Trail Conditions

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

Please email us your trail report.

Trail Areas

 

Southeast Trails

Staircase Area Notices:
The Enchanted Valley area is closed to all camping above Pyrites Creek and below the O'Neill Pass trail junction until further notice. This six mile section of trail remains open to hiking.
This is due to bears coming in contact with human food.

- 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'

See Notice at top of page : Re :Enchanted Valley

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

Clear of trees to 1 mile past 8 stream.

5/13/15
Wagonwheel Lake Trail

Trailhead to & including Wagonwheel Lake

2.8 miles

785' to 4150'
Trail in good shape. Very little snow.

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

Closed to stock.

1/13/15

Home Sweet Home Trail

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

2.6 miles

4688' to 2695'
No recent report.
11/13/14
Four Stream Trail Jct. Staircase Rapids Loop Trail to Four Stream

1.2 miles

900' to 1000'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.
11/13/14

Flapjack Lakes Trail

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

4.0 miles

1490' to 3900'

No recent report.

11/13/14

Upper Lena Lake Trail

Park Boundary to & including Upper Lena Lake

2.8 miles

700' to 4550'

No recent report.

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.

11/13/14

Gladys Divide Primitive Trail

Flapjack Lakes to Gladys Divide

1.4 miles

3900' to 5050'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

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

11/13/14

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.

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.

11/13/14

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

Not recommended for stock.
11/13/14

Six Ridge Primitive Trail

Jct. Sundown Lake Trail to North Fork Skokomish River Trail

10.6 miles

4650' to 1500'

No recent report.

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.

11/13/14

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'

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'

See Notices at top of page : Re :Enchanted Valley

Lots of down trees reported outside park boundary. Reported to be impassible.

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 7/24.

4/24/15



Dosewallips Area Notices:
The Enchanted Valley area is closed to all camping above Pyrites Creek and below the O'Neill Pass trail junction until further notice. This six mile section of trail remains open to hiking.
This is due to bears coming in contact with human food.

- 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

No recent report.

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.

11/13/14

West Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Anderson Pass

9.0 miles

1600' to 4464'

See Notice at top of page : Re :Enchanted Valley

Dose forks to Diamond Meadow in good condition.
Footlog crossing above Diamond Meadows washed out; Ford necessary. Diamond Meadow to Honeymoon Meadows generally good with a couple trees down. No major issues getting around. Honeymoon to Anderson pass; trail in good condition,snow on trail when not in forest.

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


4/24/15

LaCrosse Pass Trail

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

6.4 miles

3600' to 5566'

No recent report.

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

11/13/14

Anderson Moraine Trail

Anderson Pass to Moraine

0.8 miles

4465' to 5200'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

11/13/14

Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Hayden Pass

11.3 miles

1736' to 5847'

No recent report.

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

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.

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

11/29/14

Dosewallips River Trail

Trailhead to Dose Forks

1.4 miles

1600' to 1736'

No recent report.

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

11/13/14

Constance Pass Trail

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

7.8 miles

2182' to 5850'

No recent report.

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.

11/13/14

Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Dose Meadow to Lost Pass

0.9 miles

4450' to 6200'

No recent report.

11/13/14


 

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'

Royal Lake snow free.

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

Closed to stock.

5/22/15




Three Forks Trail

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

4.3 miles

5400' to 2150'

No recent report.

5/21/15





Upper Gray Wolf River Trail

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

~ 14.6 miles

2050' to 6200' to 3550'

"Dozens of down trees" from park boundary to Three Forks reported by hiker. Footlog at Graywolf Camp damaged. Hikers reported that the trail beyond Three Forks was in good shape. Continuous snow begins near 4500 ft. Winter travel equipment and skills needed beyond.

See USFS website for information on Lower Graywolf Trail

4/29/15

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'

No recent report.

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

4/29/15



Grand Valley/Grand Pass Trail

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

7.7 miles

6100' to 4750'

No recent report.

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

5/23/15



Cameron Pass Trail

Jct. Grand Pass Trail to Cameron Pass

3.6 miles

4150' to 6450'

No recent report.

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.

4/29/15



Cameron-Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Cameron Pass to Lost Pass

1.9 miles

6200' to 6450'

No recent report.

4/29/15



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'

No recent report.

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

5/24/15



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'

Caution: 10'+ of the Obstruction Headwall just past Obstruction Point remains. The Headwall is a steep patch of snow that must be crossed and it can be icy first thing in the morning requiring crampons and an ice axe.

7 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.

5/24/15



PJ Lake Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point Road at Waterhole to PJ Lake

0.9 miles

5050' to 4550'

No recent report.

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

Not recommended for stock.

5/21/15



Cox Valley Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point Road to end of trail

1.8 miles

4900' to 3700'

No recent report.

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

Not recommended for stock.

5/21/15



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'

Snow free to Lake Angeles.

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.

2/23/15


Heather Park Trail

Trailhead via Heather Park to jct. Switchback Trail

6.2 miles

1850' to 6000'

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.

Overnight hikers must register at Wilderness Information Center in Port Angles. Bear Canisters are recommended for food storage.

Not recommended for stock.

11/13/14



Switchback Trail

Trailhead to jct. of Lake Angeles & Heather Park Trails

1.6 miles

4400' to 5900'

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.

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

11/13/14



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.

11/13/14


Wolf Creek Trail

Whiskey Bend Rd. to Hurricane Hill Picnic Area

8.1 miles

1198' to 5100'

No recent report.

11/13/14



Little River Trail

Boundary to Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

6.8 miles

1000' to 5100'

7 down trees in first 4 miles. No snow.

Little River Trailhead requires a State Discover Pass.

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

1/24/15



Elwha to Hurricane Hill Trail

Whiskey Bend Road to jct. Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

5.8 miles

400' to 5650'

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.

