Trail Conditions

Wilderness is wild. These reports are updated as reported from visitors and staff. They may not reflect the conditions you find in the field. Conditions can change very quickly in this wilderness park.

Please email us your trail report. Olympic National Forest trail conditions

Trail Areas


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General Notices:

  • For more updates, always check weather & road conditions.
  • Due to staffing levels, self-registration permits may not be available at remote self-registration boxes.
  • Hayden Pass Trail is not recommended for travel due to hazardous conditions resulting from the Hayes River Fire.
  • Mountain goats can be dangerous. Mountain goats are not native to the Olympics and often aggressively pursue visitors to obtain salt from urine and sweat. Stay at least 50 yards away. Watch "Hiking Safely With Goats" and read "Goats and Your Safety."
  • Visitors have left hundreds of piles of human feces unburied on sand and in the woods near campsites on the coast and in other areas of the park. DON'T BE A "SURFACE POOPER"!! Walk at least 70 steps (200 feet) away from water, trails, and camp, dig a hole 8 inches deep in soil, and bury your human waste. Take your toilet paper with you in a sealed plastic bag. ALWAYS use toilets when available.
  • Olympic National Forest road conditions page

Please check trail conditions below for specific information about the area you plan to visit.


Southeast Trails

Staircase Area Notices:

  • Always check weather & road conditions.
  • Bear canisters are Required for camping at Enchanted Valley from above Pyrites Creek to the O'Neil Pass Junction.

Staircase Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation

Conditions

Updated

North Fork Skokomish River Trail

Trailhead to First Divide

12.5 miles

785' to 4688'

Logs to cross or wet xing at Nine Stream, use discretion.Visitor report some snow travel (as low as 3800 ft) and trees down between Two Bear and 1st D and down to HSH.

Trail washed out by a stream between Big Log and Camp Pleasant

Mtn Goats have been reported in the Big Log area. Watch "Hiking Safely With Goats" and read "Goats and Your Safety."

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

Reservations required for camping at Flapjack Lakes.

7/10/18

Staircase Rapids Loop Trail

Trailhead to Jct. with Four Stream Trail

2.1 miles

785' to 800'

Trail in good condition. Trail crew fixed bridge on Shady Lane 6/24/18

7/10/18

Wagonwheel Lake Trail

Trailhead to & including Wagonwheel Lake

2.8 miles

785' to 4150'

Snow free. Last half mile brushy and sloping. One 30" tree about a mile before the lake.

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

Closed to stock.

7/10/18

Home Sweet Home Trail

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

2.6 miles

4688' to 2695'
As of 6/22/2018, snow between HSH and 1st D; some logs to cross 7/10/18
Four Stream Trail Jct. Staircase Rapids Loop Trail to Four Stream

1.2 miles

900' to 1000'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.
7/10/18

Flapjack Lakes Trail

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

4.0 miles

1490' to 3900'

Trail crew cleared trail up to lakes. Visitor reported bear activity 6/24/18.

Visit the Reservations page for information about making camping reservations for this reservations-only area.

7/6/18

Upper Lena Lake Trail

Park Boundary to & including Upper Lena Lake

2.8 miles

700' to 4550'

As of 6/29/2018, visitor reports the trail is difficult to follow, multiple trees down, brushy, lake is 2/3rd covered in snow. Westside campsites snow covered.

The Lena Creek ford can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and seasonal snow melt. Plan to get your feet wet.

No camping within 0.25 mile of Scout Lake.

Visit the Reservations page for information about making camping reservations for this reservations-only area.

Closed to stock.

7/10/18

Gladys Divide Primitive Trail

Flapjack Lakes to Gladys Divide

1.4 miles

3900' to 5050'

Minor snow travel en route to Divide

Closed to stock.

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

7/6/18

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'

Brushy, not maintained. Be prepared for winter conditions.

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.

7/10/18

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. Be prepared for winter conditions.
As of 11/25/17:
3 down trees from Flapjack Lakes Jnct. to Black and White Lakes.

3 down trees from Black and White Lakes to Smith Lake.

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

Closed to stock.
7/10/18

Six Ridge Primitive Trail

Jct. Sundown Lake Trail to North Fork Skokomish River Trail

10.6 miles

4650' to 1500'

No recent report. Be prepared for winter conditions.
As of 11/25/17:
Dozens of down trees between Sundown Pass Junction to Graves Creek TH.
Two 30-50 ft wide gullies north of Sucess Creek. Visitor reports them as passable.

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. Good map and compass skills and route-finding skills are necessary.

No water sources between Belview and Seven Stream.

7/10/18

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'

Snow looks to be 25% cover at LOA.

Trail is most likely snow free by this point.

Closed to stock.

7/8/18

Duckabush River Trail

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

11.0 miles

440' to 2695'

As of 6/25/2018, clear of snow at least to 10 mile. Around thirty 18"-36" trees down on trail from park entrance to 10 mile, most are easily passable. 10 Mile privy has been destroyed, and the bear wire is unusable. There is a washout 1/2 mile east of 10 mile camp that may be difficult for less agile backpackers to pass. An older washout exists around mile 7.5, which is easy to pass. Trail is not passable to stock.

