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


NEW!
  • There will be construction delays on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent starting in July 2017. More information.
  • The Mora Road and Rialto Beach access is closed for repair work for 4-6 weeks beginning at 7am May 17th, 2017. Rialto Beach is not accessible to vehicle or pedestrian traffic during construction.
 

General Notices:

  • Trails and campsites above 4,000 ft are usually covered in deep snow until early to mid July. Ice axes, good self-arrest skills and expert map and compass skills are a must for travel above 4,000 ft prior to melt out.
  • 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 remains Closed 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"!! YUCK!!! 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 and toilet paper. 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:

  • Bear canisters are Required for camping at Enchanted Valley from above Pyrites Creek to the O'Neil Pass Junction.
  • Always check weather & road conditions
  • Expect deep snow and ice at higher elevations. Proper snow travel gear along with route-finding and snow travel skills are essential. Northwest Avalanche Center

Staircase Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation

Conditions

Updated

North Fork Skokomish River Trail

Trailhead to First Divide

12.5 miles

785' to 4688'

4 down trees between trailhead and Big Log. Deep snow above 4,000 ft.

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.

6/8/17

Staircase Rapids Loop Trail

Trailhead to Jct. with Four Stream Trail

2.1 miles

785' to 800'

No recent report.

6/8/17
Wagonwheel Lake Trail

Trailhead to & including Wagonwheel Lake

2.8 miles

785' to 4150'

Snow starts at 3,900 ft.

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

Closed to stock.

6/8/17

Home Sweet Home Trail

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

2.6 miles

4688' to 2695'
No recent report. 6/8/17
Four Stream Trail Jct. Staircase Rapids Loop Trail to Four Stream

1.2 miles

900' to 1000'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.
6/8/17

Flapjack Lakes Trail

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

4.0 miles

1490' to 3900'

Snow level at 3,600 ft - around the junction to Black and White Lakes. 2 feet of snow at Flapjack Lakes.

Trail is clear of down trees to snowline.

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

6/7/17

Upper Lena Lake Trail

Park Boundary to & including Upper Lena Lake

2.8 miles

700' to 4550'

Snow starts at 3,500 ft. Some large trees on the trail. Expect deep snow and route finding problems.

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

No camping within 0.25 mile of Scout Lake.

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

Closed to stock.

5/22/17

Gladys Divide Primitive Trail

Flapjack Lakes to Gladys Divide

1.4 miles

3900' to 5050'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

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

6/8/17

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'

No recent report. Expect snow.

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.

6/8/17

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. Some trees down 100' past the Flapjack Lakes jct. that are difficult to navigate.

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

Closed to stock.
6/8/17

Six Ridge Primitive Trail

Jct. Sundown Lake Trail to North Fork Skokomish River Trail

10.6 miles

4650' to 1500'

No recent report. Trail is difficult to follow through several meadows between Six Ridge Pass and the Lake Success/Mt. Olson Trail junction; hikers may be misled onto numerous elk trails. Good map and compass skills and route-finding skills are necessary.

No water sources between Belview and Seven Stream.

6/8/17

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'

Trail starts at 4,400 ft. Trail is difficult to follow in several places.

Closed to stock.

6/11/17

Duckabush River Trail

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

11.0 miles

440' to 2695'

Visitors report a slide near Seven & Half Mile. Narrow trail tread in places near Ten-Mile Camp.

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.

5/7/17


Dosewallips Area Notices:

  • Hayden Pass Trail is closed 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 temporary trail.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.
  • Expect deep snow and ice at higher elevations. Proper snow travel gear along with route finding and snow travel skills are essential. For snow conditions please see the Northwest Avalanche Center

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.

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 from the trailhead. Hikers can get around the washout using a temporary trail.

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

6/24/17

West Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Anderson Pass

9.0 miles

1600' to 4464'

5-7 down trees between Dose Forks and Big Timber.

12 down trees between Big Timber and Diamond Meadows.

