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.

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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.
  • 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'

As of 6/29/2018, logs to cross or wet xing at Nine Stream, use discretion.

21 trees down Two Bear and 1st D and down to Home Sweet Home.

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.

9/4/18

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

9/4/18

Wagonwheel Lake Trail

Trailhead to & including Wagonwheel Lake

2.8 miles

785' to 4150'

Last half mile brushy and sloping. As of 8/24/2018, one 30" tree about a mile before the lake.

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

Closed to stock.

9/4/18

Home Sweet Home Trail

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

2.6 miles

4688' to 2695'
As of 8/5/2018, 23 trees down between Home Sweet Home and Upper Duckabush. 9/4/18
Four Stream Trail Jct. Staircase Rapids Loop Trail to Four Stream

1.2 miles

900' to 1000'

As of 7/30/2018, some areas of tricky footing with washout. 3 trees down. Decent condition.

Closed to stock.
9/4/18

Flapjack Lakes Trail

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

4.0 miles

1490' to 3900'

As of 8/20/2018, two trees down to Flapjack Lakes

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

9/4/18

Upper Lena Lake Trail

Park Boundary to & including Upper Lena Lake

2.8 miles

700' to 4550'

As of 7/22/2018 25 down trees from park boundary to lake. 5 down trees around lake impacting campsites/trails.

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.

9/4/18

Gladys Divide Primitive Trail

Flapjack Lakes to Gladys Divide

1.4 miles

3900' to 5050'

As of 8/20/2018, 43 trees down on trail from Flapjacks to Gladys Divide. Some may be difficult to navigate- minor route-finding skills may be necessary.

Closed to stock.

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

9/4/18

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.

There are no water sources on this very steep trail.

Closed to stock.

Trees in this area are inadequate for food-hanging; bear canisters required when food cannot be hung at least 12' high and 10' out from the nearest tree trunk.

9/4/18

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.

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.
9/4/18

Six Ridge Primitive Trail

Jct. Sundown Lake Trail to North Fork Skokomish River Trail

10.6 miles

4650' to 1500'

No recent report.

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.

9/4/18

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'

3-4 down trees between the trailhead and the lake.

Closed to stock.

9/4/18

Duckabush River Trail

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

11.0 miles

440' to 2695'

As of 8/23/2018, around thirty 18"-36" trees down on trail from park entrance to 10 mile. 10 Mile privy has been destroyed. The washout 1/2 mile east of 10 mile camp has been fixed and is generally passable. An older washout exists around mile 7.5, which is easy to pass. Water crossings reported as low flow.

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

Ten-Mile bear wire is down.
Marmot Lake bear wires are down.
Trees in this area are inadequate for food-hanging; bear canisters required when food cannot be hung at least 12' high and 10' out from the nearest tree trunk.

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

9/4/2018


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.
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.

9/4/18

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.

9/4/18

LaCrosse Pass Trail

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

6.4 miles

3600' to 5566'

Visitor reports: As of 7/20/18 there were 22 downed trees on the trail, with most easily passed. The trail is in good shape.

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

9/4/18

Anderson Moraine Trail

Anderson Pass to Moraine

0.8 miles

4465' to 5200'

No recent report.

9/4/18

Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Hayden Pass

11.3 miles

1736' to 5847'

As of 8/24/2018, trail clear to Deception Crk. About a dozen trees down between the gray Wolf Jct and Dose Meadows with a couple of reroutes. Two trees down toward Hayden Pass, otherwise in good condition up to the burn area. Visitor reports about a dozen down trees between Graywolf Jnct to Graywolf Pass.

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.

9/4/18

Dosewallips River Trail

Trailhead to Dose Forks

1.4 miles

1600' to 1736'

Clear of down trees as of 6/13/18. Road section is clear.

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.

9/4/18

Constance Pass Trail

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

7.8 miles

2182' to 5850'

33 down trees to Sunnybrook Meadows, at least 3 are tricky to get around. Above the meadows, trail tread is poor & failing through a couple of rock slide sections. Brushy in some sections. No water source until about 1/2 mile below Sunnybrook meadows.

Bear canisters are recommended 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.

8/31/18

Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Dose Meadow to Lost Pass

0.9 miles

4450' to 6200'

As of 8/24/2018, about six trees down to Lost pass; brushy.

9/4/18


 

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'

No recent report.

Trail to Upper Royal washed out on slope, sketchy to walk up/down w/o poles. Trail between Royal Creek and Royal Creek is brushy.

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

12/16/18


Three Forks Trail

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

4.3 miles

5400' to 2150'

As of 7/28/2018, good condition. Cleared for stock.

