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Results List

117 Hikes
Tunnel Creek - Dosewallips Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4550 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Tunnel Creek Trail has two trailheads.The south side trailhead is on the Dosewallips Road, but its notoriously steep grade to 5050 Pass means it is seldom used. Try it and you’ll find out why.
 
 
Three Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 3175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
The Three Lakes Trail is a tour of some of Olympic's finest old growth forests, and is the traditional start of the much longer Queets-Quinault Skyline route. Starting in lowland rainforest, the trail works its way through exemplary stands of montane and then subalpine forests before finally breaking out into meadows dotted with tiny lakes. This is a truly wild and remote corner of the Olympics that leaves a lasting impression on the lucky hiker who experiences its beauty.
 
 
Upper South Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
16.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 4103.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Try this for a tough dayhike or the start of an epic backpack in the Olympics!
 
 
Lower South Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(21 votes)
Venture up the Lower South Fork of the Skokomish River for an abundance of flora and fauna amid lush old growth.
 
 
Rainbow Canyon

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
This is a short hike into a tree-filled gorge. Views include a waterfall, Elbo Creek, and the Quilcene River.
 
 
Port Gamble Forest - Forbidden Forest Trail Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy a long ramble through the Port Gamble Forest full of second-growth Douglas firs and lots of ferns.
 
 
Notch Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
Believed to be a former Native American trading route through the Olympics, this historic trail was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC) in the 1930s. It was relocated in the early 2000s and is a popular WTA volunteer work party site to this day.
 
 
Newberry Hill Heritage Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
13.0 miles of trails
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
This little gem of a park is located in Kitsap County, at the west end of Newberry Hill Road right before the T to Seabeck Highway.
 
 
Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
If the tide is high, or you just want to see a different side of the Olympic Peninsula while you're visiting the coast, cross Highway 101 from the Kalaloch campground and take a peek into the deep Olympic forest.
 
 
Heather Creek Trail via Upper Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
Take an amble through moss-laden forest and along churning waters in colors only the Olympic Peninsula can provide. For the most part, it’s ramble with moderate grade, but the last two and a half miles change character dramatically—giving you a steep, thigh-burning workout before rewarding you with views of Mount Mystery and Little Mystery just inside the park boundary.
 
 
Guillemot Cove

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 360 ft.
Highest Point: 360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(17 votes)
Enjoy breath taking views of the Olympics from a secluded cove with many different types of seabirds and wildlife. Try to keep your feet dry while exploring a series of trails amid the historic 184-acre Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve.
 
 
Slab Camp Creek and Gray Wolf River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
This is a classic Olympics river hike without the crowds, and it's downhill all the way to your destination.
 
 
Graves Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1880.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
The Graves Creek primitive trail provides access to old growth forests high above the Quinault River Valley and solitude compared to the high use trails along the Quinault River. Expect glimpses of waterfalls across the gorge in spring and signs of wild-life including bear, deer, and elk.
 
 
Elwha To Hurricane Hill

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5248 ft.
Highest Point: 5650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Road Washout: The Elwha River Road is washed out, rendering this trailhead inaccessible by vehicle
Climb steeply out of the Elwha River Valley to impressive views of the Bailey Range and wide-open meadows on this trail that accesses Hurricane Hill the back way.
 
 
Upper Dungeness River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
The Upper Dungeness River trail is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. It’s great for all ages (as long as the trail is snow- and ice-free), and the shelter at Camp Handy is a welcome and dry lunch destination on rainy days.
 
 
Duckabush River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(34 votes)
Explore one of the quieter Olympic Peninsula river valleys. Quiet, that is, if you don't count the Duckabush River's constant belching, crashing, and churning as it tumbles over giant boulders and squeezes through narrow rocky clefts.
 
 
Dosewallips River Road

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(17 votes)
The Dosewallips River Road is the gateway to the eastern Olympic Mountains and it penetrates one of the deepest canyons in Olympic National Park. Now closed to vehicles, the old road bed allows hikers to explore true wilderness at a gentle grade. Backpackers, peak baggers, and horseback riders take advantage of the easy access to the trails beyond the road's end.
 
 
Marmot Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3489 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(72 votes)
Marmot Pass offers great views and a gentle hike through old-growth forest as well as high meadows. It is a great day hike, but also offers a great starting place for a variety of overnight options.
 
 
Main Fork Dosewallips River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4800 ft.
Highest Point: 5847.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.71
(7 votes)
The Main Fork Dosewallips Trail is a major artery in the Olympic National Park trail system and offers access to remote areas deep within the park. As such, this route is most often traveled by through-hikers or multi-night backpackers on a loop tour of flowery meadows and high passes.
 
 
Olympic Hot Springs

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2084.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
Road Closed: The Olympic Hot Springs Trailhead is inaccessible due to a road washout. Hikers can access the trail from the Madison Falls parking area by walking 7.8 miles each way along the road.
Hike to some remote hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula.
 
 
Dosewallips State Park - Steam Donkey Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.91
(11 votes)
The 3.5 mile Steam Donkey Loop Trail is an especially good choice in spring, with lots of creeklets, views of the Dosewallips River and silent forest. There is a strong chance that you will see wildlife in winter and spring. An elk herd resides in the area, and with the estuary so close, the area is rife with bird-life. As an added bonus for fall hikers, you can search for and pick chanterelle mushrooms.
 
 
North Coast Route

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
30.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
Hike through and alongside coastal forest, rocky cliffs and the wild Pacific coast on a relatively well-maintained route.
 
 
Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(28 votes)
A classic hike in any season, but come in winter and you’ll find that the hordes of tourists, hikers, and climbers who use this trail in the summer have dwindled to just a trickle.
 
 
Capitol State Forest - Porter Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Hike along a gentle grade as it climbs along Porter Creek and crosses it, traveling west on the other side, keeping the road you arrived on in view. As you reach the confluence of Porter Creek and the West Fork of Porter Creek, you also reach the waterfall, your destination.
 
 
Lover's Lane Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 480 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
The Lover's Lane trail follows the Sol Duc river upstream, connecting Sol Duc campground, Sol Duc Falls and the resort.
 
 
Sol Duc Falls

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1951.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(22 votes)
Marvel at old-growth trees amid a lush rain forest landscape while visiting one of Olympic National Park’s most beloved attractions: Sol Duc Falls.
 
 
Jarrell Cove State Park - Harstine Island

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
Accessible only by bridge or by boat, Jarrell Cove State Park administers several small recreation areas, including Harstine Island, McMicken Island, Stretch Point, Eagle Island and Hope Island. Harstine Island is a day-use property with beach access via a half-mile trail; the other areas area all only accessible by boat.
 
 
Big Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.98
(40 votes)
This low-key loop in the shadow of Mount Ellinor makes for a great respite on a hot summer day or a low-country winter ramble when it's rainy.
 
 
Flapjack Lakes via North Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3050 ft.
Highest Point: 3850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(17 votes)
This is a burly day trip, but a great overnight destination for exploring the Sawtooth Range in the Olympic high country.
 
 
Queets Campground Loop

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
The Queets Campground Loop is a quintessential rainforest experience. At just under three miles, it provides visitors with a generous variety of nature. Giant spruce and hemlock rise above great galleries of fern and oxalis. The wind whispers the memories of abandoned homesteads in the grasses of shrinking meadows. Owls hoot and frogs croak the song of an ancient melody. One stands here often and wonders.