Thin snow starts past Diamond Meadows. Visitor reports a slide before Honeymoon Meadows. 2-4 ft of snow at Honeymoon Meadows.

Footlog crossing above Diamond Meadows washed out; ford necessary. May be impassable.

Dosewallips Road is washed out 6.5 miles from the trailhead. Hikers can get around the washout using a temporary trail.

6/4/17

LaCrosse Pass Trail

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

6.4 miles

3600' to 5566'

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

6/24/17

Anderson Moraine Trail

Anderson Pass to Moraine

0.8 miles

4465' to 5200'

No recent report. Many trees down.

Closed to stock.

6/24/17

Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Hayden Pass

11.3 miles

1736' to 5847'

Trail is clear of down trees to Deception Creek. About 56 trees down between there and Dose Meadows. Patchy snow begins after the Gray Wolf junction but the trail is easy to follow. Bear Camp is melted out but Dose Meadows camp sites are still mostly snow covereded. Bear wire is good at Bear Camp and one of them at Dose Meadows is good.

The Hayden Pass Trail is Closed from Dose Meadows to Hayes River Ranger Station due to damage from the Hayes Fire.

Dosewallips Road is washed out 6.5 miles from the trailhead. Hikers can get around the washout using a temporary trail.

6/24/17

Dosewallips River Trail

Trailhead to Dose Forks

1.4 miles

1600' to 1736'

No recent report. 21 passable trees to campground. Not passable to stock.

Dosewallips Road is washed out 6.5 miles from the trailhead. Hikers can get around the washout using a temporary trail.

6/24/17

Constance Pass Trail

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

7.8 miles

2182' to 5850'

No recent report.

Bear canisters are required for camping at Home Lake, Constance Pass and Sunnybrook Meadows; trees are not suitable for food-hanging.

Not recommended for stock; steep trail. Not stock passable through Olympic National Forest at this time.

6/24/17

Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Dose Meadow to Lost Pass

0.9 miles

4450' to 6200'

No recent report.

6/24/17


 

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'

Patchy snow at Lower Royal Meadow with solid snow above. Royal Lake is still mostly ice covered and all campsites are still snow covered. Active avalanche cycle on steep slopes in Upper Basin. 1 campsite melted out and dry at Lower Meadow. Otherscampsites under 1ft of snow.
2campsites melted out and dry at Lake. Other six sites buried under 1-3ft of snow. Group site buried under 2-3ft of snow.

The toilet is melted out and usable.

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

Closed to stock.

Beware of aggressive mountain goats. 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.

6/8/17



Three Forks Trail

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

4.3 miles

5400' to 2150'

Trail is snow free. 10 down trees. Not passible to stock.

6/22/17




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.

5 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. May be impassable.

Patchy snow starts .25mi north of Falls Camp. All campsites melted out. Snow continues on trail to Cedar Lake way trail junction. Expect deep snow to Graywolf Pass.

Self-registration box empty. Call WIC at 360-565-3100 for permit.

See USFS website for information on Lower Graywolf Trail

5/24/17

Cedar Lake Way Trail

Jct. Gray Wolf River Trail to & including Cedar Lake

2.1 miles

3900' to 5300'

Consistent snow on trail past Cedar Creek crossing, with 6-8 ft of snow a mile before Cedar Lake.

5/24/17


Cameron Creek Trail

Three Forks to jct. Grand Pass Trail

7.0 miles

2150' to 4200'

51 down trees. Not stock passable. Trail difficult to follow in meadows between Grand Pass Trail jct and Lower Cameron Shelter site. Hazardous snow bridge in avalanche chute about 1 mile below Grand Pass trail jct. This will be very dangerous for probably the next 2 weeks until it melts. Footlogs all in good shape.

Lots of stinging nettle, cow parsnip, etc along this trail.

