Trail Conditions

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

Please email us your trail report.

Trail Areas

 

General Notices:

  • The Queets trail closure has been expanded. The trail is now closed starting at Spruce Bottom due to a 2000+ acre fire.
  • June 25th, 2015: Open campfires are not permitted in the backcountry until further notice due to high fire danger. More>>
  • Olympic Hot Springs Road will close to all public access September 8th, 2015 at the NPS boundary. More>>
  • Access to the South Fork Hoh River Trail will be closed August 10-September 25th. WA DNR is replacing a bridge on the access road.
Please check the area you plan on visiting for any additional notices.


Southeast Trails

  • July 25th, 2015: Fire Ban still in effect

Staircase Area Notices:

  • Enchanted Valley is Open. Bear canisters are Required for all overnight camping above Pyrites Creek and below the O'Neil Pass Junction.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.

Staircase Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation

Conditions

Updated

North Fork Skokomish River Trail

Trailhead to First Divide

12.5 miles

785' to 4688'

Hikers report the foot log is out at the second creek crossing. Use caution during high water.

3 large trees that are difficult negotiate between Nine Stream and Big Log. Clear beyond Nine Stream to First Divide

Not Stock Passable beyond Big Log.

7/15/15
Wagonwheel Lake Trail

Trailhead to & including Wagonwheel Lake

2.8 miles

785' to 4150'
Clear of down trees. Mountain goats have been frequenting Wagonwheel Lake.

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

Closed to stock.

7/13/15

Home Sweet Home Trail

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

2.6 miles

4688' to 2695'
~3 small down trees. 7/4/15
Four Stream Trail Jct. Staircase Rapids Loop Trail to Four Stream

1.2 miles

900' to 1000'

Clear of down trees

Closed to stock.
6/13/15

Flapjack Lakes Trail

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

4.0 miles

1490' to 3900'

5 down trees.

Bear activity in the Flapjack Lakes area. We recommend that all food, garbage, scented items and beverages other than water be stored in bear cans. Keep a clean camp and report any bear sightings or interactions to a ranger.

6/11/15

Upper Lena Lake Trail

Park Boundary to & including Upper Lena Lake

2.8 miles

700' to 4550'

Clear of down trees and snow. 3 trees down below the boundary.

The Lena Creek ford can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and seasonal snow melt.

No camping within 0.25 mile of Scout Lake.

Closed to stock.

6/21/15

Gladys Divide Primitive Trail

Flapjack Lakes to Gladys Divide

1.4 miles

3900' to 5050'

Clear of down trees

Closed to stock.

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

6/15/15

Black & White Lakes Primitive Trail

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

2.5 miles

1500' to 4400'

No recent report.

There are no water sources on this very steep trail.

Closed to stock.

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.

8/1/15

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'

Multiple trees down 100' past the Flapjack Lakes jct. that are difficult to navigate

Steep and rocky trail from Black and White Lakes to Smith Lake.

Closed to stock.
7/23/15

Six Ridge Primitive Trail

Jct. Sundown Lake Trail to North Fork Skokomish River Trail

10.6 miles

4650' to 1500'

Visitors report a couple trees heading up to Six Ridge Pass and ~25 trees beyond, all easy to negotiate. No water report between Belview and Lake Sundown.

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. Route-finding skills are necessary.

No water sources are available between Belview and Seven Stream.

8/20/15

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'

No recent report.

Trail is difficult to follow in several places.

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

Closed to stock.

11/13/14

Duckabush River Trail

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

11.0 miles

440' to 2695'

Multiple down trees before the NPS boundary. 24 large down trees, some difficult to pass, and numerous step overs beyond the boundary.

The Upper Duckabush ford can be hazardous during heavy precipitation and/or during early season snow melt.

Tenmile bear wire is down.

Not stock passable as of 7/4/15. Stock highlines are down.

8/21/15


Dosewallips Area Notices:

  • Enchanted Valley is Open. Bear canisters are Required for all overnight camping above Pyrites Creek and below the O'Neil Pass Junction.
  • 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

Updated

Lake Constance Trail

Trailhead at Dosewallips Road to Lake Constance

2.2 miles

1400' to

24 trees down, 2 require climbing under, brushy and hard to find in upper gully.

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.

7/23/15

West Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Anderson Pass

9.0 miles

1600' to 4464'

Clear of down trees to Honeymoon Meadows.

Footlog crossing above Diamond Meadows washed out; Ford necessary.

