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:

  • **Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.
  • **Due to extreme fire danger Olympic National Forest closed the Lena Lake trail system (Trails # 810, 811, and 821) due to its proximity to the Mt. Lena Fire. No access to Upper or Lower Lena Lake or southern portion of The Brothers Wilderness.**
  • **As of July 8, backpacking permits for overnight camping in the coastal wilderness have resumed with the exception of Second Beach (La Push) and the area north of Cape Alava, including Shi Shi Beach, which remain closed to all park visitors until further notice. Wilderness backpacking permits for overnight camping in the interior wilderness of the park resumed July 1.
  • In Response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes are in place for Wilderness Camping Permits for the remainder of the 2020 season, please visit the Wilderness (Backpacking) Reservations page for more details.
  • For more updates, always check weather & road conditions.
  • 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.
  • **Due to extreme fire danger Olympic National Forest closed the Lena Lake trail system (Trails # 810, 811, and 821) due to its proximity to the Mt. Lena Fire. No access to Upper or Lower Lena Lake or southern portion of The Brothers Wilderness.**
  • **Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**
  • 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'

**Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**

Trail cleared and brused to Spike Camp. Seasonal stream at Spike Camp has dried up. Prepare for a dry camp, packing in your own water or plan on a long hike to get water elsewhere.

25 trees down across the trail between the Spike Camp and Two Bear, all of which are easy to get over and around. One 15' patch of snow remaining from trailhead to First Divide.

Reservations required for camping at Flapjack Lakes.

8/21/20

Staircase Rapids Loop Trail

Trailhead to Jct. with Four Stream Trail

2.1 miles

785' to 800'

**Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**

Cleared/brushed and in good condition.

8/21/20

Wagonwheel Lake Trail

Trailhead to & including Wagonwheel Lake

2.8 miles

785' to 4150'

**Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**

No recent report, expect winter conditions.

Very steep trail with limited water sources- 2.9 miles/3200' elevation gain.

Closed to stock.

8/21/20

Home Sweet Home Trail

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

2.6 miles

4688' to 2695'

Home Sweet Home clear of snow at First Divide. No recent report coming up from the Duckabush side.

7/5/20
Four Stream Trail Jct. Staircase Rapids Loop Trail to Four Stream

1.2 miles

900' to 1000'

**Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**

No recent report.


Closed to stock.
8/21/20

Flapjack Lakes Trail

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

4.0 miles

1490' to 3900'

**Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**

Snow free and cleared up to Flapjack Lake.

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

Closed to stock.

8/21/20

Upper Lena Lake Trail

Park Boundary to & including Upper Lena Lake

**Due to extreme fire danger Olympic National Forest closed the Lena Lake trail system (Trails # 810, 811, and 821) due to its proximity to the Mt. Lena Fire. No access to Upper or Lower Lena Lake or southern portion of The Brothers Wilderness.**

Few patches of snow lingering in the camp areas. Also several tree blowdowns around camp areas.

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.

9/9/20

Gladys Divide Primitive Trail

Flapjack Lakes to Gladys Divide

1.4 miles

3900' to 5050'

**Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**

Patchy snow towards the top of Gladys Divide.

Closed to stock.

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

8/21/20

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'

**Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**

No recent report, expect winter conditions.

Expect brushy, unmaintained conditions.

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.

8/21/20

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'

**Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**

No recent report, expect winter conditions.

Trail is brushy and narrow in place, with several streams that will require "rock hopping" or getting your feet wet.

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

Closed to stock.
8/21/20

Six Ridge Primitive Trail

Jct. Sundown Lake Trail to North Fork Skokomish River Trail

10.6 miles

4650' to 1500'

**Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**

No recent report, expect lingering snow fields in steep sections.

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. Look for orange blaze signs, cairns, flagging, cut logs.

No water sources between Belview and Seven Stream.

8/21/20

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'

No recent report, expect winter conditions.

As of 8/25/19, four trees down from trailhead to lake. Brushy at times and trail can be muddy and wet.

There is high exposure at one section of the trail, known as the "headwall". Requires use of hands and feet to navigate. Exercise caution on this section.

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.

Closed to stock.

6/27/20

Duckabush River Trail

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

30+ trees down between trailhead and Ten Mile. 18 trees down between Ten Mile and Upper Duckabush.