9/4/18




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

9/4/18

Cedar Lake Way Trail

Jct. Gray Wolf River Trail to & including Cedar Lake

2.1 miles

3900' to 5300'

As of 7/28/2018, Trail in decent condition. A few down trees to bypass.

Trail start can be difficult to find: begins at top of meadow near camp sites.

Trail is difficult to navigate after creek crossing.

9/4/18

Cameron Creek Trail

Three Forks to jct. Grand Pass Trail

7.0 miles

2150' to 4200'

As of 7/28/2018, 30 ft wide rock gully with steep entry and exit points on either side. Use extreme caution. Brushy trail, hard to follow.

9/4/18


Grand Valley/Grand Pass Trail

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

7.7 miles

6100' to 4750'
No down trees. Grand Pass sign is damaged.

9/4/18


Cameron Pass Trail

Jct. Grand Pass Trail to Cameron Pass

3.6 miles

4150' to 6450'

Trail has been brushed and is fairly easy to follow, with a couple of slightly confusing spots near Cameron Creek Crossing. Down trees have been cleared.


Trees in Upper Cameron Basin are inadequate for food-hanging; bear canisters required when food cannot be hung at least 12' high and 10' out from the nearest tree trunk.

Trail not recommended for stock due to steep grade.

9/4/18

Cameron-Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Cameron Pass to Lost Pass

1.9 miles

6200' to 6450'

Trail can be difficult to follow along creek beds and meadow areas.

9/4/18

Deer Ridge Trail

Boundary to jct. Three Forks Trail

1.5 miles

2550' to 5400'

No recent report.

Not passable for stock.

12/16/18

Badger Valley Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point via Badger Valley to jct. Grand Lake Trail

4.7 miles

6100' to 4000'

No recent report.

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

12/16/18

Elk Mountain Primitive Trail

Elk Mountain to jct. Badger Valley Trail

1.3 miles

6650' to 5600'

No recent report.

Not recommended for stock.

9/4/18

Obstruction Point to Deer Park Trail

Obstruction Point to Deer Park

7.4 miles

6100' to 5400'

As of 8/21/2018 trail in good condition

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.

9/4/18

PJ Lake Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point Road at Waterhole to PJ Lake

0.9 miles

5050' to 4550'

As of 7/28/2018, trail in good condition, a few down trees.

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

Not recommended for stock.

9/4/18

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.

9/4/18

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 8/2/2018, trail in good condition.

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.

9/4/18

Heather Park Trail

Trailhead via Heather Park to jct. Switchback Trail

6.2 miles

1850' to 6000'

As of 8/2/2018, multiple areas of mediocre / nonexistant trail tread on scree fields between Heather Pass and Heather Park, easily navigable

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.

9/4/18


Switchback Trail

Trailhead to jct. of Lake Angeles & Heather Park Trails

1.6 miles

4400' to 5900'

Trail in good condition.

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.

9/4/18


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.

12/16/18

Wolf Creek Trail

Whiskey Bend Rd. to Hurricane Hill Picnic Area

8.1 miles

1198' to 5100'

As of 7/30/2018, a couple of down trees.

Not stock passable to Whiskey Bend.

9/4/18


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 7/30/2018, 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.

9/4/18


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.

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.

9/4/18


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.

9/4/18

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'

As of 8/5/2018, visitors report wasp nest 1 mile up trail.

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

9/4/18

Elwha River Trail

Whiskey Bend to Lake Margaret

27.7 miles

1198' to 3650'

As of 5/21/2018, no down trees from trailhead to Hayes River. There is a small rock, woody debris slide on the south side of the Lillian River grade.

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 washout just past Hayes River bridge is unstable but passable.

9/4/18

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.

9/4/18

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.

9/4/18

Hayden Pass Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail to Hayden Pass

8.4 miles

1800' to 5847'

As of 7/4/2018, trail is passable with minor risk of falling debri 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. .

Not stock passable.

9/4/18

Long Ridge Trail

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

10.5 miles
900' to 5753'

Trail is in good shape, with 44 down trees from bridge to basin. Most are easy to bypass. Only "flowing" water was about 30 minutes before Dodger - otherwise, there are 4 mediocre seeps along the way.

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

9/4/18

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.

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.

9/4/18

Elwha Basin Way Trail

Happy Hollow to Elwha Basin

2.4 miles

2300' to 2600'

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

9/4/18

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.

9/4/18

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.

9/4/18

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'

As of 7/9/2018, a visitor reports a dozen down 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.

