.

Bear canisters are required for Upper Cameron Basin.

Trail not recommended for stock due to steep grade.

7/1/14



Cameron-Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Cameron Pass to Lost Pass

1.9 miles

6200' to 6450'

Patchy snow in Lost Basin with 2 down trees and both campsites melted out.

7/1/14



Deer Ridge Trail

Boundary to jct. Three Forks Trail

1.5 miles

2550' to 5400'

Hiker reports trail is snow free to the Three Forks Junction. 3 down trees

6/10/14



Badger Valley Trail

Obstruction Point via Badger Valley to jct. Grand Lake Trail

4.7 miles

6100' to 4000'

Obstruction Point Road is open. No recent report.


In summer, the trail is very brushy in the big meadow area in Badger Valley and may be difficult to follow.

Overnight hikers must register at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.

6/12/14



Elk Mountain Primitive Trail

Elk Mountain to jct. Badger Valley Trail

1.3 miles

6650' to 5600'

Obstruction Point Road is open. No recent report.


See Obstruction Pt.- Deer Park Trail for additional information. Not recommended for stock.

6/18/14



Obstruction Point to Deer Park Trail

Obstruction Point to Deer Park

7.4 miles

6100' to 5400'

Obstruction Point Road is open. Snow free for the first two miles from Deer Park to Green Mtn. Occasional large snow patches beyond to Obstruction Point. Roaring Winds is melted out. Obstruction Peak headwall remains hazardous with steep and icy slopes, weak snow bridges over creeks in the runout zone, and a large overhanging snow slab remains of a cornice. Ice axe, crampons, self arrest skills, and avalanche hazard decision-making skills required.


There are no water sources on this trail.

Overnight hikers must register at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles. Not recommended for stock.

7/3/14



PJ Lake Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point Road at Waterhole to PJ Lake

0.9 miles

5050' to 4550'

Obstruction Point Road is open. One down tree and clear of snow.

Overnight visitors must register at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.

Not recommended for stock.

6/28/14



Cox Valley Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point Road to end of trail

1.8 miles

4900' to 3700'

Obstruction Point Road is open. No recent report.

Overnight hikers must register at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.

Not recommended for stock.

6/12/14



Lake Angeles/

Klahhane Ridge Trail

Trailhead at Heart O' the Hills via Lake Angeles to jct. Switchback/Heather Park Trail.

6.3 miles

1850' to 6000'

One down tree at 2 miles. Patchy steep snow slopes remain near ridge that can be difficult to traverse.

Goats are frequently seen in this area. Keep at least 50 yards from goats at all times and be prepared to chase them off by yelling, waving coats or throwing rocks. Please see Goats and Your Safety for more information.

Overnight hikers must register at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.


Bear canisters recommended for food storage.

7/7/14


Heather Park Trail

Trailhead via Heather Park to jct. Switchback Trail

6.2 miles

1850' to 6000'

A hiker reported one small tree at 3 miles, 2 campsites melted out and patchy snow from the campsites to the pass.

Goats are frequently seen in this area. Keep at least 50 yards from goats at all times and be prepared to chase them off by yelling, waving coats or throwing rocks. Please see Goats and Your Safety for more information.

Overnight hikers must register at Wilderness Information Center in Port Angles.


Not recommended for stock. Bear canisters are recommended for camping at Heather Park.

6/23/14



Switchback Trail

Trailhead to jct. of Lake Angeles & Heather Park Trails

1.6 miles

4400' to 5900'

3 small snow patches near Victor Pass.

Goats are frequently seen in this area. Keep at least 50 yards from goats at all times and be prepared to chase them off by yelling, waving coats or throwing rocks. Please see Goats and Your Safety for more information.

Overnight hikers must register at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles. Not recommended for stock.

6/1214



Hurricane Ridge to Switchback

Trail

Jct. High Ridge Nature Trail to jct. Switchback Trail

2.8 miles

5300' to 5100'

No recent report

Goats are frequently seen in this area. Keep at least 50 yards from goats at all times and be prepared to chase them off by yelling, waving coats or throwing rocks. Please see Goats and Your Safety for more information.Trail not recommended for stock.


