Trail Conditions

These conditions are updated as reported from visitors and staff and may not reflect the what you find in the field. Conditions can change quickly in this wilderness park.

 
Bull Elk
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General Notices: Navigation

 
  • Wilderness Backpacking Permits are required for all overnight hikes. For the most up to date information on how to obtain a permit, visit our Wilderness Reservations page.
  • In alignment with the Makah Tribe's closure of the Makah Reservation and Ozette Reservation (located north of Cape Alava), the wilderness area north of Cape Alava, including Shi Shi Beach, remains closed to all park visitors until further notice.
  • Note about human waste resource impacts: In the last few years there has been a rise in human feces left unburied within the park and wilderness. In order to keep this a pristine and enjoyable resource into the future:
    • Always use toilets when available
    • When beyond 1/4 mile of a privy - walk at least 70 steps (200 feet) away from water, trails, and campsites, & dig a hole 8 inches deep in soil (not sand) to bury your human waste. Pack out your toilet paper.
  • For more updates, always check weather & road conditions.
  • Olympic National Forest road conditions page
 
Sol Duc Area Notices:
  • All food, garbage, beverages & scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area. This also includes Cat Basin & all areas within the Main Fork Sol Duc River Drainage.
Trail Name Description Mileage & Elevation Conditions Updated
North Fork Sol Duc River Trail Trailhead to North Fork of North Fork Sol Duc (mile 6.3) 9.3 miles

1600' to 2800'
  • No recent reports
  • The North Fork Sol Duc must be forded at one mile. The ford regularly runs deep & can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation & seasonal snowmelt
7/26/21
Sol Duc River Trail Trailhead to jct. High Divide Trail 8.4 miles

1900' to 4800'
  • Trail is in good condition
9/1/21
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Dol Duc River Trail to Appleton Pass 2.6 miles

3000' to 5100'
  • Trail is snow free
7/26/21
High Divide Trail Jct. Deer Lake & Little Divide Trails to jct. Cat Basin Trail 7.8 miles

3600' to 4500'
  • Trail is in good condition
  • No water available up on the High Divide
  • Protect the fragile plants in this area by not walking on them
  • Trail not recommended for stock due to steep, narrow trail tread in some locations
9/1/21
Cat Basin Primitive Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to Cat Basin 0.6 miles

5050' to 4300'
  • Trail is primitive & can be difficult to navigate at times
9/26/21
Lunch Lake Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to Lunch Lake 0.6 miles

4800' to 4450'
  • Trail is in good condition
9/1/21
Deer Lake Trail Jct. Sol Duc River Trail via Sol Duc Falls & Deer Lake to jct. Little Divide Trail 3.0 miles

2000' to 3600'
  • Trail is in good condition
9/1/21
Mink Lake Trail Trailhead (Sol Duc Resort) to jct. Bogachiel River & Little Divide Trails 4.3 miles

1643' to 4130'
  • No recent reports
7/25/21
Lover's Lane Trail Jct. Mink Lake Trail to jct. Deer Lake Trail 2.9 miles

1643' to 2000'
  • No recent reports
  • Hidden Lake Creek ford can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and/or seasonal snowmelt
7/26/21
Little Divide Trail Jct. Bogachiel River & Mink Lake Trails to jct. Deer Lake & High Divide Trails 3.5 miles

4130' to 3600'
  • No recent reports
  • Stock use can be difficult due to downed trees
7/26/21


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 reports
  • No signage at the trailhead
  • The Calawah River ford can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation & seasonal snow melt
  • Not recommended for stock
7/26/21
Bogachiel River Trail Boundary to jct. Mink Lake & Little Divide Trails 21.6 miles

400' to 4130'
  • Trail is in good condition
  • Some creek & river crossings can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation & seasonal snow melt
8/24/21
South Snider-Jackson Trail Jct. Bogachiel River South Bank Trail to Hoh Road 10.0 miles

560' to 3200'
  • Trail is mostly clear with some downed trees in the first 2 miles heading south
  • The Bogachiel River must be forded. The ford regularly runs deep and can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and/or seasonal snow melt
  • Trail is not currently stock passable
  • The only water source on this trail is Tumwata Creek at the north terminus
7/31/21
Hoh River Trail Trailhead to Glacier Meadows 17.5 miles