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

10 Mile privy has been destroyed.

***While the Hart Lake Cutoff and Lacrosse Lake Cutoff Routes may appear on some GPS devices and maps, these are not trails. Hikers attempting to complete these routes should expect cross-country conditions, consisting of dangerous and loose rocks, steep and brushy slopes, and zero signage.***

Ten-Mile bear wire is down. Be prepared to hang your food 12 ft high and 10 ft out or use a park approved bear canister.

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.

8/03/20


Dosewallips Area Notices:

  • 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 miles

1500' to 4700'

Fires prohibited at Lake Constance.

Patchy snow at the lake; consistent snow begins in Avalanche Canyon ~4800'.

Route is extremely steep, climbing 3,200' in ~2 miles, requires scrambling skills in places. Many trees down through a burned section and the trail is difficult to follow.

There is a handmade sign on the Dosewallips Road marking the trail.

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.

6/06/20

West Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Anderson Pass

9.0 miles

1600' to 4464'

Trail is stock passable to Big Timber.

Water sources at Camp Siberia are drying up. Reliable water can be found below Camp Siberia, on the trail towards Honeymoon Meadows.

10 downed trees from Big Timber to Anderson Pass.

Anderson Pass is snow free.

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.

8/11/20

LaCrosse Pass Trail

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

6.4 miles

3600' to 5566'

Patchy snow starting at 5300ft.

As of 8/25/19, 14 Trees down Dosewallips Trail to Lacrosse Pass, 31 Trees from Lacrosse Pass to Upper Duckabush

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

7/05/20

Anderson Moraine Trail

Anderson Pass to Moraine

0.8 miles

4465' to 5200'

This short, steep trail is snow free.

8/11/20

Main Fork Dosewallips River Trail

Dose Forks to Hayden Pass

11.3 miles

1736' to 5847'

10 trees down between Dose Forks and Greywolf Pass junction, largest of which is 38" in diameter.
Trail snow free to Greywolf Pass junction.

No recent reports above Greywolf 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.

6/8/20

Dosewallips River Trail

Trailhead to Dose Forks

1.4 miles

1600' to 1736'

Trail in good condition

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.

6/8/20

Constance Pass Trail

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

7.8 miles

2182' to 5850'

No recent report, expect winter conditions.

As of 8/25/19, 33 trees down to Sunnybrook Meadow. Brushy in some sections. No water source until about 1/2 mile below Sunnybrook meadows. Above the meadows, trail tread is poor and failing through a couple of rock slide sections.

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.

3/25/20

Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Dose Meadow to Lost Pass

0.9 miles

4450' to 6200'

No recent reports.

8/11/20


 

Northeast Trails

Hurricane Ridge Area

Trail Name

Description

Mileage & Elevation

Conditions

Updated

Royal Basin Trail

Park Boundary via Royal Lake to & including Shelter Rock Area

6.2 miles

2500' to 5100'

Trail is snow free to Royal Lake and Upper Royal Basin.

Trail is clear of down trees.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Royal Creek/Royal Lake/Royal Basin area.

Closed to stock.

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

9/6/20


Three Forks Trail

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

4.3 miles

5400' to 2150'

Trail is snow free. Three ~2-3 ft diameter trees across the trail in the upper burn area.

6/20/20




Upper Gray Wolf River Trail

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

~ 14.6 miles

2050' to 6200' to 3550'

~14 down trees between park boundary and Three Forks, most 1-2 foot diameter and easily passable.

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

No recent report.

See USFS website for information on Lower Graywolf Trail

5/20/20

Cedar Lake Way Trail

Jct. Gray Wolf River Trail to & including Cedar Lake

2.1 miles

3900' to 5300'

First half of this trail reported snow free, but no recent report beyond.

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

Trail is difficult to navigate after creek crossing.

6/16/20

Cameron Creek Trail

Three Forks to jct. Grand Pass Trail

7.0 miles

2150' to 4200'

Trail reported to be in good condition with a few down trees.

6/16/20


Grand Valley/Grand Pass Trail

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

7.7 miles

6100' to 4750'

Patchy snow remains on Lillian Ridge. One short snow field remains on the descent down to Grand Valley, but is navigable without an ice ax.
On the approach to Grand Pass, continuous snow begins about 1/4 mile beyond Gladys Lake. Ice ax advised.


7/4/20


Cameron Pass Trail

Jct. Grand Pass Trail to Cameron Pass

3.6 miles

4150' to 6450'

Snow begins about 2/3 mile before Upper Cameron camp area, becoming continuous near Cameron Pass. Ice ax and route-finding skills are necessary.