5/15/14


Wolf Creek Trail

Whiskey Bend Rd. to Hurricane Hill Picnic Area

8.1 miles

1198' to 5100'

Trail has been cleared of trees.

7/2/14



Little River Trail

Boundary to Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

6.8 miles

1000' to 5100'

6 down trees, one of which is shortly before the 5th log crossing, the next 5 are between the 5th log crossing and 3000 feet. All are easy to pass. Patchy snow starts at 4950 feet but ends before the ridge top, making the trail easy to follow. Not stock-passable beyond Mile 4


Little River Trailhead Requires State Discover Pass.

Overnight visitors must register at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.

6/16/14



Elwha to Hurricane Hill Trail

Whiskey Bend Road to jct. Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

5.8 miles

400' to 5650'

7 down trees, 6 of those are within the first mile, the last is at 4900 feet where the trail summits the ridge and moves to the N side. All are easy to pass. There is patchy snow the last 1/3 mile to the junction. Trail is easy to follow.

Goats are frequently seen in this area. Keep at least 50 yards from goats at all times and be prepared to chase them off by yelling, waving coats or throwing rocks. Please see Goats and Your Safety for more information.

6/16/14



Heart O' the Forest Trail

Heart O' the Hills Campground to park boundary

2.3 miles

1900' to 1400'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

5/15/14


Elwha Area Notices:

  • All areas west and downhill from Whiskey Bend Road are CLOSED to ALL PUBLIC ACCESS due to dam removal activities and quickly changing sediment conditions around Lake Mills. Exception -the Upper Lake Mills Trail is open.
  • Olympic Hot Springs Road is CLOSED to ALL PUBLIC ACCESS beyond the Altair Campground for the Glines Canyon Dam Removal Project. The West Lake Mills, Happy Lake Ridge, and Boulder Creek Trailheads are inaccessible. Happy Lake Ridge and Olympic Hot Springs remain accessible via Appleton Pass and/or Aurora Ridge.
  • The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

Elwha Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation

Conditions

Updated

Griff Creek Trail

Trailhead to end of trail

2.8 miles
400' to 3500'

There are 3 trees before the first overlook. There are 6 trees between first and second overlooks. There are 9 trees between second overlook and trail end at 3300 feet. All are fairly easy to pass.

Closed to stock.


6/16/14

Elwha River Trail

Whiskey Bend to Lake Margaret

27.7 miles

1198' to 3650'

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

Clear of down trees to Chicago Camp. Trail is now cleared of trees for stock to Chicago Camp. There is some puncheon just above Hayes River that is not passable to stock. Stock should use the stock ford.

The river must be forded at Chicago Camp; river crossings can be hazardous in fall and spring, especially during and after warm spring/summer weather and heavy precipitation.

7/11/14

Humes Ranch Loop

Geyser Valley, Krause Bottom, Rica Canyon and Humes Ranch Loop

4.3 miles

1198' to 900'

3-4' tree on Rica Canyon Trail that is not stock passable.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

Bear wires are located near the meadow below Humes Cabin.

6/23/14

Lillian River Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail to end of trail (mile 3.0)

2.5 miles

1600' to 2650'

18 down trees. Trail is brushy near the end. No recent report.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

5/15/14

Hayden Pass Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail to Hayden Pass

8.4 miles

1800' to 5847'

Patchy snow remains near Hayden pass.

7/2/14

Long Ridge Trail

Jct. Humes Ranch Loop Trail (mile 1.0) to Dodger Point

10.5 miles
900' to 5753'

Approximately 50 trees, 30 below 3500 feet . Continuous snow starts at 5100 feet.

In summer, the last reliable water source is a spring at 4420'.

7/3/14

Dodger Point Primitive Trail

Jct. Long Ridge Trail to jct. Elwha River Trail via Semple Plateau

5.2 miles
5800' to 1451'

No recent report.

