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Olympic Hot Springs

Olympic Peninsula


Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast
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4.8 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2084 ft.


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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible

These hot springs are a popular destination for visitors from all over the world, but there are a number of interesting stops along the way. Consider the 0.1 mile trail to the beautiful Madison Creek Falls, a picnic stop along the Elwha River, and an incredible look at the site of the former dam at Glines Canyon. The road to the trailhead is mostly paved, with some rough and narrow sections but it is suitable for all cars. At the trailhead, you'll find a vault toilet and plenty of parking for both cars and horse trailers.

This hike is more of a road walk. The path is wide and smooth and would be good for hikers of all ages. At 2 miles, the road narrows and you will see where the Crystal Creek suspension bridge washed out.

Cross the log bridge and head uphill for 0.1 miles to the junction for Boulder Creek campground. Use the outhouse if you need it and take the trail down to the left. After another quarter mile, you will cross the bridge over Boulder Creek. Take a moment to snap some pictures of the beautiful creek and admire the hard work of the bridge builders.  

Once you're on the other side, you're in hot spring territory. Some pools are right along the trail, others are a bit more secluded. When you find one you like, be sure to test the temperature; some can be as high as 118 degrees.

The National Park Service warns that these pools "are not monitored or maintained and may contain high levels of fecal coliform bacteria".  This doesn't stop hot spring lovers from enjoying a soak in their bathing suit or birthday suit.


Olympic Hot Springs

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.9775, -123.6925 Open map in new window


Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

Olympic National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S map

Getting There

Head west on Highway 101 from Port Angeles. Before crossing the Elwha River, turn left on Olympic Hot Springs Road and follow this road until it ends at the Appleton Pass trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Washout: Trailhead inaccessible

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