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.

6/28/20

Cameron-Lost Pass Primitive Trail

Cameron Pass to Lost Pass

1.9 miles

6200' to 6450'

Trail reported virtually snow free, with a few isolated small snow fields.

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

6/28/20

Deer Ridge Trail

Boundary to jct. Three Forks Trail

1.5 miles

2550' to 5400'

Trail snow free and clear of down trees.

Not passable for stock.

6/20/20

Badger Valley Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point via Badger Valley to jct. Grand Lake Trail

4.7 miles

6100' to 4000'

Headwall encounterd leaving Obstruction Point still snow covered and hazardous. Trail appears snow free from the bottom of the switchbacks down into Badger Valley.
Sections of trail are overgrown in meadows below Elk Mountain. 11 down trees but all can be bypassed.

7/4/20

Elk Mountain Primitive Trail

Elk Mountain to jct. Badger Valley Trail

1.3 miles

6650' to 5600'

Trail reported snow free.

Not recommended for stock.

7/4/20

Obstruction Point to Deer Park Trail

Obstruction Point to Deer Park

7.4 miles

6100' to 5400'

Headwall encountered leaving Obstruction Point still snow covered and impassable/hazardous. Patchy snow between Elk Mountain and Maiden Peak.

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

There are no water sources on this trail.

Permits required for overnight use.

Not recommended for stock.

7/4/20

PJ Lake Primitive Trail

Obstruction Point Road at Waterhole to PJ Lake

0.9 miles

5050' to 4550'

Trail is snow free.

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

Not recommended for stock.

7/4/2020

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.

11/22/19

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 to Lake Angeles.
Fires are prohibited at Lake Angeles.

Permits required for overnight use.

Bear canisters recommended for food storage.

6/8/20

Heather Park Trail

Trailhead via Heather Park to jct. Switchback Trail

6.2 miles

1850' to 6000'

Snow begins at 5100 feet, just below the Heather Park campsites. All campsites covered in up to 2 feet of snow.
No recent trail reports above Heather Park.

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

Not recommended for stock.

6/8/20


Switchback Trail

Trailhead to jct. of Lake Angeles & Heather Park Trails

1.6 miles

4400' to 5900'

3-4 short patches of snow remaining between trailhead and top of ridge.

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

Not recommended for stock.

6/18/20


Hurricane Ridge to Switchback

Trail

Jct. High Ridge Nature Trail to jct. Switchback Trail

2.8 miles

5300' to 5100'

No recent report. Patchy snow may remain.

Trail not recommended for stock.

7/4/20

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.

7/4/20


Little River Trail

Boundary to Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

6.8 miles

1000' to 5100'

Multiple down trees from 2200' in elevation, some of which are difficult to navigate. No recent report beyond 3500'.

Beginning July 13, Hurricane Hill Trail will be closed for final paving.See closure alert at top of Northeast Trails section. Check the project page for status info.

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.

5/27/20


Elwha to Hurricane Hill Trail

Whiskey Bend Road to jct. Hurricane Hill Nature Trail

5.8 miles

400' to 5650'

No recent reports. Patchy snow may remain in upper elevations.

Beginning July 13, Hurricane Hill Trail will be closed temporarily. See closure alert at top of Northeast Trails section. Check the project page for status info.

As of 6/9/19, trail crew reports trail has been cleared from Hurricane Hill to 3000' in elevation.

Not stock passable.

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

7/4/20


Heart O' the Forest Trail

Heart O' the Hills Campground to park boundary

2.3 miles

1900' to 1400'

No recent report.

Closed to stock.

7/4/2020

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 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 5/20/20, 18 down trees from TH to the end of the trail, most are above the first overlook.
Closed to stock.

5/20/20

Cascade Rock Trail

Trailhead to end of trail

2 Miles
400' to
1800'

As of 5/19/20, 3 down trees on trail, all easy to pass.
Closed to stock.

5/20/20

Elwha River Trail

Whiskey Bend to Lake Margaret

27.7 miles

1198' to 3650'

Trail is clear of downed trees and in good condition to Hayes River.
Approximately 30 trees down between Hayes River and Chicago Camp.