The last reliable water source is 1 mile below Dodger Point.

Elwha River crossing at Remann's Cabin is always very difficult or impossible during high riverflow events.

5/15/14

Elwha Basin Way Trail

Happy Hollow to Elwha Basin

2.4 miles

2300' to 2600'

Trail has been cleared almost to Happy Hollow

The trail is difficult to find in places in the meadow section of the upper basin; very brushy and overgrown.

6/26/14

Happy Hollow Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail @ Chicago Camp to Happy Hollow

0.7 miles

2100' to 2300'

No recent report.

Below Happy Hollow there are two washout sections of ~ 50' across, and a large blowdown near them where the river abuts the trail.

5/15/14

Happy Lake Ridge Trail

Trailhead on Olympic Hot Springs Road via Happy Lake Ridge to jct. Boulder Lake Trail

9.5 miles

1300' to 5409'

No recent report. A few down trees.

Olympic Hot Springs Road is CLOSED to ALL PUBLIC ACCESS beyond the Altair Campground for the Glines Canyon Dam Removal Project. See map for area closure details.

Bear canisters recommended at Happy Lake.

Happy Lake and Boulder Lake are the only water sources on this trail.

5/15/14

Olympic Hot Springs Trail Trailhead to and Including Hot Springs 2.5 miles 1800' to 2061'

No recent report.

Olympic Hot Springs Road is CLOSED to ALL PUBLIC ACCESS beyond the Altair Campground for the Glines Canyon Dam Removal Project.See map for area closure details.

5/15/14
Boulder Lake Trail Olympic Hot Springs to Boulder Lake 3.5 miles 2061' to 4300'

Around 30 down trees.

Olympic Hot Springs Road is CLOSED to ALL PUBLIC ACCESS beyond the Altair Campground for the Glines Canyon Dam Removal Project. See map for area closure details.

5/15/14
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Boulder Lake Trail to Appleton Pass 4.6 miles 2400' to 5100'

Patchy snow near Oyster Lake. Many down trees and slide debris has rendered trail brushy and very difficult to follow in upper reaches; no maintenance has been performed in 3 years due to Glines Canyon Dam Removal Project.

In summer, trail is very brushy and difficult to follow in meadow just below the pass.

Log bridge is out over North Fork Boulder Creek; requires ford.

Olympic Hot Springs Road is CLOSED to ALL PUBLIC ACCESS beyond the Altair Campground for the Glines Canyon Dam Removal Project. See map for area closure details.

7/13/14
Upper Lake Mills Trail Whiskey Bend Road to Elwha River .4 miles

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

No recent report.

Watch for areas of deep mud. Park crews have planted over 30,000 plants for the Elwha Restoration project; please avoid walking on plants.

5/15/14
 

Northwest Trails

Lake Crescent Area Notices:

Lake Crescent Area

Trail Name
Description
Mileage & Elevation
Conditions
Updated

Mt. Storm King Trail

Jct. Barnes Creek Trail to end of trail (mile 1.7) 1.7 miles

700' to 2700'

No recent report. This route is exposed and steep with loose rock.

Closed to stock.

6/26/14

Barnes Creek Trail

Jct. Marymere Falls Trail to jct. Upper Barnes Creek Primitive Trail 3.3 miles

800' to 2000'

Trail cleared to junction. Exercise caution utilizing railing on second bridge - wobbly.

6/26/14

Upper Barnes Creek Primitive Trail

Barnes Creek Trail to Hughes Creek/Barnes Creek Divide

5.3 miles

2000' to 3600'

No recent report.

Trail may be difficult to follow near the end.

Closed to stock.

6/26/14

Aurora Divide Trail

Barnes Creek Trail to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail

3.6 miles

2000' to 4800'

Trail has been cleared to junction.