9/4/18

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.

9/4/18
Boulder Lake Trail Olympic Hot Springs to Boulder Lake 3.5 miles 2061' to 4300'

No recent report.

9/4/18
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Boulder Lake Trail to Appleton Pass 4.6 miles

As of 8/24/2018, Segments of brushy trail from the pass to junction with Boulder Creek can make navigating difficult. A few down trees.

9/4/18
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.

9/4/18

Smokey Bottom Trail

West Lake Mills Abutment TH to Boulder Creek

1.9 miles

600' to 620'

As of 8/24/2018, many fallen trees on trail (>20). Trail difficlt to follow in some areas. Small foot bridges are stable.

9/4/18




 

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.

9/4/18

Barnes Creek Trail

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

800' to 2000'
As of 7/10/2018, trail free of down trees from trailhead to 2 miles. No report past 2 miles. 9/4/18

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.

9/4/18

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.
9/4/18

Aurora Creek Trail

Trailhead (HWY 101) to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail

3.4 miles

500' to 4200'

As of 7/5/2018, visitor reports 22 trees over the trail in its 3.4 miles

Closed to stock.

9/4/18

Aurora Ridge Trail

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

As of 7/15/2018, visitor reports no down trees. 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.

9/4/18

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.

9/4/18

Spruce Railroad Trail

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

4.0 miles

Trail work underway through mid-December: The Spruce Railroad Trail is open from the east end beginning at the Lyre River Trailhead off East Beach Road through the restored McFee Tunnel and up to the Daley-Rankin tunnel on the west end (almost 3 miles). Devil's Punchbowl is accessible from this route. The trail is closed from the west end off Camp David Jr. Road/North Shore trailhead for one mile to the Daley-Rankin Tunnel. No through traffic.

Watch out for poison oak.

11/19/18

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'

As of 8/24/2018, 5 down trees between trailhead and first crossing. Many small down trees along route.

One trail washout.

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.

As of 8/11 it is at its lowest knee deep

9/4/18
Sol Duc River Trail Trailhead to jct. High Divide Trail

8.4 miles

1900' to 4800'

One down tree between Sol Duc River Campsite # 1 and Sol Duc River Campsite # 2.

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

9/4/18
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Sol Duc River Trail to Appleton Pass 2.6 miles
3000' to 5100'

As of 8/9/2018, 10 trees down on the trail up to Appleton Pass from Sol Duc. Oyster lake still has water. Segments of brushy trail from the pass to junction with Boulder Creek can make navigating difficult.

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

9/4/18
High Divide Trail Jct. Deer Lake & Little Divide Trails to jct. Cat Basin Trail 7.8 miles
3600' to 4500'

Please do not walk on plants and other vegetation.

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.
9/4/18
Cat Basin Primitive Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to Cat Basin 0.6 miles
5050' to 4300'

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.

9/4/18
Lunch Lake Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to & including Lunch Lake 0.6 miles
4800' to 4450'

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.

12/16/18
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'

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.

12/16/18
Mink Lake Trail Trailhead (Sol Duc Resort) to jct. Bogachiel River & Little Divide Trails 4.3 miles
1643' to 4130'

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.

12/16/18
Lover's Lane Trail Jct. Mink Lake Trail to jct. Deer Lake Trail 2.9 miles
1643' to 2000'

No recent report.

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.

12/16/18
Little Divide Trail Jct. Bogachiel River & Mink Lake Trails to jct. Deer Lake & High Divide Trails 3.5 miles
4130' to 3600'

As of 8/23/2018, 17 trees down, most easy to get over. Trail is easy to follow despite 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.

Experienced stock and stock users only.

9/4/18

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'

As of 8/24/2018, 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.

9/4/18
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.

As of 8/4/2018, 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 at Mosquito Creek requires use of rope assist for the bypass section.

Minimal down trees along trail until Flapjack, and 4 down trees between Flapjack and Fifteenmile mile.

The trail from Fifteenmile to Twentyone Mile is very brushy and overgrown. Many down trees.

Shelter at Twentyone Mile no longer exists and has one small campsite. No bear wires or toilets anywhere in the Bogachiel drainage.

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.

9/4/18
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.

9/4/18
Hoh River Trail Trailhead to Glacier Meadows 17.5 miles
600' to 5000'

No recent rport.

There are coyotes actively stealing food and non-food/gear items from visitors. All food, garbage, and scented items must be stored using park established bear wires or park approved bear canisters at all times.

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 Martin Creek, Elk Lake and Glacier Meadows, which are reservations-only areas.