600' to 5000'
  • Trail is in good condition
  • Take caution if traveling up to Glacier Meadows. An avalanche chute on route requires hikers to utilize a rope ladder to get down a steep and loose rock slope
  • Bear canisters are now required at 5 Mile Island due to coyotes actively stealing food/gear items from visitors
  • In all other sites in the Hoh area, food & scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters or on a park established bear wire
  • The stock hitching post at 5 Mile Island has washed away. Trail is closed to stock (except llamas) beyond Elk Lake
  • Campfires are not permitted at or above Elk Lake
  • Martin Creek, Elk Lake, & Glacier Meadows are in a quota area. Early reservations are recommended
8/29/21
Mount Olympus Mount Olympus climbing routes Mileage varies
  • This is a technical mountaineering climb & requires technical gear and skills
  • There is no blue bag deposit on the lateral moraine - climbers must bring a WAG bag or pick one up from the Port Angeles Wilderness Center to pack out human waste
7/26/21
Hoh Lake Trail Hoh River Trail to jct. with High Divide Trail 6.5 miles

948' to 5474'
  • Trail is mildly brushy with approximately 35 downed trees
  • Steep, exposed grade (no canopy) through the 1978 burn. No water sources along this trail until C.B. Flats.
  • Not stock passable
7/26/21
South Fork Hoh River Trail Trailhead to end of maintained trail 4.2 miles

750' to 800'
  • Trail is in good shape, one medium sized tree down
6/29/21


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 reports
  • Caution: note the "End of Maintained Trail" sign. Beyond this is exposed & steep with loose rock. Visitors may put up ropes in this location - these are not installed or maintained by the NPS & may be unsafe
  • Closed to stock
  • Fires are prohibited along this trail
7/25/21
Barnes Creek Trail Jct. Marymere Falls Trail to jct. Upper Barnes Creek Primitive Trail 3.3 miles

800' to 2000'
  • Trail is in good condition
7/25/21
Upper Barnes Creek Primitive Trail Barnes Creek Trail to Hughes Creek/Barnes Creek Divide 5.3 miles

2000' to 3600'
  • No recent reports
  • Trail may be difficult to follow near the end. Lizard Head creek can be difficult to cross.
  • Closed to stock
7/25/21
Aurora Divide Trail Barnes Creek Trail to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail 3.6 miles

500' to 2000'
  • No recent reports
7/25/21
Aurora Creek Trail Trailhead (HWY 101) to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail 3.4 miles

500' to 4200'
  • Trail is clear of snow until just before the jct. with Aurora Ridge. Trail is mostly clear of downed trees
  • Closed to stock
6/9/21
Aurora Ridge Trail Sol Duc Road to jct. Happy Lake Ridge Trail 16.9 miles

1200' to 5000'
  • About 15 downed threes between trailhead and Happy Lake Ridge trail, mostly after Eagle Lakes jct. Moderate to difficult route finding in open meadows from Aurora Springs to Barnes Creek trail jct.
  • No water after the first mile of trail (excluding Eagle Lakes) to the bottom of the switchbacks east of Sourdough Mountain
  • Eagle Lakes Trail is closed to stock
7/25/21
Pyramid Peak Trail Trailhead (Camp David Junior Road) to summit of Pyramid Peak 3.5 miles

650' to 3000'
  • No recent reports
  • The trail through the slide area may not be passable for some groups; this section has trail tread less than 1 ft. and may become challenging when wet
  • The trail is currently not passable to stock
7/25/21
Spruce Railroad Trail Dead end of East Beach Road to dead end of Camp David Jr. Road 4.0 miles
  • Trail is open: Debris from a landslide in early January has been cleared and repairs completed
  • Clallum County has re-opened the East Beach Road for the summer season
5/13/21
Elwha Area Notices:
  • Due to a road washout, the Elwha area is closed to vehicle access beyond the Madison Falls parking area. This adds an additional 6.5 miles of hiking to the Whiskey Bend Trailhead and ~8 miles to the Boulder Creek Trailhead.
  • The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing
Trail Name Description Mileage & Elevation Conditions Updated
Griff Creek Trail Trailhead to end of trail 2.8 miles

400' to 3500'
  • No recent reports
  • Closed to stock
7/25/21
Cascade Rock Trail Trailhead to end of trail 2 miles

400' to 1800'
  • Trail is clear of trees and in good shape
  • Closed to stock
8/19/21
Elwha River Trail Whiskey Bend to Lake Margaret 27.7 miles