6/26/14

Aurora Creek Trail

Trailhead (HWY 101) to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail

3.4 miles

500' to 4200'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

6/26/14

Aurora Ridge Trail

Sol Duc Road to jct. Happy Lake Ridge Trail 16.9 miles
1200' to 5000'

Clear of down trees from the Sol Duc TH to Eagle Lakes Jct (5.5 miles). No report beyond to Aurora Springs (12 Miles) where the trail has been cleared to Aurora Divide Junction .

From 2013: Trail is currently very brushy from the 0.25 to 0.75 mile marks. Trail is indistinct and difficult, if not impossible to follow in 2 places: a 0.25 mile segment just below Aurora Peak, and a 0.75 mile segment in a beargrass meadow ~ 1 mile west of the Aurora Divide Trail junction.

No water after the first mile of trail (excluding Eagle Lakes) to bottom of switchbacks east of Sourdough Mountain.

Eagle Lakes Trail is closed to stock.

6/26/14

Pyramid Peak Trail

Trailhead (Camp David Junior Road) to summit of Pyramid Peak 3.5 miles
650' to 3000'

Trail tread across slide area is completely washed away. This trail is hazardous due to frequent slide activity; traverse at your own risk!

Trail is currently not passable to stock.

6/15/14

Spruce Railroad Trail

Dead end of East Beach Road to dead end of Camp David Jr. Road

4.0 miles

Bridge is open and trail is clear of down trees.

This trail is OPEN to horses, bicycles and pets.

6/15/14


Sol Duc Area Notices:

  • Always check weather & road conditions.
  • Obtain overnight camping permits at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.
  • All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area including Cat Basin and all areas within the Main Fork Sol Duc River Drainage.

Sol Duc Area

Trail Name
Description
Mileage & Elevation
Conditions
Updated
North Fork Sol Duc River Trail Trailhead to North Fork of North Fork (mile 6.3) 9.3 miles
1600' to 2800'

Trail is clear to river. The ford is about 2 to 3 feet deep at this time.

The footlog at the first crossing (1.0 mi.) has been washed away. This can be a dangerous river ford and at times impossible after heavy rains.

6/17/14

Sol Duc River Trail Trailhead to jct. High Divide Trail

8.4 miles

1900' to 4800'

Upper Bridge Creek Bridge is out and requires fording. Campsites at Heart Lake are melted but the trail is snow covered beyond; Ice Axes are necessary.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

7/4/14

Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Sol Duc River Trail to Appleton Pass 2.6 miles
3000' to 5100'

Trail is cleared to the pass. Snow patches remain near tarns below the pass.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

6/29/14

High Divide Trail Jct. Deer Lake & Little Divide Trails to jct. Cat Basin Trail 7.8 miles
3600' to 4500'

Trail is mostly snow free. 1 snow field remains near Bogachiel Peak but is generally considered passable.

Lots of mountain goat activity between Potholes and Bogachiel Peak.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

Trail not recommended for stock due to steep, narrow trail tread in some places.
7/17/14
Cat Basin Primitive Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to Cat Basin 0.6 miles
5050' to 4300'

No recent report. Expect snow that will not melt out until early to mid-July.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

6/14/14

Lunch Lake Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to & including Lunch Lake 0.6 miles
4800' to 4450'

Trail remains mostly snow covered, but is melting quickly. It is estimated that it will be clear of snow within a week.

All campsites melted out at Lunch Lake

Trail doesn't usually melt out until early to mid July. Ice axes and good self-arrest skills needed until it melts out.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

7/10/14

Deer Lake Trail Jct. Sol Duc River Trail via Sol Duc Falls and Deer Lake to jct. Little Divide Trail 3.0 miles
2000' to 3600'

Trail is snow free and clear of down trees to Deer Lake.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

6/17/14

Mink Lake Trail Trailhead (Sol Duc Resort) to jct. Bogachiel River & Little Divide Trails 4.3 miles
1643' to 4130'

A visitor reports some heavy snow fields from Bogachiel Junction to Mink Lake. Route finding difficult. Trail has been cleared to 1/4 mile past the lake.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

5/28/14

Lover's Lane Trail Jct. Mink Lake Trail to jct. Deer Lake Trail 2.9 miles
1643' to 2000'

Trail has been cleared.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

Hidden Lake Creek may be difficult to ford after heavy rains. Exercise caution.

