Three Lakes Trail



  • Permits for this area should be obtained at the South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station or the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles.
  • Snow can persist on the Skyline Trail into late July or August. Expert map and compass skills as well as ice axe and self-arrest skills are recommended when the trail is snow-covered.
  • Bear canisters are required for food storage beyond Three Lakes.


Ecosystem Type: Montane forest, subalpine forest, subalpine meadow
Trail Tread Types: Maintained
General Elevation Trend: Moderate
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 6.9 miles
Elevation Change: 500 feet to 3,200 feet
Best Season: Early July through October
Connecting Trails: Irely Lake Trail, Big Creek Trail, Elip Creek Trail, Skyline Primitive Trail, North Fork Quinault River Trail
Stock: Open to stock but closed to stock for camping



Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station or the WIC in Port Angeles.
Food Storage Method: A bear wire is located at Three Lakes. Along the Skyline Trail, bear canisters are required due to lack of suitable trees for food hanging.
Location and sites: Three Lakes
Toilet Facilities: A pit toilet is located at Three Lakes. Elsewhere, bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites.
Water Source: Big Creek and Three Lakes
Stock: Three Lakes is closed to stock for camping


Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp only on bare ground or durable surfaces.
Campfires: Campfires are prohibited at Three Lakes and along the Skyline Trail.
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 as there are no suitable trees for hanging food.

Roosevelt Elk in the high country
Roosevelt Elk in the high country

Last updated: June 21, 2017

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