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

Ten-Mile bear wire is down.

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

7/10/2018


Dosewallips Area Notices:

  • Hayden Pass Trail is not recommended from Dose Meadows to Hayes River Ranger Station due to damage from the Hayes Fire.
  • Bear canisters are Required for camping at Enchanted Valley from above Pyrites Creek to the O'Neil Pass Junction.
  • Dosewallips Road is washed out 6.5 miles east of the Dosewallips Ranger Station and Campground; hikers can get around the washout using a trail.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.

Dosewallips Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation

Conditions

Updated

Lake Constance Trail

Trailhead at Dosewallips Road to Lake Constance

2.2 miles

1400' to

Fires prohibited at Lake Constance.

No snow on trail.
There is no longer a sign on the Dosewallips Road marking the trail.

Many trees down and the trail is difficult to follow.

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 6.5 miles east of the Dosewallips Ranger Station and Campground. Hikers can get around the washout using a trail.

Visit the Reservations page for information about making camping reservations at Lake Constance, which is a reservations-only area camping area.

7/10/18

West Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Anderson Pass

9.0 miles

1600' to 4464'

As of 6/24/2018, trail crew cleared to 4 miles.

The trail between Honeymoon Meadows and Diamond Meadows is in very bad shape, with many washouts, trees down, and cliffs over the trail, requiring hikers to go up the very steep side-hill slope to avoid them.

The crossing between Honeymoon and Diamond Meadows can be dangerous at high water levels. Visitor report 6/23/18 said log bridge past Diamond intact and usable.

Dosewallips Road is washed out 6.5 miles east of the Dosewallips Ranger Station and Campground. Hikers can get around the washout using a trail.

7/10/18

LaCrosse Pass Trail

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

6.4 miles

3600' to 5566'

No recent report. Be prepared for winter conditions.

In late summer there are no water sources along this trail.
As of 11/25/17, there are 15-20 down trees, most are easily passable.

7/10/18

Anderson Moraine Trail

Anderson Pass to Moraine

0.8 miles

4465' to 5200'

Visitors reporting Anderson Pass Jnct with E Fork Quinault trail melting out fast. Trek to the glacier overlook mostly snow free with one down tree.

7/10/18

Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Hayden Pass

11.3 miles

1736' to 5847'

Trail crew cleared up to Constance Pass jct 6/13/18. Visitor reports 12 down trees between Dose Campground and Greywolf trail junction. Snow was patchy beginning at Deception Creek and continuous at the junction with Greywolf trail junction.

The Hayden Pass Trail is not recommended for travel from Dose Meadows to Hayes River Ranger Station due to damage from the Hayes Fire. The risk of falling trees, rolling debris and resource damage due to off trail travel in recently burned areas.

Dosewallips Road is washed out 6.5 miles east of the Dosewallips Ranger Station and Campground. Hikers can get around the washout using a trail.

7/10/18

Dosewallips River Trail

Trailhead to Dose Forks

1.4 miles

1600' to 1736'

As of 6/13/2018, trail is free of down trees.

Dosewallips Road is washed out 6.5 miles east of the Dosewallips Ranger Station and Campground. Hikers can get around the washout using a trail.

7/10/18

Constance Pass Trail

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

7.8 miles

2182' to 5850'

As of 6/25/2018, Constance Pass is snow free. Sunnybrook camps (5000 ft) partially covered in snow. Trail clear of debris up to 3500 ft and then some passable logs after.

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 Olympic National Forest at this time.

7/10/18

Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Dose Meadow to Lost Pass

0.9 miles

4450' to 6200'

No recent report. Be prepared for winter conditions.

7/10/18


 

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'

Trail snow free from TH to Royal Lake. Group Site is messy with mud, rocks, and debris.
Left toilet closed. Right toilet now open after composting for one year.
Patchy/consistent snow in Upper Basin.

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

Closed to stock.

Beware of aggressive mountain goats. Goats have been frequenting campsites at Royal Lake and the Upper Basin. Read Goats and Your Safety. Watch this video called Hiking Safely With Goats.

Read the Reservations page for information about obtaining reservations for camping at this reservations-only camp area.
There is no longer a self-pay box for the NW Forest Pass

7/10/18


Three Forks Trail

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

4.3 miles

5400' to 2150'

No recent report.
Not passible to stock

7/10/18




Upper Gray Wolf River Trail

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

~ 14.6 miles

2050' to 6200' to 3550'

Washout on Lower Graywolf Trail. Upper Trail and Slab Camp Trail not accessible from Lower Graywolf Trailhead.

No recent report.
As of 8/22/17:
Multiple down trees from Park Boundary to Three Forks/Graywolf.

4 down trees between Three Forks/Graywolf and Camp Ellis. One trail washout between Camp Ellis and Falls Camp.
33 down trees from Falls Camp to Graywolf Pass.
32 down trees from Graywolf Pass to Dosewallips.