6/14/14

Little Divide Trail Jct. Bogachiel River & Mink Lake Trails to jct. Deer Lake & High Divide Trails 3.5 miles
4130' to 3600'

No recent report.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

Experienced stock and stock users only.

5/15/14

Hoh/Bogachiel Area Notices:

Hoh/Bogachiel Area

Trail Name
Description
Mileage & Elevation
Conditions
Updated
North Snider-Jackson Trail (Rugged Ridge + Indian Pass Trail) Boundary to jct. Bogachiel River Trail

6.3 miles

1300' to 1700' to 800'

Primitive trail. Visitor reported the trail was clear. The Bogachiel junction sign is missing.

The Calawah River ford can be hazardous in spring and/or after heavy precipitation. Not recommended for stock.

There are no campsites along this trail.

6/29/14

Bogachiel River Trail Boundary to jct. Mink Lake & Little Divide Trails 21.6 miles
400' to 4130'

Trail has been cleared to 1/2 way between Flapjack and Fifteen Mile. 7 own trees between Fifteen and Twenty-one mile.

Mostly snow free to Little Divide.

Trail is currently not passable to stock between Fifteenmile and Twentyone Mile.

Some creek and river crossings may be difficult if not impossible during or after high precipitation events; or during periods of heavy snowmelt.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

7/8/14
South Snider-Jackson Trail Jct. Bogachiel River South Bank Trail to Hoh Road 10.0 miles
560' to 3200'

Trail is currently impassable to stock. Trail is clear of down trees to 3 miles south of Bogachiel Trail. Still 10 down trees in middle of trail.

Trail from Tumwata Creek to the ford is somewhat difficult to find.

Fording the Bogachiel River can be hazardous especially during and after heavy precipitation and snowmelt. Use caution! The upper crossing trail is a bit difficult to find from the gravel bar, but is in good condition.

Not recommended for stock.

The only water source on this trail is Tumwata Creek at the north terminus.

7/11/14

Hoh River Trail Trailhead to Glacier Meadows 17.5 miles
600' to 5000'

Do not approach wildlife. Secure all food, garbage and scented items.

Clear of down trees to and snow free to Glacier Meadows. Bear wires are usable.

Trail closed to horses, mules and burros beyond Elk Lake. No campfires permitted at Elk Lake or above.

7/11/14

Mt. Olympus Mt. Olympus Climbing Routes

Mileage varies

5000' to 7980'

Climbers recently climbing Mt. Olympus warned of typical avalanche, crevasse, and snow bridge hazards.

Utilize blue bags to protect the wilderness character of your mountain. Please do not leave used blue bags beside the container, in crevasses, by the Glacier Meadows Ranger Station, or in the privies.

6/14/14

Hoh Lake Trail Jct. Hoh River Trail via Hoh Lake to jct. High Divide Trail 6.5 miles
948' to 5474'

All sites at Hoh Lake are melted out. Privy is open. No significant snow between the lake and junction with High Divide.

Hoh Lake has a bear wire; however, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters above the lake in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

Steep, exposed trail (no canopy) through 1978 burn area; carry adequate water as there are no water sources along this trail until C.B. Flats.

6/15/14

South Fork Hoh River Trail Trailhead to end of maintained trail 4.2 miles
750' to 800'

No recent report. Sections of trail are brushy but navigable towards end.

The South Fork Hoh River is closed to fishing from May 1 to October 31, 2013.

6/15/14
 

Southwest Trails

Quinault Area Notices:

Quinault Area

Trail Name
Description
Mileage & Elevation
Conditions
Updated

Irely Lake Trail

Trailhead (North Fork Quinault River Rd.) to & including Irely Lake 1.1 miles
500' to 600'

No recent report. Usually very muddy near Irely Creek due to flooding resulting from beaver activity.