6/22/17


Grand Valley/Grand Pass Trail

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

7.7 miles

6100' to 4750'

Trail is est. 40% snow covered in first 2 miles. Deep snow from the pass 2 miles is. Trail hard to follow. Campsites at Grand, Moose and Gladys Lake snow free except the Moose Lake Group Site (probably snow free in 1 week).

Trail is 99% snow covered from Gladys Lake to Grand Pass. South side of Grand Pass 100% snow covered down to 5,700 ft. Expert map and compass skills, ice axes & self arrest skills are necessary this section. Crampons recommended if for getting to and/or over Grand Pass during cool weather.

Trail is snowfree below 5,700 ft (south side of pass). 7 down trees on south side of pass.

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

6/22/17


Cameron Pass Trail

Jct. Grand Pass Trail to Cameron Pass

3.6 miles

4150' to 6450'

No recent report. Trail above Grand Pass Trail jct is likely VERY brushy. Snow probably begins around 5,400 ft with deep snow in Cameron Basin & Cameron Pass. Expert map and compass skills, Crampons, ice axes and self-arrest skills necessary.

Bear canisters are required for Upper Cameron Basin.

Trail not recommended for stock due to steep grade.

6/22/17


Cameron-Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Cameron Pass to Lost Pass

1.9 miles

6200' to 6450'

No recent report.

6/22/17


Deer Ridge Trail

Boundary to jct. Three Forks Trail

1.5 miles

2550' to 5400'

Trail is free of snow.

There are 3 down trees beween Slab Camp and the park boundary. There is 1 down tree between the park boundary and Deer Park.

Not passable for stock.

6/7/17


Badger Valley Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point via Badger Valley to jct. Grand Lake Trail

4.7 miles

6100' to 4000'

No recent report. Badger Valley headwall is extremely hazardous. Ice axes, self-arrest skills and belay equipment necessary to cross. The upper half mile of trail it totally snow covered.

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

5/22/17


Elk Mountain Primitive Trail

Elk Mountain to jct. Badger Valley Trail

1.3 miles

6650' to 5600'

25% snow covered.

Not recommended for stock.

6/22/17


Obstruction Point to Deer Park Trail

Obstruction Point to Deer Park

7.4 miles

6100' to 5400'

From Deer Park, snow is snow free for about 2 mi. They patchy snow. Snow steep snow patches around Maiden Peak. Ice axes & self-arrest skills recommended.

adger Valley headwall is extremely hazardous. Ice axes, self-arrest skills and belay equipment necessary to cross.

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.

6/20/17


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.

6/22/17


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.

6/22/17


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 clear of snow and down trees to the lake. Some campsites melted out.

Ice axes, crampons, and self arrest skills recommended for continuing on the trail past Lake Angeles.

Goats are frequently seen in this area. Keep at least 50 yards from goats at all times and be prepared to chase them off by yelling, waving coats or throwing rocks. Please see Goats and Your Safety 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.

6/8/17

Heather Park Trail

Trailhead via Heather Park to jct. Switchback Trail

6.2 miles

1850' to 6000'

Clear of down trees and snow to just before Heather Park. 1-3 of snow at Heather Park. Snow beyond. Campsites are snow covered.

Ice axes, crampons, and self arrest skills recommended for continuing on the trail past this point.

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.

6/18/17


Switchback Trail

Trailhead to jct. of Lake Angeles & Heather Park Trails

1.6 miles

4400' to 5900'

Snow free up to the jct w the Hurricane Ridge trail. Patchy snow from there to the ridge top.

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.

6/22/17


Hurricane Ridge to Switchback

Trail

Jct. High Ridge Nature Trail to jct. Switchback Trail

2.8 miles

5300' to 5100'

No recent report.

Goats are frequently seen in this area. Keep at least 50 yards from goats at all times and be prepared to chase them off by yelling, waving coats or throwing rocks. Please see Goats and Your Safety for more information.

Trail not recommended for stock.