1198' to 3650'
  • Several sections of trail are overgrown between Camp Wilder and Lake Margaret. Navigational skills & GPS may be required
  • ~0.5 miles south of Hayes River jct. a 20' section of trail is being undercut by a landslide - proceed with caution
  • Canyon Camp bear Wire is down. Be prepared to use a park-approved bear canister or hang your food 12 ft. high and 10 ft. out
7/25/21
Humes Ranch Loop Geyser Valley, Krause Bottom, Rica Canyon & Humes Ranch Loop 4.3 miles

1198' to 900'
  • Cut-off trail to Goblin's Gate has ~30 downed trees & 1 small rock slide that is easily passable. ~50 downed trees from Goblin's Gate to Humes Ranch, some are large and more difficult to pass
  • Bear wire is located near to meadow below Humes Cabin
7/25/21
Lillian River Trail Jct. Elwha River Trail to end of trail (mile 3.0) 2.5 miles

1600' to 2650'
  • No recent reports
  • Trail is brushy and difficult to navigate in places. The last 1/4 mile of trail has been erased by a windfall of large downed trees
7/25/21
Hayden Pass Trail Jct. Elwha River Trail to Hayden Pass 8.4 miles

1800' to 5847'
  • No recent reports
  • One difficult gully to get in and out of about 1.5 miles west of the pass
  • Not stock passable
7/25/21
Long Ridge Trail Jct. Humes Ranch Loop Trail (mile 1.0) to Dodger Point 10.5 miles

900' to 5753'
  • No recent reports
  • In the summer, the last reliable water source is a spring at 4420'
7/25/21
Dodger Point Primitive Trail Jct. Long Ridge Trail to jct. Elwha River Trail via Semple Plateau 5.2 miles

5800' to 1451'
  • No recent reports
  • Trail can be difficult to navigate through the meadows/bogs close to the river. The rest of the trail has a couple of washouts and downed trees, but is not hard to follow
  • The last reliable water source is 1.0 mile below Dodger Point
  • The Elwha River crossing at Remann's Cabin is always difficult to ford and is impossible to cross during high stream-flow events
7/25/21
Elwha Basin Way Trail Happy Hollow to Elwha Basin 2.4 miles

2300' to 2600'
  • No recent reports
  • Trail is difficult to follow in places. The river is difficult to cross
7/25/21
Happy Hollow Trail Jct. Elwha River Trail @ Chicago Camp to Happy Hollow 0.7 miles

2100' to 2300'
  • No recent reports
  • This is a primitive trail & no maintained
7/25/21
West Elwha Trail Altair Campground to Herrick Road 3.0 miles

390' to 600'
  • No recent reports
7/25/21
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 reports
  • Bear canisters required for Happy Lake campsite
  • Happy Lake & Boulder Lake are the only water sources on this trail
  • Not stock passable beyond Happy Lake
7/25/21
Boulder Creek Trail Trailhead to Olympic Hot Springs 2.5 miles

1800' to 2061'
  • Trail clear to Olympic Hot Springs
  • Campfires are prohibited at Boulder Creek camp area and the Hot Springs due to past damage to the resource
  • Privies are in the old parking lot just below the campground & above the trail in the camp area
7/25/21
Boulder Lake Trail Olympic Hot Springs to Boulder Lake 3.5 miles

2061' to 4300'
  • Approximately 10 trees down
  • Boulder Lake bear wire is down. Bear canisters recommended for food storage since food hanging is difficult in this area
7/25/21
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Boulder Lake Trail to Appleton Pass 4.6 miles
  • No recent reports
7/25/21
Smokey Hill Trail Whiskey Bend Road to Elwha River 0.5 miles
  • No recent reports
  • Watch for areas of deep mud. Park crews have planted over 30,000 plants for the Elwha Restoration project, please avoid walking on plants
7/25/21
Smokey Bottom Trail West Lake Mills Abutment TH to Boulder Creek 1.9 miles

600' to 620'
  • No recent reports
7/25/21


Hurricane Ridge Area:


Trail Name Description Mileage & Elevation Conditions Updated
Royal Basin Trail Park Boundary via Royal Lake to Shelter Rock Area 6.2 miles

2500' to 5100'
  • Trail is in good condition
  • All food, garbage & scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Royal Creek/Royal Lake/ Royal Basin area
  • This is a quota area. Reserving a permit early is recommended
  • There is no longer a self-pay box for the NW Forest Pass at the trailhead
  • Closed to stock
8/17/21
Three Forks Trail Trailhead (Deer Park) to Jct. Gray Wolf River Trail 4.3 miles