Visitors report several sections of trail that are overgrown with brush beginning 1.8 miles North of Chicago Camp that make the trail difficult to find/follow. Route finding/navigation skills and appropriate tools (compass, map, GPS) may be required in these areas as several parties have had to turn around due to losing the trail through this section.

The bear wire at Canyon Camp is down and unusable, all other privies and bear wires are intact as far as Wilder.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

8/11/20

Humes Ranch Loop

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

4.3 miles

1198' to 900'

Cut-off trail to Goblin's Gate has ~30 down trees and one small rock slide that is easily passable. ~50 down trees from Goblin's Gate to Humes Ranch, some are large and more difficult to pass.

Bear wires are located near the meadow below Humes Cabin.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

5/11/20

Lillian River Trail

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

2.5 miles

1600' to 2650'

Very brushy and difficult to navigate in places. The last 1/4 mile of trail has been erased by a windfall of large downed trees.

The Elwha River and its tributaries are closed to fishing.

5/31/20

Hayden Pass Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail to Hayden Pass

8.4 miles

1800' to 5847'

No recent reports, expect late lingering snow.

One difficult gully to get in and out of about 1.5 miles west of the pass.

Not stock passable.

7/4/20

Long Ridge Trail

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

10.5 miles
900' to 5753'

Cleared by trail crew to snow level at 4,800'.

No recent reports above 4,800'.

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

6/18/20

Dodger Point Primitive Trail

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

5.2 miles
5800' to 1451'

As of 8/31/19, approximately 60 down trees between the Elwha River ford and the junction with the Long Ridge Trail.

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.

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.

9/6/20

Elwha Basin Way Trail

Happy Hollow to Elwha Basin

2.4 miles

2300' to 2600'

No recent report.

Trail is difficult to follow in places. River is difficult to cross.

9/6/20

Happy Hollow Trail

Jct. Elwha River Trail @ Chicago Camp to Happy Hollow

0.7 miles

2100' to 2300'

No recent report.

This is a primitive trail and is not maintained.

9/6/20

West Elwha Trail

Altair Campground to Herrick Road

3.0 miles

390' to 600'

Trail is snow free and in generally good condtion. Some patches are overgrown and crowded with stinging nettle.

9/6/20

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.

Trailhead sign has been destroyed - as of 6/1/2019, a small handwritten sign on tape was in place.

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.

6/9/19

Boulder Creek Trail

Trailhead to Olympic Hot Springs 2.5 miles

1800' to 2061'

Trail clear to Olympic Hot Springs.

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.

6/8/20
Boulder Lake Trail Olympic Hot Springs to Boulder Lake 3.5 miles 2061' to 4300'

Boulder Lake bear wire is down. Hanging food would be difficult in the area - campers should consider bringing a bear canister for food storage.

2/27/20
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Boulder Lake Trail to Appleton Pass 4.6 miles ~15 down trees and brushy in areas. 9/6/20
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.

2/27/20

Smokey Bottom Trail

West Lake Mills Abutment TH to Boulder Creek

1.9 miles

600' to 620'

No recent report.

As of 6/9/19, trail is overgrown and not clear in places. Multiple, easily bypassed trees on trail. Small foot bridges are stable.

2/27/20




 

Northwest Trails

Lake Crescent Area Notices:

  • Spruce Railroad Trail is closed to until November 2020: The final phase of work on the Spruce Railroad Trail at Lake Crescent begin March 9 and is expected to be completed by November 2020. During this phase, the entire 4-mile trail along Lake Crescent will be closed to all use for public safety due to the heavy equipment and truck traffic involved in construction. Devil's Punchbowl is only accessible by boat.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.

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'

Trail is snow free, some fallen trees.

Caution: Please note the "End of Maintained Trail" sign; the route beyond 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.

5/11/20

Barnes Creek Trail

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

3.3 miles

800' to 2000'

There is a washout along the trail ~2.5 miles from the Storm King Ranger Station that is approximately 20 feet across. The remaining trail at the washout is narrow and undercut.

5/18/20

Upper Barnes Creek Primitive Trail

Barnes Creek Trail to Hughes Creek/Barnes Creek Divide

5.3 miles

2000' to 3600'

Some downed trees but all passable. Overall in good condition.

Trail may be difficult to follow near the end. Lizard Head creek can be difficult to cross.

Closed to stock.

5/18/20

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.
5/11/20

Aurora Creek Trail

Trailhead (HWY 101) to jct. Aurora Ridge Trail

3.4 miles

500' to 4200'

No recent report.