6/22/17

Wolf Creek Trail

Whiskey Bend Rd. to Hurricane Hill Picnic Area

8.1 miles

1198' to 5100'

No recent report.

Not stock passable to Whiskey Bend.

6/2217


Little River Trail

Boundary to Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

6.8 miles

1000' to 5100'

Seven large trees across the trail between miles 2 and 4.

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.

3/31/17


Elwha to Hurricane Hill Trail

Whiskey Bend Road to jct. Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

5.8 miles

400' to 5650'

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. Patchy snow beyond the overlook.

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.

5/29/17


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.

6/22/17

Elwha Area Notices:

  • Always check weather & road conditions.
  • The Hayden Pass Trail is closed due to damage from the Hayes Fire.
  • The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.
  • Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to all access above Glines Canyon Overlook for the removal of the Crystal Creek Bridge.
  • Expect deep snow and ice at higher elevations. Proper snow travel gear along with route finding and snow travel skills are essential. For snow conditions please see the Northwest Avalanche Center

Elwha Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation

Conditions

Updated

Griff Creek Trail

Trailhead to end of trail

2.8 miles
400' to 3500'

16 down trees above 2,000 feet.

Closed to stock.

6/22/17

Elwha River Trail

Whiskey Bend to Lake Margaret

27.7 miles

1198' to 3650'

The Hayden Pass Trail is Closed due to the Hayes Fire & will not likely be open Summer of 2017.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.



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.

Snow level begins at 3,500 ft on the North side of Low Divide.


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

6/22/17

Humes Ranch Loop

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

4.3 miles

1198' to 900'

Clear of down trees.

Bear wires are located near the meadow below Humes Cabin.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

5/22/17

Lillian River Trail

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

2.5 miles

1600' to 2650'

No recent report.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

6/22/17

Hayden Pass Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail to Hayden Pass

8.4 miles

1800' to 5847'

The Hayden Pass Trail is CLOSED due to the Hayes Fire.

Not stock passable.

6/22/17

Long Ridge Trail

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

10.5 miles
900' to 5753'

50+ trees down on trail.

Snow level begins around 4,400 ft, and becomes 4-5 ft deep.
In summer, the last reliable water source is a spring at 4420'.

6/7/17

Dodger Point Primitive Trail

Jct. Long Ridge Trail to jct. Elwha River Trail via Semple Plateau

5.2 miles
5800' to 1451'

Snow level begins at 3,700 ft. Dozens of trees down.

Trail is extremely difficult to find. Expert route finding and navigation skills required.

Visitor reports that fording the Elwha is not possible at this time.

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.

6/5/17

Elwha Basin Way Trail

Happy Hollow to Elwha Basin

2.4 miles

2300' to 2600'

45 down trees. Trail is difficult to follow in places. River is difficult to cross.

6/22/17

Happy Hollow Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail @ Chicago Camp to Happy Hollow

0.7 miles

2100' to 2300'

12 down trees, a couple of washouts, and very brushy.

This is a primitive trail and is not maintained.

6/7/17

West Elwha Trail

Altair Campground to Herrick Road

3.0 miles

390' to 600'

Bridge over Hughes Creek reported to be unstable.

6/22/17

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.

6/22/17

Boulder Creek Trail Trailhead to Olympic Hot Springs 2.5 miles

1800' to 2061'

Olympic Hot Springs road and trail to Boulder Creek are closed to all access to remove the damaged Crystal Creek Bridge.

Snow reported 1.5 miles past Boulder Lake Jct

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

The bear wire is down at Boulder Creek; bear canisters recommended.

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

5/17/17
Boulder Lake Trail Olympic Hot Springs to Boulder Lake 3.5 miles 2061' to 4300'

8 ft of snow at Boulder Lake reported. Snow started 1.5 miles up from Boulder Creek/Boulder Lake Jct.

Not stock passable as of 11/16.

5/17/17
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Boulder Lake Trail to Appleton Pass 4.6 miles

No recent report.