5400' to 2150'
  • Trail is in good condition
  • Check on the latest Deer Park Road conditions here
8/17/21
Upper Gray Wolf River Trail Park Boundary via Three Forks to Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail ~14.6 miles

2050' to 6200' to 3550'
  • Trail cleared & in good condition from the park boundary to just past Camp Ellis. Some downed trees above Camp Ellis, but most are easy to navigate.
  • Washout on Lower Graywolf Trail. Upper Trail & Slab Camp Trail not accessible from Lower Graywolf Trailhead
  • See USFS website for information on Lower Graywolf Trail
8/17/21
Cedar Lake Way Trail Jct. Gray Wolf River Trail to Cedar Lake 2.1 miles

3900' to 5300'
  • Some brushy areas and a few downed trees
  • Trail start can be difficult to find: it begins at the top of the meadow near campsites
  • Trail is difficult to navigate after the creek crossing
8/17/21
Cameron Creek Trail Three Forks to jct. Grand Pass Trail 7.0 miles

2150' to 4200'
  • Northern creek crossing foot-log can become partially covered in water during high creek flow events
7/25/21
Grand Valley/Grand Pass Trail Obstruction Point via Grand Valley & Pass to jct. of Cameron Creek Trail 7.7 miles

6100' to 4750'
  • Trail is in good condition
  • For the latest on the status of the Obstruction Point Road click here
8/4/21
Cameron Pass Trail Jct. Grand Pass Trail to Cameron Pass 3.6 miles

4150' to 6450'
  • Trail can be difficult to navigate at creek crossing that's about 1 mile Southeast of Upper Cameron camp area
  • One lingering snowfield remains on the north side of Cameron Pass
  • Trees in Upper Cameron Basin are inadequate for food-hanging; bear canisters are required when food cannot be hung at least 12' high and 10' out from the nearest tree trunk
  • Trail not recommended for stock due to the steep grade
8/4/21
Cameron-Lost Pass Primitive Trail Cameron Pass to Lost Pass 1.9 miles

6200' to 6450'
  • No recent reports
  • Trail can be difficult to follow along creek beds and meadow areas
7/25/21
Deer Ridge Trail Boundary to jct. Three Forks Trail 1.5 miles

2550' to 5400'
  • No recent reports
  • Not passable for stock
7/25/21
Badger Valley Primitive Trail Obstruction Point via Badger Valley to jct. Grand Lake Trail 4.7 miles

6100' to 4000'
  • No recent reports
  • For the latest on the status of Obstruction Point Road click here
7/25/21
Elk Mountain Primitive Trail Elk Mountain to jct. Badger Valley Trail 1.3 miles

6650' to 5600'
  • No recent report
  • For the latest on the status of the Obstruction Point Road click here
  • Not recommended for stock
7/25/21
Obstruction Point to Deer Park Trail Obstruction Point to Deer Park 7.4 miles

6100' to 5400'
  • Trail is in good condition
  • For the latest on the status of the Obstruction Point Road click here
  • Beware of goats frequenting this area. Stay at least 50 yards away
  • There are no water sources on this trail
  • Not recommended for stock
8/17/21
PJ Lake Primitive Trail Obstruction Point Road at Waterhole to PJ Lake 0.9 miles

5050' to 4550'
  • No recent reports
  • For the latest on the status of Obstruction Point Road click here
  • Not recommended for stock
6/18/21
Cox Valley Primitive Trail Obstruction Point Road to end of trail 1.8 miles

4900' to 3700'
  • No recent reports
  • For the latest on the status of Obstruction Point Road click here
6/18/21
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'
  • Trail is in good condition
  • Bear canisters are required for food storage
7/25/21
Heather Park Trail Trailhead via Heather Park to jct. Switchback Trail 6.2 miles

1850' to 6000'
  • Trail is in good condition
  • Bear canisters are required for food storage
  • Not recommended for stock
7/25/21
Switchback Trail Trailhead to jct. of Lake Angeles & Heather Park Trails 1.6 miles

4400' to 5900'
  • Trail is in good condition
  • Not recommended for stock
7/25/21
Hurricane Ridge to Switchback Trail Jct. High Ridge Nature Trail to jct. Switchback Trail 2.8 miles

5300' to 5100'
  • No recent report
  • Not recommended for stock
6/28/21
Wolf Creek Trail Whiskey Bend Rd. to Hurricane Hill Picnic Area 8.1 miles