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


7/20/15

LaCrosse Pass Trail

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

6.4 miles

3600' to 5566'

Clear of down trees

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

7/03/15

Anderson Moraine Trail

Anderson Pass to Moraine

0.8 miles

4465' to 5200'

One tree down that's easy to pass

Closed to stock.

7/25/15

Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Hayden Pass

11.3 miles

1736' to 5847'

*Through Hikers: Check Elwha Area Notices for Whiskey Bend Road Status.*

Clear of down trees and snow. Brushy from the Graywolf Pass junction to Dose meadows,

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

8/10/15

Dosewallips River Trail

Trailhead to Dose Forks

1.4 miles

1600' to 1736'

Clear of down trees.

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

7/13/15

Constance Pass Trail

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

7.8 miles

2182' to 5850'

Clear of down trees to Home Lake, 8 trees down from Home Lake to the boundary.

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. Not stock passable through the NFS at this time.

7/15/15

Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Dose Meadow to Lost Pass

0.9 miles

4450' to 6200'

Clear of down trees.

8/13/15


 

Northeast Trails

  • July 25th, 2015: Fire Ban still in effect

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'

Clear of down trees and snow

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

Closed to stock.

7/26/15




Three Forks Trail

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

4.3 miles

5400' to 2150'

Clear of down trees.

8/15/15





Upper Gray Wolf River Trail

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

~ 14.6 miles

2050' to 6200' to 3550'

Visitors report no down trees to the pass and a couple step overs heading down to the Dosewallips, all stock passable.

See USFS website for information on Lower Graywolf Trail

8/12/15

Cedar Lake Way Trail

Jct. Gray Wolf River Trail to & including Cedar Lake

2.1 miles

3900' to 5300'

No recent report.

4/29/15



Cameron Creek Trail

Three Forks to jct. Grand Pass Trail

7.0 miles

2150' to 4200'

4 trees down, one can be difficult to pass. Trail is very brushy and can be hard to find through meadows

The foot bridge at Three Forks Camp is cracked mid-span and near failure.

6/22/15



Grand Valley/Grand Pass Trail

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

7.7 miles

6100' to 4750'

Clear of down trees. Water still available at Grand Pass and on the Cameron side at ~5200'.

The Grand Lake privies are currently out of service.

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

8/15/15



Cameron Pass Trail

Jct. Grand Pass Trail to Cameron Pass

3.6 miles

4150' to 6450'

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.

8/16/15



Cameron-Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Cameron Pass to Lost Pass

1.9 miles

6200' to 6450'

Clear of down trees and snow.

6/12/15



Deer Ridge Trail

Boundary to jct. Three Forks Trail

1.5 miles

2550' to 5400'

A visitor reported 1 down tree.

5/21/15



Badger Valley Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point via Badger Valley to jct. Grand Lake Trail

4.7 miles

6100' to 4000'

3 down trees reported, 2 are difficult to pass.

Not stock passable.

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

7/6/15



Elk Mountain Primitive Trail

Elk Mountain to jct. Badger Valley Trail

1.3 miles

6650' to 5600'

No recent report.

Not recommended for stock.

5/21/15



Obstruction Point to Deer Park Trail

Obstruction Point to Deer Park

7.4 miles

6100' to 5400'

4 small down trees.

There are no water sources on this trail.

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

Not recommended for stock.

7/25/15



PJ Lake Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point Road at Waterhole to PJ Lake

0.9 miles

5050' to 4550'

Clear of down trees and snow.

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

Not recommended for stock.

6/7/15



Cox Valley Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point Road to end of trail

1.8 miles

4900' to 3700'

Clear of down trees.

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

Not recommended for stock.

6/12/15



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'

Clear of down trees and snow

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.

6/23/15


Heather Park Trail

Trailhead via Heather Park to jct. Switchback Trail

6.2 miles

1850' to 6000'

Clear of down trees. Water still available at campsites.

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. Bear Canisters are recommended for food storage.

Not recommended for stock.

8/16/15



Switchback Trail

Trailhead to jct. of Lake Angeles & Heather Park Trails

1.6 miles

4400' to 5900'

Clear of down trees and snow.

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.

6/13/15



Hurricane Ridge to Switchback

Trail

Jct. High Ridge Nature Trail to jct. Switchback Trail

2.8 miles

5300' to 5100'

Clear of down trees and snow

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.