12/16/18
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.

No recent report.

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.

9/4/18
Hoh Lake Trail Hoh River Trail to jct with High Divide Trail 6.5 miles
948' to 5474'

As of 7/16/2018, many downed trees from Hoh lake to C.B. Flats and beyond to Hoh River Trail.


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

Not stock passable.
9/4/18
South Fork Hoh River Trail Trailhead to end of maintained trail 4.2 miles
750' to 800'
As of 8/24/2018, trail is in great shape; No blowdowns or obstacles. 9/4/18
 

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 8/19/2018, 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.

9/4/18

Big Creek Trail

Irely Lake to & including Three Lakes 5.9 miles
600' to 3200'
As of 8/19/2018, 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.

Closed to stock.

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

9/4/18

Three Lakes Trail

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

As of 8/19/2018, decent shape. Adequate water from Three Lakes to Three Prune.

Closed to stock.

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

9/4/18

Skyline Primitive Trail

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

As of 8/21/2018, snowfree. No water between 3 Prune and Kimta Peak (5+ miles). Water is plentiful between Kimta Peak and Low Divide. Many large deadfalls between Three Prune and Low Divide. Expert route finding/navigation skills recommended. Multiple areas of exposure to be crossed along this route. This route has 11,000 feet of elevation gain/loss.

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.

9/4/18

Elip Creek Trail

Jct. North Fork Quinault River Trail to jct. Skyline Trail 4.6 miles
1000' to 3350'
As of 8/19/2018, trail crew cleared all of trail. Some water available in upper 2 miles of trail.

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

Closed to stock.
9/4/18

Martins Park/Lakes Primitive Trail

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

No recent report.

9/4/18

North Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Lake Margaret 16.5 miles

As of 8/21/2018, 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.

There are a few down trees between the trailhead and Trapper.

Small washout between 12 and 16 mile, very unstable small tread, visitor made use trail above washout.Bees nest adjacent to reroute. Large washout section on North Fork trail between Low Divide and 16 Mile, hikers can bypass on rocks/deadfall above, tricky but stable.

16 Mile ford is 1-2 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.

9/4/18

East Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Anderson Pass 18.2 miles
646' to 4465'
As of 8/11/2018, 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.

Trail crew working on re-route of washout approx. 1 mile up valley from the Chalet. Path is 75% complete, with the remaining trail flagged and cleared, but still needs grading. A few trees down from the Valley to Anderson, but trail is completely free of snow. Spur trail to Andersen glacier is in good shape.

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.

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.


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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 8/23/2018 trail is relatively easy to follow for the first 9 miles with very few trees down and many areas with very faint tread.

There is a washout .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.

9/4/18

Lower Crossing Route

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

No recent report.

9/4/18

Sam's River Loop

Loop Trail from Queets Trailhead to Ranger Station and return

2.8 miles

As 8/5/2018, trail is in good condition. 9/4/18

Upper Crossing Route

Queets River Trail to & including Smith Place 0.3 miles

No elevation gain.
As of 8/23/18, crossing between 2-3 feet deep. 9/4/18
 

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.

There is a dead whale about 100 yards north of Willoughby Creek toilet/camping area.

Headlands can be very muddy. Headlands are mostly dry. 5 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.

Water sources are low flow/not flowing. Visitors report water at Ozette River is salty, so visitors need to hike very far upstream to get fresh water. Chlorine and iodine do not effectively purify coastal water for human consumption.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

9/4/18

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.

Water sources are low flow/stagnant. Water is flowing at Ellen Creek. Chlorine and iodine do not effectively purify coastal water for human consumption.

9/4/18

Ozette Loop Trail

Ozette Trailhead to Cape Alava, to Sand Point and return

9.3 miles

All of the signs on the loop have been replaced, including trailheads and overland trails. Approximately a dozen boards are rotten and broken on boardwalk to Sandpoint- none creating serious problem. Some of the new boards are markedly thicker than others and have created tripping hazards. 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.

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.

9/4/18

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.

9/4/18

South Coast

Trail Name

Description

Mileage

Conditions

Date

Second Beach Trail

Trailhead to Second Beach

0.7 miles

Some erosion near steep/downhill section of trail before the beach - use caution.

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.

Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

9/4/18

Third Beach Trail

Trailhead to Third Beach

1.4 miles

Closed to stock.
Trail is in good condition.
Toilet is on the south side of the creek.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

9/4/18

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.

1 down tree 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 closed; 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.

9/4/18

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.

Trail is brushy in places.
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.

9/4/18

Last updated: December 16, 2018

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