1198' to 5100'
  • No recent report
  • The Olympic Hot Springs Road is washed out and must be hiked from the gate at Madison Falls
  • Not stock passable to Whiskey Bend
6/28/21
Little River Trail Boundary to Hurricane Hill Nature Trail 6.8 miles

1000' to 5100'
  • No recent reports
  • Stock user reports dangerous location for stock 0.5 miles past first foot-log. Slide prevents stock users from moving forward on trail and backward on trail if already at the slide
  • Permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips
6/28/21
Elwha to Hurricane Hill Trail Whiskey Bend Road to jct. Hurricane Hill Nature Trail 5.8 miles

400' to 5650'
  • No recent reports
  • The Olympic Hot Springs Road is washed out and must be hiked from the gate at Madison Falls
  • Not stock passable
6/28/21
Heart O' the Forest Trail Heart O' the Hills Campground to park boundary 2.3 miles

1900' to 1400'
  • No recent reports
  • Closed to stock
6/28/21
 
Trees, shrubs, and moss in the Hoh Rain Forest
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Quinault Area Notices:
  • Enchanted Valley - Bear canisters are required for all overnight camping above Pyrites Creek and below the O'Neil Pass Junction.
  • The Quinault Wilderness Information Center is closed for the 2021 season and will reopen during Spring 2022.
Trail Name Description Mileage & Elevation Conditions Updated
Irely Lake Trail Trailhead (North Fork Quinault River Rd.) to Irely Lake 1.1 miles

500' to 600'
  • Trail is in good condition but muddy after recent rains and has been brushed as far as Irely Lake
  • Closed to stock
10/10/21
Big Creek Trail Irely Lake to Three Lakes 5.9 miles

600' to 3200'
  • This trail has been brushed from Irely Lake to Big Creek. There are approximately 5 trees down across the trail, most of which are smaller in diameter. The largest tree down is 2.5 ft. in diameter.
  • Big Creek needs to be forded since the bridge is now gone. The creek normally runs ankle to knee deep during the summer season.
  • Closed to stock
10/10/21
Three Lakes to Skyline Trail Jct. Three Lakes to jct. Elip Creek Connector Trail 2.9 miles

3200' to 4000'
  • Trail has overgrown sections. 4 trees down across the trail, 1 of which can be difficult to get over/around. Expect minor route-finding through the meadowed areas.
  • Closed to stock
10/10/21
Skyline Primitive Trail Elip Creek Trail via Kimta Peak to North Fork Quinault Trail 20.1 miles

3350' to 5400'
  • Streams available near Kimta Burn and at Kimta Peak campsite
  • No water sources between Kimta Peak and Three Prune
  • Expert route finding/navigational skills recommended. This route is strenuous with frequent elevation gain & loss
  • Bear canisters are required in most areas along this route due to a lack of good trees for hanging food and a large bear population
  • Closed to stock
10/10/21
Elip Creek Connector Trail Jct. North Fork Quinault River Trail to jct. Skyline Trail 4.6 miles

1000' to 3350'
  • 28 trees down across the trail, largest of which is 2' in diameter
  • Elip Creek no longer has a bear wire; bear canister recommended. The privy is across the creek from the campsites
  • Closed to stock
10/10/21
Martins Park/Lakes Primitive Trail Jct. Elwha River to Martins Lakes 2.4 miles

3600' to 4500'
  • Trail is snow free
  • Several trees down across the trail, the largest of which is 3 feet in diameter and is somewhat difficult to get over/around
10/10/21
North Fork Quinault River Trail Trailhead to Lake Margaret 16.5 miles
  • 21 trees up to 36" in diameter are down across the trail between trailhead and Low Divide
  • Wild Rose Creek & Elip Creek must be forded & can typically be knee deep during normal summer conditions
  • There is no longer a bear wire at Elip Creek; bear canister recommended
  • *Wild Rose Creek, Elip Creek & the Quinault River ford south of Sixteen Mile camp may become impassable during heavy precipitation & snowmelt
10/10/21
East Fork Quinault River Trail Trailhead to Anderson Pass 18.2 miles