6/13/15


Wolf Creek Trail

Whiskey Bend Rd. to Hurricane Hill Picnic Area

8.1 miles

1198' to 5100'

10-15 down trees in lower 3.5 miles.
Not stock passable to Whiskey Bend.

6/13/15



Little River Trail

Boundary to Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

6.8 miles

1000' to 5100'

Clear of downed trees. Hikers use caution on a ~3' step beyond Footlog 4.

Stock not advised beyond Footlog 5 due to trail damage from fallen trees

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

7/9/15



Elwha to Hurricane Hill Trail

Whiskey Bend Road to jct. Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

5.8 miles

400' to 5650'

Clear of downtrees on top 2 miles, no report beyond

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.

7/13/15



Heart O' the Forest Trail

Heart O' the Hills Campground to park boundary

2.3 miles

1900' to 1400'

1 down tree.

Closed to stock.

6/10/15


Elwha Area Notices:

  • The Whiskey Bend Road is closed to automotive traffic at the Olympic Hot Springs Road Junction until further notice for road repairs.
  • The Olympic Hot Springs Road will close September 8th to all public access for approximately one month at the NPS boundary. More>>
  • The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.

Elwha Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation

Conditions

Updated

Griff Creek Trail

Trailhead to end of trail

2.8 miles
400' to 3500'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

11/13/14

Elwha River Trail

Whiskey Bend to Lake Margaret

27.7 miles

1198' to 3650'

*Whiskey Bend Road is closed
*Olympic Hot Springs Road will close 9/8/15*

Accessible to Hayes River, some reroutes around fallen trees and one tree suspended 70" high over the trail may require unpacking stock animal. Numerous trees down beyond Hayes River and a washout just past Hayes River bridge. Area is unstable, use caution.

The Elwha must be forded at Chicago Camp; fords can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and/or seasonal snow melt.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

7/26/15

Humes Ranch Loop

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

4.3 miles

1198' to 900'

No recent report.

Bear wires are located near the meadow below Humes Cabin.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

11/13/14

Lillian River Trail

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

2.5 miles

1600' to 2650'

8-10 down trees.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

1/10/15

Hayden Pass Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail to Hayden Pass

8.4 miles

1800' to 5847'

A gully washout exists at ~5700 feet. Visitors have created a boot path but it may be difficult for some people.

37 down trees and less than 6 are difficult to pass.

Not stock passable.

7/20/15

Long Ridge Trail

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

10.5 miles
900' to 5753'

A large tree has taken out a bridge on the Humes Ranch bypass trail making it very difficult to pass. It's recommended to go down to Humes Ranch.

Approximately 50 trees, 30 below 3500 feet as of 8/9.

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

6/13/14

Dodger Point Primitive Trail

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

5.2 miles
5800' to 1451'

Difficult to find in numerous locations and may require a map, compass and orienteering skills.
Visitors report the Elwha is ~32" deep at the crossing

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

The Elwha River crossing at Remann's Cabin is always very difficult and impossible during high streamflow events.

7/13/15

Elwha Basin Way Trail

Happy Hollow to Elwha Basin

2.4 miles

2300' to 2600'

No recent report.

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

11/13/14

Happy Hollow Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail @ Chicago Camp to Happy Hollow

0.7 miles

2100' to 2300'

No recent report.

11/13/14

West Elwha Trail

Altair Campground to Herrick Road

3.0 miles

390' to 600'

No recent report. 8-10 down trees.

6/10/15

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'

*Olympic Hot Springs Road will close 9/8/15*
Multiple trees beyond Happy Lake.

Bear canisters recommended at Happy Lake.

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

Not Stock Passable beyond Happy Lake.

7/25/15

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

*Olympic Hot Springs Road will close 9/8/15*

Clear of down trees.

The privy is located in the old parking lot just below the campground.

Campfires are prohibited at the Boulder Creek camp area as well as the Hot Springs due to extensive damage by visitors and subsequent revegetation efforts.

7/25/15
Boulder Lake Trail Olympic Hot Springs to Boulder Lake 3.5 miles 2061' to 4300'

Patchy snow around Boulder Lake

Not stock passable as of 11/16.

1/25/15
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Boulder Lake Trail to Appleton Pass 4.6 miles 2400' to 5100'

7 down trees. Oyster Lake is very low and may dry up with the hot conditions.

In summer, the trail can be very brushy and difficult to follow in meadows just below the pass.