See USFS website for information on Lower Graywolf Trail

7/10/18

Cedar Lake Way Trail

Jct. Gray Wolf River Trail to & including Cedar Lake

2.1 miles

3900' to 5300'

No recent report. Be prepared for winter conditions.

Trail is difficult to navigate after creek crossing.

7/10/18

Cameron Creek Trail

Three Forks to jct. Grand Pass Trail

7.0 miles

2150' to 4200'

30 ft wide rock gully with steep entry and exit points on either side. Use extreme caution. As of 6/5/2018, visitor reports snow begins at junction with Grand Pass. Brushy trail, hard to follow.

7/10/18


Grand Valley/Grand Pass Trail

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

7.7 miles

6100' to 4750'
As of 6/24/2018, large snow fields from Obstruction Point Parking Lot out to Lillian Pass. Water on last 75' of trail leading toward Grand Lake campsites. On north side of pass patchy snow above Gladys Lake for ½ mile then once trail turns left/south then continuous snow (1-2ft) to Grand Pass. Ice axes and self arrest skills recommended during morning/early afternoon travel.

7/10/18


Cameron Pass Trail

Jct. Grand Pass Trail to Cameron Pass

3.6 miles

4150' to 6450'

Large snowfields on the north side of Cameron Pass. Snow travel/ice axes/self arrest skills recommended.

As of 11/25/17: 12 down trees between Cameron Pass and Grand Pass Jnct.
Trail is not obvious and is often hidden by brush. Trail is not easy to follow at creek crossings. Expert route finding and navigation skills required.


Bear canisters are required for Upper Cameron Basin.

Trail not recommended for stock due to steep grade.

7/10/18

Cameron-Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Cameron Pass to Lost Pass

1.9 miles

6200' to 6450'

Cameron Creek above the Grand Pass Trail Jct is overgrown/brushy with numberous down trees but nothing impassable. The trail all but disappears at the Cameron Creek crossing. Path picks up again on the south side of Cameron Creek. Cameron Basin is still holding snow with significant snow on the north side of Cameron Pass. Otherwise, overall trail is in good condition.

7/6/18

Deer Ridge Trail

Boundary to jct. Three Forks Trail

1.5 miles

2550' to 5400'

As of 5/9/2018, visitor reports seven downed trees from Slab Camp to park boundary. One down tree from park boundary to Deer Park. Trail is almost snow free except for large fields at Deer Park. Snow is soft so post holing is a factor.

Not passable for stock.

7/10/18

Badger Valley Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point via Badger Valley to jct. Grand Lake Trail

4.7 miles

6100' to 4000'

As of 6/24/2018, trail snow free from Grand Lake until get to final 1/3 mile nearest Obstruction Point parking lot then about 1 ft of snow on trail. Badger Valley Headwall has patchy but steep snow fields.

As of 11/25/17, the footlog crossing Grand Creek just above Badger Valley campsites is tilted about 10-15 degrees making the crossing uncomfortable for some visitors. 15 down trees.

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

7/10/18

Elk Mountain Primitive Trail

Elk Mountain to jct. Badger Valley Trail

1.3 miles

6650' to 5600'

No recent report. Be prepared for winter conditions.

Not recommended for stock.

7/10/18

Obstruction Point to Deer Park Trail

Obstruction Point to Deer Park

7.4 miles

6100' to 5400'

Visitor reports snow free from Deer Park to Maiden Peak.

Beware of goats frequenting this area. Stay at least 50 yards away from goats by yelling, waving coats, and throwing rocks. Read Goats and Your Safety and watch Hiking Safely with Goats for more information.

There are no water sources on this trail.

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

Not recommended for stock.

7/10/18

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.

7/10/18

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.

7/10/18

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'

As of 6/24/2018, trail clear of snow and down trees. Lake melted out. Trail snow free until 5,200 ft elevation. Trail 60-70% snow covered (~1ft) up to Klahane Ridge. From Klahane Ridge to Switchback Trail jnct, ten percent (10%) of trail covered with snow patches and snow fields. Snow melting unevenly and some snow on steep slopes.

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 or watch the video Hiking Safely With Goats for more information.

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

Bear canisters recommended for food storage.

7/10/18

Heather Park Trail

Trailhead via Heather Park to jct. Switchback Trail

6.2 miles

1850' to 6000'

As of 6/24/2018, first 300 yds of trail as drop into Ennis Creek drainage is snow covered (~1ft deep) on moderate slope. Trail tread for first mile up to pass between Ennis Creek and Little River drainages in poor condition.

A few hundred yards after cross over pass into Little River drainage there is a 75ft long snow field on a very steep slope with a long runoff. Ice axes, crampons, and self arrest skills recommended. ¼ mile after crossing over pass into Little River Drainage there are two rock chutes that have experienced heavy erosion.

Small remnant patches of snow (1-2ft deep) on trail from Heather Park up to pass leading into Little River drainage. Trail clear of snow and down trees from Heather Park to trailhead.

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 and Hiking Safely with Goats for more information.