646' to 4465'
  • The trail has been cleared of downed trees between the trailhead & Enchanted Valley. The trail is currently not stock passable due to a 20" tree down near Pony Bridge.
  • White Creek, below the O'Neil Pass Jct., must be forded & can be hazardous when it is swift and knee-thigh deep during times of heavy rain or hot afternoons when the higher elevation snow is still melting.
  • All food and scented items must be stored in bear canisters in the Enchanted Valley area (between Pyrites Creek campsites - O'Neil Pass Trail Jct.)
  • Enchanted Valley has a large population of bears; stay a minimum of 50 yards away from park wildlife
  • **The Hart Lake and Lacrosse Lake Cutoff Routes may appear on some GPS devices/maps, but these are not trails. Hikers attempting these routes should expect cross-country conditions with steep/brushy slopes, loose rocks and no signage**
10/10/21

Queets Area Notices:
  • Caution: The Queets River ford can be hazardous at any time of the year
Trail Name Description Mileage & Elevation Conditions Updated
Queets River Trail Trailhead to Pelton Creek 16.2 miles

360' to 800'
  • No recent reports for beyond Spruce Bottom campsite
  • Trail clear of downed trees to Spruce Bottom
  • There is a washout 0.3 miles west of Bob Creek, about 200 yards long with a bypass by the river
  • Trail past Bob Creek is difficult to follow due to the 2015 Paradise Fire and numerous downed trees. Route finding/navigational skills recommended. Camping past Bob Creek is not recommended due to standing dead trees
  • Trail is stock passable at least up to Spruce Bottom campsite, but unconfirmed beyond
  • Fording the Queets River Can be dangerous. For river levels, visit Queets Stream Flow. The river is generally fordable when the flow (measured at Hwy 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 & spring.
  • **Avoid fording the Queets River if the weather forecast calls for rain**. River flow can become unfordable within a few hours of heavy rain causing hikers to be caught on the upriver side
8/20/21
Lower Crossing Route Queets River Trail at Spruce Bottom to Smith Place 2.1 miles

400' to 500'
No recent reports 8/20/21
Sam's River Loop Loop Trail from Queets Trailhead to Ranger Station 2.8 miles No recent reports 8/20/21
Upper Crossing Route Queets River Trail to Smith Place 0.3 miles

No elevation gain
No recent reports 8/20/21



Staircase Area Notices:

  • Bear canisters are required for camping at Enchanted Valley from above Pyrites Creek until the O'Neil Pass Jct.
Trail Name Description Mileage & Elevation Conditions Updated
North Fork Skokomish River Trail Trailhead to First Divide 12.5 mi

785' to 4688'
  • Eight 2+ diameter trees down across the trail between 9 Stream & First Divide
  • 9 Stream Ford can be deep and swift especially during times of high snow melt or heavy rains
  • There is a wash-out section of trail prior to Camp Pleasant; expect a minor route-finding challenge through this section.
  • Flapjack Lakes is a quota area
8/27/21
Staircase Rapids Loop Trail Trailhead to Jct. with Four Stream Trail 2.1 miles

785' to 800'
  • Cleared/brushed and in good condition
8/27/21
Wagonwheel Lake Trail Trailhead to Wagonwheel Lake 2.8 miles

785' to 4150'
  • No recent report
  • Very steep trail with limited water sources - 2.9 miles/3200' elevation gain
  • Closed to stock
8/27/21
Home Sweet Home Trail First Divide to Duckabush River Trail Jct. via Home Sweet Home 2.6 miles

4688' to 2695'
  • There are several trees down between Home Sweet Home and the Duckabush River
8/27/21
Four Stream Trail Jct. Staircase Rapids Loop 1.2 miles
  • No recent report
8/27/21
Flapjack Lakes Trail Jct. North Fork Skokomish River Trail to & including Flapjack Lakes 4.0 miles

1490' to 3900'
  • Five 3' diameter trees across the trail
  • Flapjack Lakes is a quota area
  • Closed to stock
8/27/21
Upper Lena Lake Trail Park Boundary to Upper Lena Lake
  • The Lena Creek ford can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and seasonal snow melt.
  • No camping within 0.24 mile of Scout Lake
  • Upper Lena Lake is a quota area
  • Closed to stock
8/27/21
Gladys Divide Primitive Trail Flapjack Lakes to Gladys Divide 1.4 miles

3900' to 5050'
  • No recent report
  • Closed to stock
  • Bear canisters recommended above Flapjack Lakes; hanging food properly is difficult in this area
8/27/21
Black & White Lakes Primitive Trail Jct. North Fork Skokomish River Trail at Big Log to Black & White Lakes, Smith Lake Jct. 2.5 miles