Closed to stock.

Overnight hikers must register at South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station.

5/15/14

Big Creek Trail

Irely Lake to & including Three Lakes 5.9 miles
600' to 3200'
11 trees down between the trailhead and Three Lakes, starting about three miles in. Some are very large, about waist height.

Big Creek Bridge is off its footings but is passable; above bridge, a slide area of 20 linear feet is somewhat difficult to traverse.

Closed to stock.

Overnight hikers must register at South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station.

6/15/14

Three Lakes Trail

Three Lakes to jct. Elip Creek Trail 2.9 miles
3200' to 4000'

On the ridge-line trail to Elip Creek Jct There are still large deep snow drifts.

Closed to campfires and stock.


Overnight hikers must register at South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station.

6/15/14

Skyline Primitive Trail

Elip Creek Trail via Kimta Peak to North Fork Quinault Trail 20.1 miles
3350' to 5400'

A hiker reported a good amount of snow at Kimta Peak, making passage difficult.

No water sources exist between Three Prune and Kimta Peak.

In summer, trail is somewhat difficult to follow between Kimta Peak and Seattle Creek.

Bear Canisters are required in most areas along this trail due to lack of good trees for hanging food and high bear population.

Closed to stock and fires.

Overnight hikers must register at South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station.

7/10/14

Elip Creek Trail

Jct. North Fork Quinault River Trail to jct. Skyline Trail 4.6 miles
1000' to 3350'
33 trees down

Many uneven, rocky sections of trail on the Elip Creek - Three Lakes Loop. Be careful of footing.


Bear wire at Elip Creek is damaged, only one cable and one usable hook.

Closed to fires and stock.

5/15/14

Martins Park/Lakes Primitive Trail

Jct. Elwha River to Martins Lakes 2.4 miles
3600' to 4500'

No recent report. Expect snow.

5/15/14

North Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Lake Margaret 16.5 miles
600' to 3600'

Trail is clear of down trees and snow to Low Divide and down to Chicago Camp. There is some puncheon near Low Divide that is not stock passable. This will be worked on in next 2 weeks.

Elip Creek bear wire currently has no pulley; rope required. Also, no privy available this location at current time while it's being relocated.

Slope failure just below Sixteen Mile difficult to traverse.

Campsites at Halfway House have washed away. Only 2 sites available at Elip Creek. Twelve Mile bear wire is down and the shelter is buried in gravel. Camping at Twelve Mile is not recomended due to many hazard trees near the buried shelter; camping on the gravel bar 0.25 miles downriver from the old shelter is recommended instead.

Wild Rose Creek, Elip Creek and Sixteen Mile Quinault River ford can be hazardous or impossible to cross in spring and/or after heavy precipitation.

Overnight hikers must register at South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station.

7/11/14

East Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Anderson Pass 18.2 miles
646' to 4465'

Emergency shelter at Enchanted Valley is closed due to danger of structure being taken by the river.

2 down trees about a mile before O'Neill Creek. They are reported to not be passable to stock. A 4ft diameter downed tree at Lamata Creek is not passable to stock. Pyrites footlog is back in. Stock fords at Pyrites and EV are running high but were recently passable. Anderson Pass snow free. This area has a high population of bears; stay a minimum of 100' away from park wildlife.

Overnight hikers must register at South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station.

7/9/14

O'Neil Pass Trail

Upper Duckabush to East Fork Quinault Trail via O'Neil Pass 12.0 miles
3010' to 5000'

O'Neil Pass is snow free. La Crosse Basin is mostly melted out; one campsite is snow covered at Hart lake.

The trail sign at the junction is down.

Both bear wires at Marmot Lake are down; bear canisters recommended.

Closed to stock.

7/13/14

Graves Creek Primitive Trail

Jct. East Fork Quinault River Trail to jct. Wynoochee Pass & Lake Sundown Trails 6.2 miles
646' to 2700'

No recent report. Expect snow. Trail to Sundown Pass (from jct. Lake Sundown trail, to the pass) Continuous snow; trail jct under snow.