As of 9/19/19, Visitors report trail clear of downed trees to 3600 ft (about a mile to the Aurura Ridge junction). Unknown current conditions beyond that.

Closed to stock.

5/11/20

Aurora Ridge Trail

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

Trail is clear of downed trees, but brushy in parts from trailhead to Eagle Lakes. Trail overgrown, very difficult to follow east of Aurora.

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.

6/06/20

Pyramid Peak Trail

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

Trail cleared to slide area and the trail tread through the slide has been regraded.

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.

5/20/20

Spruce Railroad Trail

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

4.0 miles

The final phase of the trail improvement project will begin Monday, March 9 and require a full trail closure. Final paving followed by reopening of the trail is expected by November 2020. 5/11/20


Sol Duc Area Notices:

  • 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'

5 down trees between trailhead and first crossing, and a root wad from a fallen tree has damaged ~10 feet of trail tread. Ford is running ~3-4 feet deep.

As of 7/12/19, many small down trees along route, 6 were over 12 " in diameter. A couple larger down trees. 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.

5/20/20
Sol Duc River Trail Trailhead to jct. High Divide Trail

8.4 miles

1900' to 4800'

1 down tree above the Sol Duc Park area. Otherwise trail is clear and snow free.

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

8/01/20
Appleton Pass Trail Jct. Sol Duc River Trail to Appleton Pass 2.6 miles
3000' to 5100'

The trail is snow free and has ~15 down trees.

Oyster Lake still has water. Segments of brushy trail from the pass to junciton 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.

8/01/20
High Divide Trail Jct. Deer Lake & Little Divide Trails to jct. Cat Basin Trail 7.8 miles
3600' to 4500'

Trail is clear and snow free.


One section of trail near the Lunch Lake junction is in poor condition due to landslide or seismic activity. Though easily crossable, there are multiple narrow, deep fissures across the trail and unsteady footing in this area.

There is no water available up on the High Divide.

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.
8/01/20
Cat Basin Primitive Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to Cat Basin 0.6 miles
5050' to 4300'

No recent report, expect winter conditions.

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.

2/27/20
Lunch Lake Trail Jct. High Divide Trail to & including Lunch Lake 0.6 miles
4800' to 4450'

Trail is snow free.

One section of trail near the Lunch Lake junction is in poor condition due to landslide or seismic activity. Though easily crossable, there are multiple narrow, deep fissures across the trail and unsteady footing in this area.

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

8/01/20
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'

Clear of snow and 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.

8/01/20
Mink Lake Trail Trailhead (Sol Duc Resort) to jct. Bogachiel River & Little Divide Trails 4.3 miles
1643' to 4130'

Trail cleared to the lake, foot log over Mink Lake Creek is broken, with no easy place to cross.

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

6/6/20
Lover's Lane Trail Jct. Mink Lake Trail to jct. Deer Lake Trail 2.9 miles
1643' to 2000'

Trail cleared 5/15/20

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.

5/20/20
Little Divide Trail Jct. Bogachiel River & Mink Lake Trails to jct. Deer Lake & High Divide Trails 3.5 miles
4130' to 3600'

15 down trees. Patchy snow above Deer Lake junction to 3/4 mile up Little Divide.

As of 7/12/19, 20 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.

6/6/20

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'

No recent report.

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.

11/25/19
Bogachiel River Trail Boundary to jct. Mink Lake & Little Divide Trails 21.6 miles
400' to 4130'

Per a recent WTA trail crew report: Trail recently cleared for stock to Flapjack and clear of downed trees to 15-mile shelter.

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.

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

Trail beyond Flapjack is currently not passable to stock.

Some creek and river crossings can become hazardous at any time due to heavy precipitation and seasonal snow melt.

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

7/01/20
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.

11/25/19
Hoh River Trail Trailhead to Glacier Meadows 17.5 miles
600' to 5000'

Trail clear of trees and snow from TH all the way to Glacier Meadows. A few snow fields remain on the lateral moraine trail up to Blue Glacier.

*An avalanche chute ladder is in place between Elk Lake and Glacier Meadows with several broken rungs- USE CAUTION.

Bear canisters are now required at 5 Mile Island due to coyotes actively stealing food and non-food/gear items from visitors.

In all other sites in the Hoh area, 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.

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.

7/15/20
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.