1500' to 4400'
  • Snow free, no trees down
  • Expect brushy, unmaintained conditions
  • There are no water sources on this steep trail
  • Closed to stock
  • Trees in this area are inadequate for food-hanging; bear canisters required when food cannot be hung at least 12' high and 10' out from the nearest tree truck
8/27/21
Black & White, Smith Lake Trail Jct. Flapjack Lakes Trail, through Black & White Lakes, including Smith Lake 2.2 miles

3500' to 4400' to 3950'
  • No recent report
  • Trail is brushy and narrow in places with several streams that require rock hopping or getting your feet wet
  • Steep and rocky trail from Black & White Lakes to Smith Lake
  • Closed to stock
8/27/21
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 jct.; hikers are sometimes misled by numerous game trails. Navigational skills recommended. Look for orange blazes, cairns, flagging & cut logs
  • No water sources between Belview and Seven Stream
8/27/21
Putvin Primitive Trail (Lake of the Angels) Park boundary to Lake of the Angels 0.6 miles; 3 additional outside park boundary

1580' to 4900'
  • Four trees down from trailhead to lake. Trail is muddy, wet, brushy & steep
  • One section of the trail, known as the "headwall", is a scramble and requires the use of hands and feet.
  • Trees in this area are inadequate for food-hanging; bear canisters are required when food cannot be hung at least 12' high and 10' out from the nearest tree trunk
  • Closed to stock
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Duckabush River Trail Park boundary to Jct. of Home Sweet Home & O'Neil Pass Trails
  • This trail is very brushy and hard to see at times. There are 85 trees down across the trail between the park boundary and Ten Mile camp.
  • Ten Mile to Upper Duckabush Ford: 30 trees down, most larger than 20" in diameter
  • The Upper Duckabush ford can be hazardous during heavy precipitation and/or during early season snow melt
  • 10 Mile privy has been destroyed
  • *While the Hart Lake Cutoff and Lacrosse Lake Cutoff Routes may appear on some GPS devices and maps, these are not trails. Hikers attempting to complete these routes should expect cross-country hiking conditions
  • Ten-Mile bear wire is down. Be prepared to use a park-approved bear canister or hang your food 12 ft. high and 10 ft. out.
  • Marmot Lake bear wires are down. Bear canisters are required since the trees in this area are inadequate for food hanging.
  • Not stock passable as of 7/4/15. Stock highlines are down
8/27/21


Dosewallips Area Notices:

  • Bear canisters are required camping at Enchanted Valley from above Pyrites Creek until the O'Neil Pass Jct.
  • The Dosewallips Rd. is washed out east of the Dosewallips Campground adding 6.5 miles of hiking to your trip
Trail Name Description Mileage & Elevation Conditions Updated
Lake Constance Route Trailhead at Dosewallips Rd. to Lake Constance 2 miles

1500' to 4700'
  • Fires are always prohibited at Lake Constance
  • The route is extremely steep climbing 3,200 ft. in ~2 miles & requires scrambling in sections. The trail can be difficult to follow with several downed trees through the burned section
  • Vault toilet on the south side of the lake is closed; north composting toilet in rock field is operational
  • Closed to stock
  • Lake Constance is in a quota area
8/27/21
West Fork Dosewallips River Trail Dose Forks to Anderson Pass 9.0 miles

1600' to 4464'
  • There are some sections of overgrown trail in this section
  • 16 trees down across the trail, the largest of which is 3.5' in diameter
8/27/21
LaCrosse Pass Trail Jct. West Fork Dosewallips River Trail to Jct. Duckabush River Trail 6.4 miles

3600' to 5566'
  • Expect to encounter numerous trees down across the trail
8/27/21
Anderson Moraine Trail Jct. West Fork
Dosewallips River Trail to Jct. Duckabush River Trail
0.8 miles

4465' to 5200'
  • Trail snow free
8/27/21
Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail Dose Forks to Hayden Pass 11.3 miles

1736' to 5847'
  • Deception Creek bear wire is down. Be prepared to use a park-approved bear canister or hang your food 12 ft. high and 10 ft. out
8/27/21
Dosewallips River Trail Trailhead to Dose Forks 1.4 miles

1600' to 1736'
  • Trail is in good condition
8/27/21
Constance Pass Trail Jct. Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail to Park Boundary via Home Lake 7.8 miles

2182' to 5850'
  • No recent reports
  • No water source until about 0.5 mi. below Sunnybrook meadows. Above the meadows, trail tread is poor and failing in some of the rock-slide sections
  • Bear canisters are required for camping at Home Lake, Sunnybrook Meadows & the Constance Pass area since trees are not suitable for food hanging
  • Steep trail- not recommended for stock. Not stock accessible through Olympic National Forest at this time.
7/25/21
Lost Pass Primitive Trail Dose Meadow to Lost Pass 0.9 miles