Graves Creek fords can be hazardous in spring and/or after heavy precipitation.


Closed to stock.

Overnight hikers must register at South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station.

6/4/14

Wynoochee Pass Trail

Park Boundary to jct. Sundown Lake & Graves Creek Trails 3.6 miles
2700' to 3600'
About 30 logs; most were pretty easy to cross. Some of the creek crossings, between trailhead and the pass, require dicey scrambles into/out of the creek valley. No snow.

Many sections of this trail are brushy. A 20' long slide area has damaged the trail between the park boundary and Wynoochee Pass.

Closed to stock.

6/3/14

South Fork Skokomish River Trail

Park Boundary via Sundown Pass to jct. Lake Sundown Trail 2.6 miles (inside park boundary)
2500' to 3700'
Snow patches started at 3200 ft; continuous snow at 3700 ft. Several down trees, all in the USFS section; two of them were *really* tricky to get around.

There are several sections of trail that are hard to follow due to lack of trail tread.
5/25/14

Lake Sundown Trail

Jct. Wynoochee Pass & Graves Creek Trails to & including Lake Sundown 1.6 miles
2700' to 3900'
Snow patches starting at 3400 ft; continuous snow after 3700 ft. Parts of campsite at the lake were melted out, would allow easy camping.

5 down trees, all easy to cross.

Closed to stock. Some parts of the trail can be brushy and difficult to follow.


6/3/14

Queets Area Notices:

Queets Area

Trail Name
Description
Mileage & Elevation
Conditions
Updated

Queets River Trail

Trailhead to Pelton Creek 16.2 miles
360' to 800'

The trail has been cleared for 8.5 miles.Beyond there are downed trees across the trail, including big ones. The first 1.5 miles from the river crossing to Anderson Field (see note) are very wet and muddy. The trail is a 10 inch deep creek for about a quarter mile. From Spruce Bottom to Harlow Creek there are 14 creek fords in four miles.

The trail gets very faint on and off from west of Paradise Creek to Pelton.

Trail is currently not passable to stock beyond the east side of Anderson Field.

Fording the Queets River can be dangerous. For river levels, visit Queets Stream Flow. The river is generally fordable when the flow (measured at highway 101) is below 800 CFS. The crossing can still be waist deep or deeper even at this level. The river is generally not fordable during late fall, winter and spring.

Riverflow can go from fordable levels to unfordable levels, even as high as 10,000-70,000 CFS or more overnight or within a few hours after heavy rain. Know the weather forecast. Don't get caught upriver during a rain storm unless you have planned in advance to stay awhile.

6/27/14

Lower Crossing Route

Queets River Trail @ Spruce Bottom to Smith Place 2.1 miles
400' to 500'

No recent report.

5/15/14

Sam's River Loop

Loop Trail from Queets Trailhead to Ranger Station and return

2.8 miles

A visitor reported two large trees down. 7/2/14

Upper Crossing Route

Queets River Trail to & including Smith Place 0.3 miles

No elevation gain.

No recent report.

5/15/14

 

oastal Trails & Routes

Coastal Area Notices:

  • As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets with lids are no longer permitted.
  • Cryptosporidium and giardia exist in coastal streams and rivers. Regular iodine does not kill cryptosporidium; recommend boiling or filtering water.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.
  • Fall and Winter can be especially hazardous with storm surges, heavy swell, extreme high tides, high winds and heavy rain.
  • Coastal routes and stream crossings can be extremely difficult or impossible to traverse during high surf or heavy rain events. Always check weather and tides before attempting a coastal hike. Carry a tide table with you and know how to use it.

North Coast

Trail Name

Description

Mileage

Conditions

Date

Shi-Shi to Cape Alava Beach Trail

Makah Reservation Trailhead to Cape Alava

14.3 miles

As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

No recent report.