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

6/24/15
Smokey Hill Trail Whiskey Bend Road to Elwha River .5 miles

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.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

11/13/14

Smokey Bottom Trail

West Lake Mills Abutment TH to Boulder Creek

1.9 miles

600' to 620'

Clear of down trees.

6/25/15





 

Northwest Trails

  • July 25th, 2015: Fire Ban still in effect

Lake Crescent Area Notices:

  • Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed July 27th 2015 until late October from the Lyre River Trailhead to 1/4 mile east of Devil's Punchbowl. More>>
  • Always check weather & road conditions.

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'

Caution: Trail end sign is missing and ropes have been installed by visitors further on. These may be unsafe and are not sanctioned by the NPS.

This route is exposed and steep with loose rock.

Closed to stock.

6/7/15

Barnes Creek Trail

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

800' to 2000'

No recent report.

11/13/14

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.

11/13/14

Aurora Divide Trail

Barnes Creek Trail to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail

3.6 miles

2000' to

No recent report. 11/13/14

Aurora Creek Trail

Trailhead (HWY 101) to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail

3.4 miles

500' to 4200'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

11/13/14

Aurora Ridge Trail

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

A visitor reports 94 down trees.

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 the bottom of switchbacks east of Sourdough Mountain.

Eagle Lakes Trail is closed to stock.

5/21/15

Pyramid Peak Trail

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

Visitors report that the new washout workaround has failed and may be impassable.

Trail is currently not passable to stock.

7/17/15

Spruce Railroad Trail

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

4.0 miles

Clear of downed trees.

Spruce Railroad Trail closed July 27th. See Lake Crescent note above.

This trail is accessible to horses, bicycles and pets.

7/26/15


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'

Clear of down trees

The North Fork Solduc must be forded at one mile. The ford regularly runs deep and can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and seasonal snowmelt.

7/2/15

Sol Duc River Trail Trailhead to jct. High Divide Trail

8.4 miles

1900' to 4800'

Clear of down trees and Snow.

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

7/20/15

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


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

4/6/14

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

Clear of down trees and snow

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.
7/20/15
Cat Basin Primitive Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to Cat Basin 0.6 miles
5050' to 4300'

Clear of down trees and snow.

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

7/20/15

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

Clear of down trees and snow.

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

7/23/15

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'

Clear of down trees and snow.

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

5/13/15

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

Clear of snow and down trees

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

5/13/15

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

No recent report.

Hidden Lake Creek ford can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and/or seasonal 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.

11/13/14

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

Clear of down trees and snow.

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.

7/19/15

Hoh/Bogachiel Area Notices:

    • Access to the South Fork Hoh River Trail will be closed August 10-September 25th. WA DNR is replacing a bridge on the access road.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.

Hoh/Bogachiel Area

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

6.3 miles

1300' to 1700' to 800'

Clear of down trees from the Bogachiel junction to the Calawah River, no report beyond

The Calawah River ford can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and seasonal snow melt.

Not recommended for stock.

7/27/15

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

Trail is very brushy between Bogachiel Camp and Twenty-one Mile. 1 large down tree.


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

Some creek and river crossings can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and seasonal snow melt.

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

7/19/15
South Snider-Jackson Trail Jct. Bogachiel River South Bank Trail to Hoh Road 10.0 miles
560' to 3200'

No recent report.

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

The Bogachiel river must be forded. The ford regularly runs deep and can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and snow melt.

Trail is currently not stock passable.

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

Not stock passable currently.

11/13/14

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

Just before Glacier Meadows there is a difficult descent into a steep avalanche chute with assistance from a pre-installed rope ladder.

Lewis Meadow's and the lower Glacier Meadow's privys are full.

The Elk Lake shelter has been structurally damaged by a fallen tree and should NOT be used.

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

The stocking hitching post at 5 Mile Island has washed away. Trail open to Llamas only beyond Elk Lake and it is not passable to Glacier Meadows.

Campfires are not permitted at or above Elk Lake.

7/20/15
Mt. Olympus Mt Olympus climbing routes Mileage varies Climbers have reported the mountain is approaching end of season conditions with crevasses opening, snow bridges melting and exposed ice in most areas.

Due to significant costs, the Blue Bag depository is no longer for use. Climbers should bring WAG bags or pick them up with their permit at the Wilderness Information Center.
7/16/15
Hoh Lake Trail Hoh River Trail to jct with High Divide Trail 6.5 miles
948' to 5474'
6 trees down below Hoh Lake.

The privy may not be suitable for use. If not, please continue past the bear wires for digging a cat hole.