Trail can be very brushy and difficult to follow.

Log bridge is out over North Fork Boulder Creek; requires ford.

Aggressive mountain goats. Read Goats and Your Safety. Also watch Hiking Safely with Goats.

6/22/17
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.

6/22/17

Smokey Bottom Trail

West Lake Mills Abutment TH to Boulder Creek

1.9 miles

600' to 620'

Trail is a little muddy but otherwise in good shape.

6/22/17




 

Northwest Trails

Lake Crescent Area Notices:

  • The Spruce Railroad Trail is closed from the east McPhee Tunnel to the Lyre River Trailhead until July 2017 as contractors work to provide universal accessibility. The trail is now open from Camp David Jr Trailhead on the west side to just beyond the west tunnel. There is currently no access to Devil's Punchbowl.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.
  • Expect deep snow and ice at higher elevations. Proper snow travel gear along with route finding and snow travel skills are essential. For snow conditions please see the Northwest Avalanche Center

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 report.

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.

6/22/17

Barnes Creek Trail

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

800' to 2000'

Visitors report several passable downed trees.

6/22/17

Upper Barnes Creek Primitive Trail

Barnes Creek Trail to Hughes Creek/Barnes Creek Divide

5.3 miles

2000' to 3600'

No recent report.

Trail may be difficult to follow near the end.

Closed to stock.

6/22/17

Aurora Divide Trail

Barnes Creek Trail to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail

3.6 miles

500' to 2000'

No recent report. 6/22/17

Aurora Creek Trail

Trailhead (HWY 101) to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail

3.4 miles

500' to 4200'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

6/22/17

Aurora Ridge Trail

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

43 trees down in the first 5 miles (before Eagle Lakes). Snow starts 1/4 before Eagle Lakes Jct. no sign of the trail beyond that due to snow depth.

No water after the first mile of trail (excluding Eagle Lakes) to the bottom of switchbacks east of Sourdough Mountain.

Eagle Lakes Trail is closed to stock.

5/18/17

Pyramid Peak Trail

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

Trail through the slide area was in good shape on 6/11.

Trail is currently not passable to stock.

6/22/17

Spruce Railroad Trail

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

4.0 miles

The Spruce Railroad Trail is closed from the east McPhee Tunnel to the Lyre River Trailhead until July 2017 as contractors work to provide universal accessibility. The trail is now open from the Camp David Jr Trailhead on the west side to just past the west tunnel. There is currently no access to Devil's Punchbowl.

4/1/17

Sol Duc Area Notices:

  • Expect deep snow and ice at higher elevations. Proper snow travel gear along with route finding and snow travel skills are essential. For snow conditions please see the Northwest Avalanche Center
  • Always check weather & road conditions.
  • 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 (mile 6.3) 9.3 miles
1600' to 2800'

No recent report. Expect downed trees 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.

5 down trees between trailhead and first crossing.

6/22/17
Sol Duc River Trail Trailhead to jct. High Divide Trail

8.4 miles

1900' to 4800'

Snow free to Lower Bridge Creek.

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

5/22/17
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Sol Duc River Trail to Appleton Pass 2.6 miles
3000' to 5100'

Snow starts at 4,400 ft. 2 down trees to snowline. Expert map and compass skills, ice axes & self-arrest skills necessary to hike this route safely. Crampons may be necessary during cool weather for travel across steep snow fields.

Aggressive mountain goats. Read Goats and Your Safety. Also watch Hiking Safely with Goats.

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

6/22/17
High Divide Trail Jct. Deer Lake & Little Divide Trails to jct. Cat Basin Trail 7.8 miles
3600' to 4500'

Deep snow from Deer Lake to Lower Bridge Creek. Expert map and compass skills, ice axes & self-arrest skills necessary to hike this route safely. Crampons may be necessary during cool weather for travel across steep snow fields.