Headlands may be very muddy after rain.

3 toilets located at: North toilet is located at the south end of wooded campsites at park boundary; center toilet is located behind the large Petroleum Creek campsite; south toilet is located in forest near Willoughby Creek.

Ozette River ford can be hazardous at high tide and/or after heavy precipitation.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

11/20/13

North Coast Beach Route

Sand Point to Rialto Beach Trailhead

17.2 miles

As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

Hole in the Wall headland trail is currently overgrown, muddy and slippery.

Section between Yellow Banks and Norwegian Memorial is a difficult hike due to slippery rocks, loose gravels, down trees, and beach logs.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

2/28/14

Ozette Loop Trail

Ozette Trailhead to Cape Alava, to Sand Point and return

9.5 miles

As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

No recent report.

Use caution on boardwalks; they are very slippery when wet and some boards are missing.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

11/20/13

Ericsons Bay Trail

South Sand Point Trailhead to Ericsons Bay

2.0 miles

As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

No recent report. Closed to stock.

Use caution on boardwalks; they are very slippery when wet and some boards are missing.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

11/20/13




South Coast

Trail Name
Description
Mileage
Conditions
Updated

Second Beach Trail

Trailhead to Second Beach

0.7 miles

As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

Trail is clear of down trees; muddy and slippery.

Beach logs at the end of the trail can be difficult and slippery to cross. An additional toilet has been installed on the bluff behind a campsite ~200 yards south of trail's end.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

2/28/14

Third Beach Trail

Trailhead to Third Beach

1.4 miles

As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

11/20/13

South Coast Beach Route

Third Beach to Oil City

15.3 miles

As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

A significant slide of mud, trees and other debris has covered ~ 75 yards of beach between creek at Third Beach and headland trail over Taylor Point. A 5' or less tide is advised for travel past slide. Crossing over debris is difficult.

Taylor Point trail is very muddy. The Taylor Point bridge is broken and most of the ladders have broken rungs making the ladders difficult to utilize in wet conditions.

The north access to Scotts Bluff is very muddy; utilize rope assist, no ladder. Two difficult down tree crossings over the bluff.

Path to the toilet at Scott Creek is ~ 30' south of the first campsite you pass after descending from Scotts Bluff.

North toilet at Toleak Point is located ~ midway behind the string of wooded campsites; south toilet is located up the access trail behind the logs on the north side of Jackson Creek, just below and to the left of the deteriorating A-frame shelter.

Northside Goodman/Falls Creek headland rope ladder has been replaced/bypassed with a trail.

Use caution during/after heavy rains when fording Goodman Creek. Mosquito Creek should be forded at or near low tide. Always use the overland trail between Mosquito Creek and Jefferson Cove; the beach access trail just north of Hoh Head no longer exists. Trail can be very strenuous for some hikers. Trail currently has a washed out section ~ 1.5 mi. south of Mosquito Creek that requires a steep climb down into the streambed with rope assist. Exercise caution!

There are presently little campable terrain at Jefferson Cove; room for only 2-3 tents.

The headland between Jefferson Cove and the mouth of the Hoh River requires a very low tide to pass. Always carry a tide table and topographic map!

Use caution when ascending and descending all headland trails and rope ladders. They are very steep and slippery when wet.

Beach access to/from the Oil City trailhead from the Hoh River mouth can be cut off at high tide and/or when the river is in flood stage. Always carry a tide chart and check the weather forecast!

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons, or wheeled devices.

6/20/14

Oil City Trail

Hoh River Bank to Trailhead at Oil City

0.6 miles

As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

Clear of down trees.

Campsites are limited on the coast at the mouth of the Hoh River.

Closed to stock.

Beach access/exit at the mouth of the Hoh River is cut off at high tide or when the river is at flood stage in winter. Always carry a tide chart check the weather forecast!

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

11/20/13

Did You Know?

closeup of cow elk face

Olympic National Park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Olympic was almost named "Elk National Park" and was established in part to protect these stately animals.