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

Not recommended for stock.

7/10/18


Switchback Trail

Trailhead to jct. of Lake Angeles & Heather Park Trails

1.6 miles

4400' to 5900'

As of 6/24/2018, visitor reports clear of snow and downed trees all the way to Victor Pass. Snow begins a quarter mile past the pass on the Lake Angeles trail. Snow appears to be 4 to 6 feet deep on the ridge

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 and watch Hiking Safely With Goats for more information.

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

7/10/18


Hurricane Ridge to Switchback

Trail

Jct. High Ridge Nature Trail to jct. Switchback Trail

2.8 miles

5300' to 5100'

As of 6/5/2018, snowy near the Hurricane Ridge parking lot and snow along a steep slope ~ 1 mile from parking lot. Patchy snow throughout.

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.

7/10/18

Wolf Creek Trail

Whiskey Bend Rd. to Hurricane Hill Picnic Area

8.1 miles

1198' to 5100'

A couple of down trees. Snow free.

Not stock passable to Whiskey Bend.

7/10/18


Little River Trail

Boundary to Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

6.8 miles

1000' to 5100'

From July 2 through late October, Hurricane Hill Trail will be under construction and closed periodically. Check the project page for status info.

As of 6/8/2018, continuous snow at 4500 ft. Trail free of trees from TH at Little River Road to 4 miles up
Route finding difficult at the 7th stream crossing (starting from Hurricane Hill).

Stock user reports dangerous location for stock 1/2 mile past first footlog: slide prevents stock users from moving forward on trail and backward on trail if already at the slide. Stock users advised to not go past first footlog.

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

7/10/18


Elwha to Hurricane Hill Trail

Whiskey Bend Road to jct. Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

5.8 miles

400' to 5650'

From July 2 through late October, Hurricane Hill Trail will be under construction and closed periodically. Check the project page for status info.

No recent report.

8/22/2017 -18 down trees between Elwha Trailhead and Elwha Overlook. Some are large (2-3 feet in diameter). There is a tangle of small alders across the trail before the No Campfires Sign. Trail is snow free.

Not stock passable.

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.

7/10/18


Heart O' the Forest Trail

Heart O' the Hills Campground to park boundary

2.3 miles

1900' to 1400'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

7/10/18

Elwha Area Notices:

  • Due to significant flood damage/road washout the Elwha area is closed to vehicle access beyond the Madison Falls parking area. From that point, it is 6.5 miles to the Whiskey Bend Trailhead and nearly 8 miles to the Boulder Creek Trailhead via the temporary access trail which bypasses the road washout.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.
  • The Hayden Pass Trail is not recommended for travel from Dose Meadows to Hayes River Ranger Station due to damage from the Hayes Fire. The risk of falling trees, rolling debris and resource damage due to off trail travel in recently burned areas.
  • 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'

Visitors report wasp nest 1 mile up trail.

As of 4/12/2018, visitor reports 5 down trees.
Closed to stock.

8/5/18

Elwha River Trail

Whiskey Bend to Lake Margaret

27.7 miles

1198' to 3650'

No down trees from trailhead to Hayes River. As of 4/12/18, There is a small rock, woody debris slide on the south side of the Lillian River grade. There is no snow in the Elkhorn area, scattered snow begins near Hayes River area.

The Hayden Pass Trail is not recommended for travel from Dose Meadows to Hayes River Ranger Station due to damage from the Hayes Fire. The risk of falling trees, rolling debris and resource damage due to off trail travel in recently burned areas.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

As of summer 2017:
3 down trees between Hayes River and Camp Wilder. 18 down trees between Camp Wilder and Chicago Camp. 13 down trees between Chicago Camp and Low Divide.

3 washouts/eroded trail sections between Chicago Camp and Low Divide, all passable.

Trail is snow free.


Trail washout just past Hayes River bridge is unstable but passable.

7/10/18

Humes Ranch Loop

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

4.3 miles

1198' to 900'

As of 3/2018, visitor reports trail from Humes Ranch to Elwha Bridge has 5 down trees and a 30 ft washout. No recent report on the other portions of the loop.

Bear wires are located near the meadow below Humes Cabin.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

7/10/18

Lillian River Trail

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

2.5 miles

1600' to 2650'

No recent report.

As of 8/22/2017, there are 40 down trees. Very brushy and difficult to navigate in places.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

7/10/18

Hayden Pass Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail to Hayden Pass

8.4 miles

1800' to 5847'

Trail is passable with minor risk of falling debris from Hayden Fire of 2016. Plenty of down trees/debris to step over on trail but all easily bypassed. One difficult gully to get in and out of about 1.5 miles west of the pass. Trail crew currently working in the area. North/east side basin still holding some snow, but trail is visible and easy to follow.

The Hayden Pass Trail is not recommended for travel from Dose Meadows to Hayes River Ranger Station due to damage from the Hayes Fire. The risk of falling trees, rolling debris and resource damage due to off trail travel in recently burned areas.

Not stock passable.