Conditions leading up to the summit (West Peak) of Mount Olympus are becoming increasingly melted out and difficult.

Bergschrund open near summit approximately 15ft wide and 40ft deep. Large moat open below summit. Most parties are attempting the Eastern Ledge Route to summit.

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 Port Angeles Wilderness Information Center.

7/4/2020
Hoh Lake Trail Hoh River Trail to jct with High Divide Trail 6.5 miles
948' to 5474'

Snow free up to Hoh Lake. One small snowfield before High Divide Trail junction. Many downed trees between Hoh River Trail jct and C.B. Flats.


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

Not stock passable.
7/20/20
South Fork Hoh River Trail Trailhead to end of maintained trail 4.2 miles
750' to 800'
No recent report.

As of 8/24/2018, trail is in great shape; No blowdowns or obstacles.
11/25/19
 

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.

Quinault Wilderness Information Center will be closed for the season begining September 8th, 2020 and will reopen spring of 2021. Last day for bear canister loans for the 2020 season will be September 7th.

  • Backpackers can make reservations for wilderness campsites via recreation.gov.
  • Always check weather & road conditions.
  • For more information contact the Quinault (South Shore) Wilderness Information Center at 360-288-0232

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'

Trail clear. Trail may become muddy with slippery, damaged boardwalks after recent rain.

Closed to stock.

9/1/20

Big Creek Trail

Irely Lake to & including Three Lakes 5.9 miles
600' to 3200'
Trail is brushy and overgrown in places beyond Irely Lake. ~5 downed trees.

Big Creek bridge has been removed, requiring a river ford. River normally ankle to knee deep during the summer season.

Above Big Creek, a slide area has damaged the trails exit from the creek bottom and this section is somewhat difficult to traverse.

Closed to stock.

9/1/20

Three Lakes to Skyline Trail Junction

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

Trail can be brushy in places. ~ 5 trees down across trail. Expect some minor routefinding through meadowed areas where grass has overgrown the trail.

Closed to stock.

9/1/20

Skyline Primitive Trail

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

Skyline trail is free of snow. Streams available near Kimta Burn and at Kimta Peak Campsite; no water between Kimta Peak and Three Prune.

Expert route finding/navigation skills recommended. This route is strenuous with a lot of elevation gain/loss.

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.

9/1/20

Elip Creek Connector Trail

Jct. North Fork Quinault River Trail to jct. Skyline Trail 4.6 miles
1000' to 3350'
Trail is very brushy in places with 10 down trees.

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

Closed to stock.
9/1//20

Martins Park/Lakes Primitive Trail

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

Trail is very brushy/marshy in the first mile.There are ~5 trees down on the trail that area somewhat difficult to get over/around.

9/1/20

North Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Lake Margaret 16.5 miles

Trail has been cleared of down trees to 12 mile. ~ 20 trees down between 12 Mile and Low Divide, some of which are challenging to get over/around. Wild Rose and Elip Creeks must be forded and these are typically ankle-knee deep during normal summer conditions; 16-Mile ford is also mid-shin to knee deep and swift-moving under normal conditions. North Fork Trail Quinault River Trail clear of snow from Trailhead to Low Divide.

Elip Creek 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.

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

9/1//20

East Fork Quinault River Trail

Trailhead to Anderson Pass 18.2 miles
646' to 4465'
All food (including scented, packaged, & dehydrated food), garbage, and scented items (including lip balm, sunscreen, alcohol, tobacco, etc.) must be stored in bear canisters in Enchanted Valley (between Pyrites Creek camp and the O'neil Pass Trail jct).

Trail clear of down trees/stock passable to Enchanted Valley.

White Creek, just below the O’Neil and Anderson Pass Junction, must be forded and during times of heavy rain or hot afternoons as snow continues to melt from higher elevations expect it to run knee high and swift. Use caution and good judgement as this crossing can be hazardous.

The trail from Enchanted Valley to Anderson Pass is completely free of snow.

The trail from O’Neil Pass Junction to O'Neil Pass is free of snow.

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

***While the Hart Lake Cutoff and Lacrosse Lake Cutoff Routes may appear on some GPS devices and maps, these are not trails. Hikers attempting to complete these routes should expect cross-country conditions, consisting of dangerous and loose rocks, steep and brushy slopes, and zero signage.***

9/1/20


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'

Recent visitor report states that the trail is in good shape aside from a washout at mile 3.5 that is approximately .1 mile long but is easy to bypass by staying near the riverbank before rejoining the trail. There are only a couple of trees down across the trail to this point.