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.
6/22/17
Cat Basin Primitive Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to Cat Basin 0.6 miles
5050' to 4300'

No recent report. Expect deep 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.

6/22/17
Lunch Lake Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to & including Lunch Lake 0.6 miles
4800' to 4450'

Deep snow. Expert map and compass skills, ice axes & self-arrest skills necessary to hike this route safely. Crampons may be necessary during cool weather for travel across steep snow fields.

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

6/22/17
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 is mostly snow free to Deer Lake. Only 2 campsites melted out.

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

6/22//17
Mink Lake Trail Trailhead (Sol Duc Resort) to jct. Bogachiel River & Little Divide Trails 4.3 miles
1643' to 4130'

Trail mostly snow free to Mink Lake. Still snow around the lake.

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

6/22/17
Lover's Lane Trail Jct. Mink Lake Trail to jct. Deer Lake Trail 2.9 miles
1643' to 2000'

Trail is snow free and clear of 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.

6/22/17
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.

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.

6/22/17

Hoh/Bogachiel Area Notices:

  • Expect deep snow and ice at higher elevations. Proper snow travel gear along with route finding and snow travel skills are essential. For avalanche conditions please see the Northwest Avalanche Center
  • Always check weather & road conditions.

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'

Trail is clear of down trees and snow. Calawah crossing reported at 2.5 ft deep.

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

Not recommended for stock.

6/8/17
Bogachiel River Trail Boundary to jct. Mink Lake & Little Divide Trails 21.6 miles
400' to 4130'

The Undie road is reported to be open to the trailhead.

15 down trees from trailhead to park boundary. 90 down trees from boundary to Flapjack. Lots of water on the trail from flooding.

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.

Washout 2 miles inside Park boundary reported as impassable to some people. Another washout 3.7 miles from trailhead is a steep bluff over gravel bar for a few hundred yards.

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.

5/19/17
South Snider-Jackson Trail Jct. Bogachiel River South Bank Trail to Hoh Road 10.0 miles
560' to 3200'

Trail passable with 140 trees down.

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.

6/22/17
Hoh River Trail Trailhead to Glacier Meadows 17.5 miles
600' to 5000'

Muddy when wet. 46 down trees from trailhead to Elk Lake. Patchy snow begining near Martin Creek.

5 Mile Island is strewn with limb debris and fallen trees: The toilet has been crushed by a large fallen tree and one of the bear wires is down as one of the supporting trees has fallen.

Visitors reported an avalanche between Martin Creek and Elk Lake. Further avalanche activity expected throughout the spring.

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.

5/9/17
Mount Olympus Mount Olympus climbing routes Mileage varies There is NO blue bag deposit on the lateral moraine. Human waste must be carried out in blue bags or WAG bags. Climbers can bring WAG bags or pick them up with their permit at the Wilderness Information Center.

There is heavy snow coverage on Blue Glacier with limited visible crevasse hazards. Moderate overhead hazards exist as cornices are continuing to break free, and there is still the possibility of wet avalanche slides depending on daily conditions. New snowfall is forecasted for 68/-6/11.

Parties have been accessing the summit block using both the early season direct routes and the Crystal Pass route. Memorial Day weekend, one party successfully used a snow bridge to cross the bergschrund on a direct route. This weekend, a party reported that the snow bridge has failed and parties using direct routes will have to climb down into and out of the bergschrund.

Most groups have been summiting via the north ridge, as current snow conditions allow for good (although steep) access to the 5th class pitch.

6/8/17
Hoh Lake Trail Hoh River Trail to jct with High Divide Trail 6.5 miles
948' to 5474'
Snow begins at 3500'. CB Flats group site still snow covered. 25 down trees. Several hazardous snow bridge.

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

Not stock passable.
6/22/17
South Fork Hoh River Trail Trailhead to end of maintained trail 4.2 miles
750' to 800'

Trail is clear of down trees.

6/22/17
 

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.
  • Expect deep snow and ice at higher elevations. Proper snow travel gear along with route finding and snow travel skills are essential.