7/6/18

Long Ridge Trail

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

10.5 miles
900' to 5753'

As of 4/1/2018, visitor reports 8 down trees within the first 2 miles. No reports beyond that point. Be prepared for winter conditions.

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

7/10/18

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. Be prepared for winter conditions.
Trail is mostly difficult to navigate through the meadows/bogs close to the river. The rest of the trail has a couple of washouts and down trees but not hard to follow.


A visitor reports that the ford at Remann's Cabin is managebale at this time. Conditions can change at any time due to rain and precipitation.

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.

7/10/18

Elwha Basin Way Trail

Happy Hollow to Elwha Basin

2.4 miles

2300' to 2600'

No recent report. Be prepared for winter conditions. As of 6/22/2017, there are 45 down trees. Trail is difficult to follow in places. River is difficult to cross.

7/10/18

Happy Hollow Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail @ Chicago Camp to Happy Hollow

0.7 miles

2100' to 2300'

No recent report. As of 6/7/2017, there are12 down trees, a couple of washouts, and it is very brushy.

This is a primitive trail and is not maintained.

7/10/18

West Elwha Trail

Altair Campground to Herrick Road

3.0 miles

390' to 600'

As of 6/25/2018, visitor reports 15 down trees. The bridge over Hughes Creek reported to be unstable.

7/10/18

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 report. Expect downed trees.

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.

7/10/18

Boulder Creek Trail Trailhead to Olympic Hot Springs 2.5 miles

1800' to 2061'

No recent report.

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

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

7/10/18
Boulder Lake Trail Olympic Hot Springs to Boulder Lake 3.5 miles 2061' to 4300'

No recent report.

7/10/18
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Boulder Lake Trail to Appleton Pass 4.6 miles

Visitor reports south side of the pass snow free ; lingering snow fields on north side of the pass. Segments of brushy trail from the pass to junction with Boulder Creek can make navigating difficult. A few down trees.

7/10/18
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.

7/10/18

Smokey Bottom Trail

West Lake Mills Abutment TH to Boulder Creek

1.9 miles

600' to 620'

No recent report.

7/10/18




 

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'

As of 5/17/2018, trail is in good condition, no down trees.

Caution: Trail end sign is missing. Route is exposed and steep with loose rock. If visitors have placed ropes on this route, they are neither installed nor maintained by NPS and may be unsafe.

Closed to stock.

Fires are prohibited along this trail and at the summit.

7/10/18

Barnes Creek Trail

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

800' to 2000'
Trail free of down trees from trailhead to 2 miles. No report past 2 miles. 7/10/18

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. Lizard Head creek can be difficult to cross.

Closed to stock.

7/10/18

Aurora Divide Trail

Barnes Creek Trail to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail

3.6 miles

500' to 2000'

No recent report.

As of 8/22/17 18 trees down. Trail is hard to follow in some places.
7/10/18

Aurora Creek Trail

Trailhead (HWY 101) to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail

3.4 miles

500' to 4200'

Visitor reports 22 trees over the trail in 3.4 miles

Closed to stock.

7/10/18

Aurora Ridge Trail

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

As of 6/24/2018, visitor reports no trees down between trailhead and Eagle Lakes jnct. Over 100 trees down between Eagle Lakes and Aurora Divide junction. Trail overgrown, very difficult to follow E of Aurora Spring.

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.

7/10/18

Pyramid Peak Trail

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

As of 5/21/2018, 2 down trees. The trail through the slide area may not be passable for some groups; sections of the trail through the slide are as narrow as <1 foot and might be challenging if wet.

Trail is currently not passable to stock.

7/10/18

Spruce Railroad Trail

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

4.0 miles

Entire length of Spruce Railroad Trail now accessible until next phase of work begins in September 2018. Parking for the trail on Camp David Jr. Road is located at the North Shore Picnic Area.

Watch out for poison oak.

7/10/18

Sol Duc Area Notices:

  • The Sol Duc Road can close during the winter season. Always check the weather & road conditions for current status.
  • Obtain Wilderness Camping Permits at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles. Reservations are required around the Seven Lakes Basin loop.
  • Stay at least 50 yards away from the animals and store all food properly.
  • All food, garbage, beverages 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 Sol Duc (mile 6.3) 9.3 miles
1600' to 2800'

No recent report. Trail is brushy and impassable to stock.

The North Fork Sol Duc 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.

7/10/18
Sol Duc River Trail Trailhead to jct. High Divide Trail

8.4 miles

1900' to 4800'

Trail snow and deadfall free to Sol Duc Park. Stream at SDP requires fording to shin-deep. Downed tree en route to Heart Lake can be stepped over. Lower campsite at Lower Bridge Creek still snow-covered/flooded. Sites at Heart Lake all melted, trail beyond Heart Lake becomes slushy 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.

7/10/18
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Sol Duc River Trail to Appleton Pass 2.6 miles
3000' to 5100'

Visitor reports south side of the pass snow free ; lingering snow fields on north side of the pass. Segments of brushy trail from the pass to junction with Boulder Creek can make navigating difficult. A few 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.