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

Not stock passable.
7/16/15
South Fork Hoh River Trail Trailhead to end of maintained trail 4.2 miles
750' to 800'
No recent report.
Access to the South Fork Hoh River Trail will be closed August 10-September 25th. WA DNR is replacing a bridge on the access road.
8/12/15

 

Southwest Trails

  • The Queets trail closure has been expanded. The trail is now closed starting at Spruce Bottom
  • July 25th, 2015: Fire Ban still in effect

Quinault Area Notices:

  • Enchanted Valley Open. Bear canisters are Required for all overnight camping above Pyrites Creek and below the O'Neil Pass Junction.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.

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 info on downed trees.

Water available.

Can be 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.

7/26/15

Big Creek Trail

Irely Lake to & including Three Lakes 5.9 miles
600' to 3200'
Water available, No tree report.

Big Creek Bridge is off its footings but is passable; above the 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.

7/26/15

Three Lakes Trail

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

2 trees down, easy to pass. Water still available at Three Lakes.

Water Available

Closed to stock.

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

7/26/15

Skyline Primitive Trail

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

2 large and difficult to pass trees, one between Three Prune and Kimta Peak and one ~1/2 mile from the Low Divide junction.

Visitors report water is limited between Three Prune and Kimta Creek Basin but is available north of Kimta.

Slides near Seattle Creek and Lake Beauty are difficult to traverse.

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

No water sources between Three Prune and Kimta Peak.

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

Closed to stock.

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

7/20/15

Elip Creek Trail

Jct. North Fork Quinault River Trail to jct. Skyline Trail 4.6 miles
1000' to 3350'
Water still running at Elip Creek but not for 4.2 miles beyond until ~3,500'. Roughly 20 down trees in first 1.5 miles, some difficult to traverse.


The Elip Creek Bear wire is damaged and requires a rope to use. No Privy.

Closed to stock.
7/25/15

Martins Park/Lakes Primitive Trail

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

No recent report.

11/13/14

North Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Lake Margaret 16.5 miles
600' to 3600'

Clear of trees nearly to Trapper, ~20 trees beyond. One large Cedar is difficult to pass south of 12-mile camp.

Not stock passable due to debris at 1800' and a slide at 2700'

*Through hikers: Check Elwha Area Notices for Whiskey Bend Road Status*

As of 11/23/14-Campsites at Halfway House have washed away. Only 2 sites available at Elip Creek and the bear wire requires your own rope. 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.

Wild Rose Creek, Elip Creek and the Sixteen Mile Quinault River ford may become impassable due to heavy precipiation and/or snowmelt.

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

7/10/15

East Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Anderson Pass 18.2 miles
646' to 4465'

All food garbage and scented items must be stored in bear cans in Enchanted Valley. This is due to bears obtaining human food.

Visitors report two bears between Pyrites Creek and Enchanted Valley that do not seem fearful of Visitors. Ensure ALL scented items including food, scented drinks, garbage and personal items like lip balm and sunscreen are properly stored at ALL times.

Clear of down trees to Pyrites Creek.

Visitors report a difficult to traverse log pile below the Anderson, O'Neill pass junction.

Not stock passable beyond Pyrites Creek.

The emergency shelter at Enchanted Valley is closed.

The area has a high population of bears; stay a minimum of 50 yards away from park wildlife.

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

8/11/15

O'Neil Pass Trail

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

4 trees reported from Upper Duckabush to Marmot. 1 tree reported down beyond to East Fork junction

The trail sign at the junction is down.

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

The Duckabush River ford below Marmot Lake can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and snow melt.

Closed to stock.

7/8/15

Graves Creek Primitive Trail

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

~7 trees down. Visitors report the trail is difficult to find after crossing Graves Creek including multiple steep ravines that are difficult to cross.


Sign at junction to Sundown Pass and Lake Sundown in pieces on the ground.

Graves Creek fords can be hazardous after heavy precipitation and during early season snow melt.

Closed to stock.

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

8/18/15

Wynoochee Pass Trail

Park Boundary to jct. Sundown Lake & Graves Creek Trails 3.6 miles
2700' to 3600'
No recent report.
About 30 down trees; most were pretty easy to cross as and a 20' long slide area has damaged the trail between the park boundary and Wynoochee Pass as of 6/3.

Some of the creek crossings, between the trailhead and the pass, require dicey scrambles into/out of the creek valley. Many sections of this trail are brushy.