4450' to 6200'
  • No recent reports
7/25/21
 
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Coastal Area Notices:
  • In alignment with the Makah Tribe's closure of the Makah Reservation and Ozette Reservation (located north of Cape Alava), the wilderness area north of Cape Alava, including Shi Shi Beach, remains closed to all park visitors until further notice.
  • Cannonball Island (Tskawahyah Island) is part of the Ozette Indian Reservation and is always closed to the public. Please respect this closure.
  • All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park approved Bear Canisters at all times along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast
  • Cryptosporidium and giardia exist in coastal streams and rivers. Always filter or boil water as Iodine is not an effective water. Some streams may contain saltwater at high tide
  • 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. Plan your trip in advance with a tide chart and topographic map with tidal markings
  • Ropes on overland trails are not installed or maintained by the National Park Service. Use at your own risk.
  • Storms can bring high wind and surf, storm surges, and beach and trail erosion. Always check tides, weather & road conditions.
  • Stock, wheeled devices, & pets are not allowed on coastal routes

North Coast:

Trail Name Description Mileage Conditions Updated
Shi-Shi to Cape Alava Beach Trail Makah Reservation Trailhead to Cape Alava 14.3 miles
  • This trail is currently not accessible. Access to this trailhead is via the Makah Indian Reservation which remains closed at this time
  • No recent reports
  • Headland routes are often muddy, brushy & slick. Headland markers/targets can sometimes be obscured by vegetation or fall down
  • The north toilet is located at the south end of the wooded campsites at the park boundary, the center toilet is located behind the large Petroleum Creek campsite & the south toilet is in the forest north of Willoughby Creek
  • Ozette River ford can be hazardous at high tide and/or after heavy rain. It is recommended to ford when the tide is below 2 ft.
12/23/20
Ozette Triangle Loop including Ozette Ranger Station, Cape Alava & Sand Point 9 miles
  • Trail is in good condition
  • Wedding Rocks camp area does not have a steady water source. The closest water source is the creek near Cape Alava
10/6/21
Sand Point to Rialto Beach Sand Point camp area south to Rialto Beach Parking Lot 17.3 miles
  • Trail is in good condition
  • Note that there are many tidal restrictions along this section of the coast that require advanced planning with a tide chart
10/6/21



South Coast:

Trail Name Description Mileage Conditions Updated
Second Beach Trail Trailhead to Second Beach 0.7 miles
  • The trail and beach logs can be slippery/muddy and difficult to travel on with precipitation
  • The first toilet is on the north end of the beach & can be accessed from the main trail. Look for orange flagging
7/29/21
Third Beach Trail Trailhead to Third Beach 1.4 miles
  • Trail is in good condition with no downed trees until the beach. There are many beach logs to cross upon getting to the coast. Check the marine forecast for potential ocean swells.
7/29/21
South Coast Beach Route Third Beach to Oil City 15.3 miles
  • **Caution** Diamond Rock has a tidal restriction of 2 ft. located ~1.5 miles north of the Oil City Trailhead. Trips that travel through this area require advanced planning with tide charts. At times of high tide, this section can be impassable for numerous days in a row
  • There are no main water sources between Scott Creek & Jackson Creek (located just south of Toleak Point) making for a 2.5 mile dry section
  • Always use the Taylor Point, Third Beach & Scott Bluff overland trails- travel on the beach around these are impossible
  • The overland routes at Third Beach & Scott Bluff are steep/exposed. Rope & ladders are up to assist hikers but are not maintained by the park
  • The overland trail between Mosquito Creek & Hoh Head is brushy, slippery & has a lot of downed trees
  • Camping at Jefferson Cove may not be possible during high tide
  • During the winter, traveling south of Third Beach is only recommended for experienced backpackers due to high streamflow, navigating the bluffs and deep muddy sections. Stream crossings at Goodman & Mosquito Creek can be difficult even during low tides
7/29/21
Oil City Trail Hoh River Bank to Trailhead at Oil City 0.6 miles
  • Campsites are limited on the coast at the mouth of the Hoh River
  • Trail is slightly brushy but in good condition. 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. Plan ahead by checking tide charts and the weather forecast.
7/29/21

Last updated: October 10, 2021

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