7/10/18
High Divide Trail Jct. Deer Lake & Little Divide Trails to jct. Cat Basin Trail 7.8 miles
3600' to 4500'

Half snow, half melted between Heart Lake and Potholes. Snow is slushy with good steps kicked; Above Potholes, its ambiguous where the trail goes under the snow - when it gains the ridge is more clear. Large downfall on ridge above potholes where trail is on S aspect. Switchbacks W of Bogachiel peak are being shortcut, debris piled on shortcut should dissuade hikers. Two sections of snow with bad fall consequence E of Bogachiel Peak, good steps kicked but poles are helpful. Heart Lake Junction site is snow-covered/flooded.

Please use toilets where available.

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.
7/10/18
Cat Basin Primitive Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to Cat Basin 0.6 miles
5050' to 4300'

Snow from Heart Lake Junction and continues at least a mile E of junctiion.

Snow travel/snow camping skills/route finding skills are recommended. Trail is primitive and can be hard to find at times.

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

7/10/18
Lunch Lake Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to & including Lunch Lake 0.6 miles
4800' to 4450'

Half covered by slushy snow, trekking poles helpful for balance. Lunch and Round Lakes mostly melted around.

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

7/10/18
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'

Trail in good condition.

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

7/10/18
Mink Lake Trail Trailhead (Sol Duc Resort) to jct. Bogachiel River & Little Divide Trails 4.3 miles
1643' to 4130'

No recent report.
As of 5/24/2018, trail snow free to lake. Campsites snow free though ground is moist and few patches of snow around lake. Snow at 3,700 ft elev about 1 mile above lake. Trail snow covered (2-6 ft deep) all the way to Little Divide intersection

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

7/10/18
Lover's Lane Trail Jct. Mink Lake Trail to jct. Deer Lake Trail 2.9 miles
1643' to 2000'

As of 5/11/2018, trail is dry and in good shape. No down trees.

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.

7/10/18
Little Divide Trail Jct. Bogachiel River & Mink Lake Trails to jct. Deer Lake & High Divide Trails 3.5 miles
4130' to 3600'

No recent report.
As of 5/24/2018, trail is snow free when in the trees but buried under 1-3ft snow when crosses the two meadows. Routefinding/orienteering skills necessary. 13 trees down.

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.

7/10/18

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'

Overall trail is in good condition. 10 down trees, all fairly easy to bypass. No signage at the trailhead.

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

Not recommended for stock.

7/10/18
Bogachiel River Trail Boundary to jct. Mink Lake & Little Divide Trails 21.6 miles
400' to 4130'

The Undie Road is open to the trailhead using a by-pass road to get around a wash out.

Visitor reports 2 washouts from the trailhead to the park boundary but passable. Visitor reports minimal down trees along trail until Flapjack, and 4 down trees between Flapjack and 15 mile.

There are two washouts before Park boundary (USFS) between miles 1 and 1.5. Impassable to stock. Use caution on washouts and other areas undercut by river.

As of 11/25/17:

A new washout/landslide was reported above Flapjack that is reported to be unstable and hazardous to pass.

40 down trees from Fifteen Mile Camp to Little Divide.

Trail is currently not passable to stock.

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.

7/10/18
South Snider-Jackson Trail Jct. Bogachiel River South Bank Trail to Hoh Road 10.0 miles
560' to 3200'

No recent report.

As of 7/25/2017, the trail has been cleared the first 3 miles from the Hoh side. Over 100 down trees from there to the Bogachiel.

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.

7/10/18
Hoh River Trail Trailhead to Glacier Meadows 17.5 miles
600' to 5000'

Trail is clear of down trees, dry, and in good condition.
Clear of down trees all the way to Glacier Meadows. Water sources are abundant. 2 washouts between Elk Lake and avy chute, passable for the average hiker. Avy ladder is melted out and usable. Glacier Meadows essentially melted out, some campsites covered by deadfall - clearest campsites are against Jemrod Creek near the shelters.

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

The stock hitching post at 5 Mile Island has washed away. Trail is closed to stock (except llamas) beyond Elk Lake. See avalanche chute note above.

Campfires are not permitted at or above Elk Lake.

Visit the Reservations page for more information about obtaining reservations for Elk Lake and Glacier Meadows, which are reservations-only areas.

7/3/18
Mount Olympus Mount Olympus climbing routes Mileage varies

This is a technical mountaineering climb and should not be attempted by the average hiker. Technical gear and skills are extremely recommended.

Two negligible snowfields between Glacier Meadows and Moraine, can bypass the stream-undercut snow on trail. Lower Blue Glacier has substantial exposed ice, but no crevasses. Snow ramp to Snow Dome does not fully connect - some travel on rock is necessary. 4th of July route is impassable due to collapsed snow bridge at final bergschrund. There is a large crevasse opening immediately before Crystal Pass: currently (7/03) possible to cross a small snowbridge but caution and evaluation must be used, especially in warm conditions; severe fall consequences exist at this crevasse. The route may become impassable soon. The moat against the summit block presents much difficulty for transitioning to rock: ~3' wide, significant fall consequences, requires standing on overhanging snow.