11/13/14



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.

5/19/14


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.
  • Access to Olympic Hotspring Pools will be closed 6/3 to 6/10. The camp area and trails to Appleton Pass and Boulder Lake will remain open.
  • 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'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

11/13/14

Elwha River Trail

Whiskey Bend to Lake Margaret

27.7 miles

1198' to 3650'

*Check Elwha Notices for Whiskey Bend Road Status.*

44 trees down. There is a washout 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.

5/29/15

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'

No recent report.


Not stock passable currently.

11/13/14

Long Ridge Trail

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

10.5 miles
900' to 5753'

No recent report.
Approximately 50 trees, 30 below 3500 feet as of 8/9.

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

11/13/14

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.

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

11/13/14

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.

1/10/15

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'

Snow began at 5,000 ft. Patchy snow along ridge. 20-30 down trees.

Bear canisters recommended at Happy Lake.

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

1/25/15

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

Pool access closed 6/3-6/10

The Olympic Hot Springs Road is Open.

Clear of of down trees.

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.

5/22/15
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'

A visitor reports continuous snow starting at 4500'. Multiple campsites melted out.


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.

5/18/15
Upper Lake Mills Trail Whiskey Bend Road to Elwha River .4 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
 

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'

A few down trees. Snow free.

This route is exposed and steep with loose rock.

Closed to stock.

1/26/15

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 and 300 yards of snow just east of the Barnes Creek 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 the bottom of switchbacks east of Sourdough Mountain.

Eagle Lakes Trail is closed to stock.

5/21/14

Pyramid Peak Trail

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

Trail had reopened.

Trail is currently not passable to stock.

2/26/15

Spruce Railroad Trail

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

4.0 miles

No recent report.

This trail is accessible to horses, bicycles and pets.

11/14/14


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'

No recent report.

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.

11/13/14

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.

5/25/15

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'

Minimal snow remains.

Clear of 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.

Trail not recommended for stock due to steep, narrow trail tread in some places.
5/25/15
Cat Basin Primitive Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to Cat Basin 0.6 miles
5050' to 4300'

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.

11/13/14

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

Some ice and snow on descent from ridge line.

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

2/23/15

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 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

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 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.

Experienced stock and stock users only.

5/13/15

Hoh/Bogachiel Area Notices:

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'

No recent report.

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

Not recommended for stock.

11/13/14

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

No recent report.

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.

11/13/14
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'

Clear of snow past Glacier Meadows.

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

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.

Trail open to Llamas only beyond Elk Lake and is not passable to Glacier Meadows. Campfires are not permitted at or above Elk Lake.

5/29/2015
Mt. Olympus Mt Olympus climbing routes Mileage varies Climbers have reported conditions on the glaciers as similar to mid/late summer.
Utilize blue bags to protect the alpine environment. Please do not leave used blue bags beside the container on the lateral moraine, in crevasses, by the Glacier Meadows ranger station or in the privies. They should go in the receptacle on the lateral moraine only.
5/7/15
Hoh Lake Trail Hoh River Trail to jct with High Divide Trail 6.5 miles
948' to 5474'
No Recent report.
Steep, exposed grade (no canopy) through 1978 burn; carry adequate water as there are no water sources along this trail until C.B Flats.
5/2/15
South Fork Hoh River Trail Trailhead to end of maintained trail 4.2 miles
750' to 800'
No recent report.
5/2/15

 

Southwest Trails

Quinault Area Notices: The Enchanted Valley area is closed to all camping above Pyrites Creek and below the O'Neill Pass trail junction until further notice. This six mile section of trail remains open to hiking. This is due to bears coming in contact with human food.

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.
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.

11/13/14

Big Creek Trail

Irely Lake to & including Three Lakes 5.9 miles
600' to 3200'
No recent 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.

11/13/14

Three Lakes Trail

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

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

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

11/13/14

Skyline Primitive Trail

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

No recent report.
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.

11/13/14

Elip Creek Trail

Jct. North Fork Quinault River Trail to jct. Skyline Trail 4.6 miles
1000' to 3350'
No recent report.

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

The Elip Creek Bear wire is damaged and may require a rope.

Closed to stock.
11/13/14

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 to Halfway House, 20+ trees beyond.

*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. 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.

5/29/15

East Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Anderson Pass 18.2 miles
646' to 4465'

See Notice at top of page : Re :Enchanted Valley

Overnight camping is prohibited between Pyrites Creek and O'Neil Pass Junction until further notice. There is an aggressive bear in the area.

Clear of down trees to Noname Creek. Not stock passable beyond.

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.

5/13/15

O'Neil Pass Trail

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

No recent report.

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.

11/13/14

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 multiple down trees and mud between the Graves Creek Ford and Success Creek Ford. 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.

11/13/14

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.
11/13/14

South Fork Skokomish River Trail

Park Boundary via Sundown Pass to jct. Lake Sundown Trail 2.6 miles (inside park boundary)
2500' to 3700'
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.
11/13/14

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:

Queets Area

Trail Name
Description
Mileage & Elevation
Conditions
Updated

Queets River Trail

Trailhead to Pelton Creek 16.2 miles
360' to 800'

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.

11/18/14

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:

  • 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 at any time.

3 toilets at Shi Shi Beach: 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.

11/15/14

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.

No recent report.
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.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

11/15/14

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.
2 down trees on the Sand Point trail as of 11/24/14.

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.

11/25/14

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.

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.

11/15/14




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.

No recent report.
Clear of down trees as of 10/30/14

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.

11/15/14

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.

11/15/14

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.

No recent report.

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 may be difficult even during low tides.

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.

11/15/14

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.

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.

11/15/14

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