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'

Clear of down trees to Irely Lake.

Closed to stock.

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

4/28/17

Big Creek Trail

Irely Lake to & including Three Lakes 5.9 miles
600' to 3200'
Muddy for first 1/2 mile. A large down tree requires hikers to scramble down 5 feet into the hole left by the roots. The Big Creek ford is 3ft deep and swift on a cool day, likely to be deeper on warm days. Above the bridge, a slide area is somewhat difficult to traverse. Patchy snow begins at 2,600 feet above sea level and is becomes consistently 3 feet deep at 2900 feet. Three Lakes has 4 feet of snow.

Closed to stock.

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

6/24/17

Three Lakes Trail

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

No Recent Report

Closed to stock.

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

4/28/17

Skyline Primitive Trail

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

No recent report.

Slides near Seattle Creek and Lake Beauty are difficult to traverse.

In summer, trail is somewhat difficult to follow between Kimta Peak and Seattle Creek.

No water sources between Three Prune and Kimta Peak.

Bear Canisters are required in most areas along this trail due to lack of good trees for hanging food and a large bear population.

Closed to stock.

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

4/28/17

Elip Creek Trail

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

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

Closed to stock.
4/28/17

Martins Park/Lakes Primitive Trail

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

No recent report. Expect storm damage.

4/28/17

North Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Lake Margaret 16.5 miles

Clear of down trees to Wolf Bar.

Not stock passable due to debris at 1800' and a slide at 2700'

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.

Visitors report that the 12 Mile ford is 3 feet deep, and the 16 Mile ford is swift and 3 feet deep on a cool day, likely to be deeper on warm days. 16 Mile ford may not be passable where the trail meets the river.

Wild Rose Creek and Elip Creek swift 2-3 ft deep.

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

Snow level on the south side of Low Divide begins at 2,900 feet. There is 4-6 feet of snow at Low Divide.

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

6/24/17

East Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Anderson Pass 18.2 miles
646' to 4465'
Approximately 35 trees down between Pony Bridge and Enchanted Valley, all passable.

Footlog at Pyrites Creek is washed out. Creek can be difficult to cross during heavy rains.

A trail washout and 3+ trees down between Enchanted Valley and White Creek.

White Creek is flowing swift at 4+ ft deep on warm days. May be impassable at times. There is no foot log.

Visitor reports a difficult traverse around a log pile below the Anderson/O'Neil pass junction.

A hiker reports patchy snow around 3,000 feet, with 1-2 feet near the O'Neil Pass junction. 5+ feet of snow past the junction. Ice axes, crampons, self arrest skills, and expert route finding & navigation skills required past the junction.

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.

Hikers reported a bear approaching their camp at Pyrites Creek.

The emergency shelter at Enchanted Valley is closed.

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

6/1/17

O'Neil Pass Trail

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

Expect multiple feet of snow. Ice axes, crampons, self arrest skills, and expert route finding & navigation skills required.

The trail sign at the junction is down.

Both bear wires at Marmot Lake are down; bear canisters recommended.

The Duckabush River ford below Marmot Lake can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and snow melt.

Closed to stock.

6/1/17

Graves Creek Primitive Trail

Jct. East Fork Quinault River Trail to jct. Wynoochee Pass & Lake Sundown Trails 6.2 miles
646' to 2700'

No recent report. Expect storm damage.

Sign at junction to Sundown Pass and Lake Sundown in pieces on the ground.

Graves Creek fords can be hazardous after heavy precipitation and during early season snow melt.

Closed to stock.

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

6/24/17

Wynoochee Pass Trail

Park Boundary to jct. Sundown Lake & Graves Creek Trails 3.6 miles
2700' to 3600'
No recent report. Expect snow above 3,000 feet.
Some of the creek crossings, between the trailhead and the pass, require dicey scrambles into/out of the creek valley. Many sections of this trail are brushy.