There is NO blue bag deposit on the lateral moraine. Human waste must be carried out in blue bags or WAG bags. Climbers must bring WAG bags or pick them up with their permit at the Wilderness Information Center.

7/3/18
Hoh Lake Trail Hoh River Trail to jct with High Divide Trail 6.5 miles
948' to 5474'
Trail from junction with High Divide Trail has snow on steep and exposed slopes. 28 trees down from Hoh Valley up to CB Flats. 4 trees between CB Flats and Hoh Lake. 4 campsites snow free at Hoh Lake. Patchy snow on steep slopes from Hoh Lake to Bogachiel Peak intersection

Steep, exposed grade (no canopy) through 1978 burn. No water sources along this trail until C.B Flats.

Not stock passable.
7/6/18
South Fork Hoh River Trail Trailhead to end of maintained trail 4.2 miles
750' to 800'

As of 5/18/2018, trail is in great shape; No blowdowns or obstacles. A Discover Pass is required to park at this trailhead.

7/10/18
 

Southwest Trails

Quinault Area Notices:

  • Enchanted Valley - 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'

As of 6/10/2018, trail is clear of downed treees to Irely Lake. The trail is a bit brushy and overgrown in areas and, as usual, a bit damp and muddy.

Closed to stock.

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

7/10/18

Big Creek Trail

Irely Lake to & including Three Lakes 5.9 miles
600' to 3200'
Tread maintained and free of down trees.

Big Creek bridge has been removed, requiring a river ford.

Above Big Creek, a slide area is somewhat difficult to traverse. Several sections of down trees are challenging to get around.

Three Lakes reported to be very buggy.

Closed to stock.

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

7/5/18

Three Lakes Trail

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

Visitor reports 3 Lakes is clear of snow.

Closed to stock.

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

7/8/18

Skyline Primitive Trail

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

Visitor reports snow most likely begins at or above 3,500 ft. Significant snow from ~2 miles south of where trail crosses under Kimta Peak to just west of where trail crosses onto base of Mt. Seattle. Still plenty of trail but also plenty of snowfields. One small slide by stream crossing just west of Mt. Seattle, has exposure issues. Expert route finding/navigation skills recommended & snow travel/camping skills recommended.

As of 7/24/2017, 30+ down trees from Elip Creek trail to Low Divide. Slides near Seattle Creek and Lake Beauty are difficult to traverse.

Trail is difficult to follow between Kimta Peak and Seattle Creek due to brush, blowdowns, and game trails.

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.

7/8/18

Elip Creek Trail

Jct. North Fork Quinault River Trail to jct. Skyline Trail 4.6 miles
1000' to 3350'
As of 6/8/18, solid snow along the north side of the Elip Creek Trail ridge down to about 3000 ft & ending at 3000 ft level.

The Elip Creek Bear wire is damaged and requires a rope to use. Privy is across the creek from the campsites.

Closed to stock.
7/10/18

Martins Park/Lakes Primitive Trail

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

No recent report. Be prepared for winter conditions.

7/10/18

North Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Lake Margaret 16.5 miles

Campsites at Halfway House have washed away. Only 2 sites available at Elip Creek and the bear wire requires your own rope. 12 mile bear wire is down and the shelter is buried in gravel. Camping at 12 Mile is not recommended due to many hazard trees near the buried shelter; camping on the gravel bar 0.25 miles downriver from the old shelter is recommended.

Visitor reports on 5/29/2018 that there are a few down trees between the trailhead and Trapper, and 2-3 landslides (one @ 2,600') between Trapper and Low Divide.

16 Mile ford has been 2-3 feet deep.

Wild Rose Creek, Elip Creek and the river ford at Sixteen Mile Quinault River may become impassable due to heavy precipitation and snowmelt.

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

7/10/18

East Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Anderson Pass 18.2 miles
646' to 4465'
Trail clear for stock use up to Enchanted Valley.

Water sources are already starting to dry up. There is very little water between Fire Creek and No Name Creek.

There is a major trail washout about 1 mile beyond Enchanted Valley. The ground is unstable and it can fall into the river. Some visitors might not find this hazard to be passable due to unstable ground and/or potential river fords.

USE CAUTION! White Creek ford up to knee deep and swift. Patchy snow up to Anderson Pass. A few trees down.

All food (including scented, packaged, & dehydrated food), garbage, and scented items (including lip balm, sunscreen, alcohol, tobacco, etc.) must be stored in bear cans AT ALL TIMES in Enchanted Valley (between Pyrites Creek camp and the O'neil Pass Trail jct).

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

The emergency shelter at Enchanted Valley is closed.

Overnight hikers need to register at South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station.


7/10/2018


Queets Area Notices:

  • Caution: The Queets River ford can be hazardous at any time of the year.
  • 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'

As of 5/17/2018, visitor reports 50 down trees between trailhead and 12 miles. One trail washout within the first mile. Bypass around the .3 mile long washout (1.3 miles E of Coal Creek) is good.