Closed to stock.
8/13/15

South Fork Skokomish River Trail

Park Boundary via Sundown Pass to jct. Lake Sundown Trail 2.6 miles (inside park boundary)
2500' to 3700'
No recent report.
Several down trees, all in the USFS section; two of them were *really* tricky to get around as of 9/25.

There are several sections of trail that are hard to follow due to lack of trail tread.
8/13/15

Lake Sundown Trail

Jct. Wynoochee Pass & Graves Creek Trails to & including Lake Sundown 1.6 miles
2700' to 3900'

No recent report.

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

Closed to stock.
11/13/14

Queets Area Notices:

  • The Queets trail closure has been expanded. The trail is now closed starting at Spruce Bottom due to a 2000+ acre fire.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.


Queets Area

Trail Name
Description
Mileage & Elevation
Conditions
Updated

Queets River Trail

Trailhead to Pelton Creek 16.2 miles
360' to 800'

The Queets River Trail is closed to hiking and camping beyond Spruce Bottom due to a 2000+ acre wildfire.

No recent report.
The first 1.5 miles from the river crossing to Andrews Field (see note) are very wet and muddy. 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 as of 8/13/14

Trail is currently not passable to stock beyond the east side of Andrews 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, reaching 10,000 CFS or more 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.

8/4/15

Lower Crossing Route

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

No recent report.

11/18/14

Sam's River Loop

Loop Trail from Queets Trailhead to Ranger Station and return

2.8 miles

No recent report.

11/13/14

Upper Crossing Route

Queets River Trail to & including Smith Place 0.3 miles

No elevation gain.
No recent report. 11/18/14

 

Coastal Trails & Routes

Coastal Area Notices: June 25th, 2015: Open campfires are not permitted in the backcountry including the Wilderness Coast until further notice due to high fire danger.

  • 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.
  • Regular Iodine is not sufficient for water treatment as it does not kill cryptosporidium; boiling or filtering water water is recommended.
  • 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.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.

North Coast

Trail Name

Description

Mileage

Conditions

Date

Shi-Shi to Cape Alava Beach Trail

Makah Reservation Trailhead to Cape Alava

14.3 miles

Water still available at Petroleum Creek as of 8/14. Visitors are reporting high concentrations of salt in Ozette River even at high tide requiring a longer walk up the river for water access.

Shi Shi Beach Toilets: 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 north of Willoughby Creek.

Headlands may be very muddy at any time.

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.

8/20/15

North Coast Beach Route

Sand Point to Rialto Beach Trailhead

17.2 miles

Water at Sand Point and South Sand Point is available for filtering but only from stagnant pools. Many visitors have been camping outside their reserved areas. Plan ahead and bring extra water. Yellowbanks has water from seeps at both ends of the beach. Creeks are flowing at Norwegian Memorial, Cedar Creek, Starbuch Mine, and Ellen Creek. Seeps flowing at multiple locations south of Norwegian Memorial, Coastie Head and Chilean Memorial.

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

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

8/20/15

Ozette Loop Trail

Ozette Trailhead to Cape Alava, to Sand Point and return

9.5 miles

Water is only a stagnant pool at Sand Point and Cape Alava. Water is still flowing ~1/2 mile north of Cape Alava.

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.

8/20/15

Ericsons Bay Trail

South Sand Point Trailhead to Ericsons Bay

2.0 miles

Clear of down trees

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.

6/30/15




South Coast

Trail Name

Description

Mileage

Conditions

Date

Second Beach Trail

Trailhead to Second Beach

0.7 miles

Clear of down trees

Beach logs at the end of the trail can be difficult and slippery to cross and trail can become muddy and slippery with precipitation. 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.

7/15/15

Third Beach Trail

Trailhead to Third Beach

1.4 miles

Clear of down trees

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

7/15/15

South Coast Beach Route

Third Beach to Oil City

15.3 miles

Regular water sources are still flowing near established camping areas including a seep just north of Strawberry Point.

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; crossing over debris is difficult.

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.

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.

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 2' or less tide to pass.

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!

During winter, the coast south of Third Beach is only recommended for experienced backpackers due to difficult bluff climbs, deep mud and high streamflow levels; stream crossings especially at Goodman and Mosquito Creek may be difficult even during low tides.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons, or wheeled devices.

8/23/15

Oil City Trail

Hoh River Bank to Trailhead at Oil City

0.6 miles

No recent report.

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

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!

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

8/1/15

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