Closed to stock.
6/24/17

South Fork Skokomish River Trail

Park Boundary via Sundown Pass to jct. Lake Sundown Trail 2.6 miles (inside park boundary)
2500' to 3700'
No recent report. Expect snow above 3,000 feet.
There are several sections of trail that are hard to follow due to lack of trail tread.
6/24/17

Lake Sundown Trail

Jct. Wynoochee Pass & Graves Creek Trails to & including Lake Sundown 1.6 miles
2700' to 3900'

No recent report. Expect snow above 3,000 feet.

Some parts of the trail can be brushy and difficult to follow.

Closed to stock.
4/28/17

Queets Area Notices:

  • Caution: The Queets River ford can be hazardous at any time of the year.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.


No recent report. Expect storm damage.

Queets Area

Trail Name
Description
Mileage & Elevation
Conditions
Updated

Queets River Trail

Trailhead to Pelton Creek 16.2 miles
360' to 800'

70 trees down between trailhead and Bob Creek Campgound.

There are two trail washouts. The first is 1.3 miles east of Coal Creek, .3 miles long. The second is .3m west of Bob Creek, about 200 yards long.

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.

6/24/17

Lower Crossing Route

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

No recent report.

6/24/17

Sam's River Loop

Loop Trail from Queets Trailhead to Ranger Station and return

2.8 miles

No recent report. .
6/24/17

Upper Crossing Route

Queets River Trail to & including Smith Place 0.3 miles

No elevation gain.
No recent report. 6/24/17
 

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.
  • Construction is planned between the Mora Campground and Rialto Beach for 4-6 weeks beginning at 7am May 17th, 2017. Rialto Beach will not be accessible to road or pedestrian traffic during construction.
  • 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. Buckets are not permitted.
  • 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.
  • 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 are very muddy. 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 targets being missing.

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.

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.

5/29/17

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 catholing.

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.

Construction is planned between the Mora Campground and Rialto Beach for 4-6 weeks beginning at 7am May 17th, 2017. Rialto Beach will not be accessible to road or pedestrian traffic during construction.

5/29/17

Ozette Loop Trail

Ozette Trailhead to Cape Alava, to Sand Point and return

9.5 miles

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

Both privies at Sand Point are open.

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.

All water sources flowing well. 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.

6/6/17

Ericsons Bay Primitive Trail

South Sand Point Trailhead to Ericsons Bay

2.0 miles

Numerous down trees, some difficult to navigate around. 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.

5/29/17

South Coast

Trail Name

Description

Mileage

Conditions

Date

Second Beach Trail

Trailhead to Second Beach

0.7 miles

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"!! YUCK!!!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 and toilet paper. ALWAYS use toilets when available.Trail is clear. Storms have washed away from many of the campsites.

Beach logs at the end of the trail can be difficult and slippery to cross and trail can become muddy and slippery with precipitation. An additional toilet has been installed on the bluff behind a campsite ~200 yards south of trail's end.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

6/6/17

Third Beach Trail

Trailhead to Third Beach

1.4 miles

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"!! YUCK!!!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 and toilet paper. ALWAYS use toilets when available.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

6/6/17

South Coast Beach Route

Third Beach to Oil City

15.3 miles

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"!! YUCK!!!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 and toilet paper. ALWAYS use toilets when available.

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.

Expect 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 located up the access trail behind the logs on the north side of Jackson Creek, just below and to the left of the deteriorating A-frame shelter.

The overland trail (soutbound) at Mosquito Creek is marked by a broken target sign and hanging buoy. The Mosquito Creek toilet is full. Bury human waste at least 70 steps from campsites or water.

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.

6/22/17

Oil City Trail

Hoh River Bank to Trailhead at Oil City

0.6 miles

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"!! YUCK!!!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 and toilet paper. ALWAYS use toilets when available. 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.

4/28/17

Last updated: June 24, 2017

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