The second washout is .3 miles west of Bob Creek, about 200 yards long with an easy bypass by the river.

The trail past Bob Creek is extremely difficult to follow due to damage from the 2015 Paradise Fire. Numerous down trees. Expert route finding and navigation skills required. Camping past Bob Creek is not recomended due to many dead standing trees.

Trail is currently not passable to stock due to many blow-downs.

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.

7/10/18

Lower Crossing Route

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

No recent report.

7/10/18

Sam's River Loop

Loop Trail from Queets Trailhead to Ranger Station and return

2.8 miles

No recent report. .
7/10/18

Upper Crossing Route

Queets River Trail to & including Smith Place 0.3 miles

No elevation gain.
No recent report. 7/10/18
 

Coastal Trails & Routes

Coastal Area Notices:

  • Self-registration boxes may be empty. Stop at WIC in Port Angeles or South Shore Quinault Ranger Station to obtain a Wilderness Camping Permit and bear canisters.Ozette Ranger Station does NOT issue permits or bear canisters.
  • 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. Canisters may be available for loan at the WIC in Port Angeles or the South Shore Quinault Ranger Station.
  • Visitors have left hundreds of piles of human feces unburied on the Coast and in other areas of the park. Walk at least 70 steps (200 feet) away from water, trails, and camp areas, dig a hole 8 inches deep in soil, and bury your human waste and toilet paper. ALWAYS use toilets when available.
  • Iodine is not sufficient for water treatment as it does not kill cryptosporidium. Boiling or filtering water water is recommended.
  • Storms can bring high wind and surf, storm surges, and beach and trail erosion.
  • 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 and topographic map with tidal markings and know how to use them.
  • Ropes on overland trails are not installed or maintained by the National Park Service. Use at your own risk.
  • Always check tides, 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

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 can be very muddy. As of 5/6/2018, headlands are mostly dry. 7 down trees on the first headland trail south of Point of the Arches. Headland trails may be difficult to spot from the beach due to vegetation obscuring targets or missing targets. Overland trails from S Ozette to Cape Alava are muddy/brushy.

All water sources flowing well. Chlorine and iodine do not effectively purify coastal water for human consumption.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

7/2/18

North Coast Beach Route

Sand Point to Rialto Beach Trailhead

17.2 miles

Privy at Chilean Memorial has been destroyed and there is limited space for burying human waste.

There is no target sign on the headland South of Cedar Creek (North side of the headland).

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

All water sources flowing well. Chlorine and iodine do not effectively purify coastal water for human consumption.

6/25/18

Ozette Loop Trail

Ozette Trailhead to Cape Alava, to Sand Point and return

9.3 miles

Use caution on boardwalks; they are very slippery when wet and some boards are missing.

Two down trees on the boardwalk trail from Sand Point to the Ozette Ranger Station.

There is 1 tree down on the access trail to Wish Creek.

The overland trails around Wedding Rocks have some missing and/or fallen down target signs.

Water is difficult to access at Sand Point. use the trail near the southern pit toilet to access water. Wish Creek is flowing very slow or is stagnant. Chlorine and iodine do not effectively purify coastal water for human consumption.

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 feet.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

6/25/18

Ericsons Bay Primitive Trail

South Sand Point Trailhead to Ericsons Bay

2.0 miles

As of 5/6/2018, Several down trees described as difficult to navigate around. The trail is muddy in places but generally easy to follow.

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.

7/10/18

South Coast

Trail Name

Description

Mileage

Conditions

Date

Second Beach Trail

Trailhead to Second Beach

0.7 miles

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

The first toilet is on the north end of the beach and can be accessed from the main trail. Look for orange flagging/tape indicating its location.

An additional toilet has been installed on the bluff behind a campsite ~200 yards south of trail's end. Look for orange flagging/tape indicating its location.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

7/10/18

Third Beach Trail

Trailhead to Third Beach

1.4 miles

Closed to stock.

Toilet is on the south side of the creek.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

6/25/18

South Coast Beach Route

Third Beach to Oil City

15.3 miles

Always use the Taylor Point Overland Trail. It is impossible to travel on the beach around Taylor 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. An est. 5' or less tide is advised.

4 downed trees on the Taylor Point and Scott's Bluff overland trails. Lots of mud on overland trails.

The overland trail (northbound) over Scott's Bluff is marked by a broken target sign and hanging buoy.

North toilet at Toleak Point is located midway behind the string of wooded campsites; south toilet is closed.

There is a new landslide between the Goodman Creek overland trail and Mosquito Creek that requires passing below a 6 ft tide.

The overland trail (soutbound) at Mosquito Creek is marked by a broken target sign and hanging buoy.

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. The trail currently has multiple downed trees, washouts, and eroded areas that are very difficult to pass.

The headland between Jefferson Cove and the mouth of the Hoh River requires a 2' or less tide to pass.

Camping at Jefferson Cove may not be possible during high tides or surf.

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.

7/10/18

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.

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.

7/10/18

Last updated: August 5, 2018

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