Lacrosse Pass Trail

Olympic High Country Meadows
Olympic High Country Meadows

Trail Conditions
Special Concerns


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Ecosystem type: Montane forest, subalpine forest, and subalpine meadow
Trail tread types: Maintained
General elevation trend: Fairly steep
Unique features: High-country meadows and views
Level of difficulty: Moderate to steep
Distance: 6.4 miles
Elevation change: 3,600 feet to 5,566 feet
Best Season: Mid-July through October


Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are required in the subalpine high country where food cannot be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 feet out from the nearest tree trunk.
Campsites: There are no established campsites along this trail. Camp on bare ground and 200 feet from water sources.
Toilet Facilities: None. Bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Duckabush and Dosewallips rivers and nearby streams. Always boil, filter, or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia. No water near LaCrosse Pass.
Stock: Allowed. See Stock Use for regulations.


Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace during your stay to protect vegetation and reduce impacts to the wilderness. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are prohibited above 3,500 feet. Leave no trace of your fire ring. Burn dead and down wood only.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage, and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are recommended in this area.



  • Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and rain gear with warm clothes.
  • Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
  • Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
  • Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Whiteouts are sudden. Read the weather forecasts, but remember to read the weather in front of your eyes.

Last updated: September 13, 2022

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