27 trees down beyond the first 3.5 miles, most of which are easy to get over/around.

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.

7/30/20

Lower Crossing Route

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

No recent report.

7/30/20

Sam's River Loop

Loop Trail from Queets Trailhead to Ranger Station and return

2.8 miles

No recent reports. 7/30/20

Upper Crossing Route

Queets River Trail to & including Smith Place 0.3 miles

No elevation gain.
No recent report. 7/30/20
 

Coastal Trails & Routes

Coastal Area Notices:

  • As of March 17, the Quileute Tribe has closed the Quileute Reservation to the general public until further notice. This closure includes the Second Beach Trailhead.
  • As of March 16, the Makah Tribe has closed the Shi Shi Beach Trailhead to the general public until further notice. There will be no access to Shi Shi Beach from the north. For more information on the closure, please visit the website for the Makah Tribe (https://makah.com/). If you have made a reservation for Shi Shi Beach and would like to make changes or cancel it, please contact the Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100 (Option 4) or email us.
  • The Ozette Indian Reservation is closed to the public for the Summer of 2020. Hiking north past the campsites at Capa Alava is prohibited. Please see the park alerts to see when/if this closure is lifted.*
  • Cannonball Island (Tskawahyah Island) is part of the Ozette Indian Reservation and is always closed to the public. Please respect this closure.
  • 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

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Access to this trailhead is via the Makah Indian Reservation. While the Makah Reservation remains closed due to COVID-19 precautions, this trail will not be accessible.


No recent reports.

Headland routes are often muddy, brushy and slick. Headland trails can be difficult to spot from the beach due to vegetation obscuring targets or missing targets.

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.

Water sources can run low in the summer months. 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.

2/27/20

North Coast Beach Route

Sand Point to Rialto Beach Trailhead

17.2 miles

Overland sections can be slick and treacherous.

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

Chlorine and iodine do not effectively purify coastal water for human consumption.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

7/4/20

Ozette Loop Trail

Ozette Trailhead to Cape Alava, to Sand Point and return

9.3 miles

*The Ozette Indian Reservation is closed to the public for the Summer of 2020. Hiking north past the campsites at Capa Alava is prohibited. Please see the park alerts to see when/if this closure is lifted.

*
Cannonball Island (Tskawahyah Island) is part of the Ozette Indian Reservation and is always closed to the public. Please respect this closure.


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 Sand Point- 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 are 3 trees down on the access trail to Wish Creek.

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.

7/11/20


South Coast

Trail Name

Description

Mileage

Conditions

Date

Second Beach Trail

Trailhead to Second Beach

0.7 miles

Access to this trailhead is via the Quileute Indian Reservation. While the Reservation remains closed due to COVID-19 precautions, this trail will not be accessible.

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.

7/4/20

Third Beach Trail

Trailhead to Third Beach

1.4 miles

Trail clear of down trees.

One 10 foot section of trail is washed out just before the beach. It could be slick and hazardous in rainy conditions.

Toilet is on the south side of the creek; it is flagged with orange and red tape but can be hard to spot.
Closed to stock.

No pets, use of weapons or wheeled devices.

8/16/20

South Coast Beach Route

Third Beach to Oil City

15.3 miles

The overland trails around Taylor Point and Goodman have been brushed but still have some down trees making for harder hiking.

There are no main water sources between Scott Creek and Jackson Creek (located just south of Toleak Point) making for a 2.5 mile dry section.

However there is one water source located .3 miles north of Strawberry Point in the brush but can be hard to locate.

There are 39 trees down on the overland trail between Mosquito Creek and Hoh Head and is very brushy.

Always use the Taylor Point Overland Trail. It is impossible to travel on the beach around Taylor Point.

As of 8/16/2020, overland routes at Third Beach and Scott Bluff are reported to be steep and exposed. Rope and ladders are up to assist hikers, but are not maintained by the park - use caution when navigating around headlands!

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.

**CAUTION** Diamond Rock has a tidal restriction of 2', located approximately 1.5 miles north of the Oil City Trailhead. Any backpacking trips that include travel through this area require advanced planning with tidal charts to safely navigate this section. If the tides are too high, this section can be impassable for numerous days in a row.

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.

8/16/20

Oil City Trail

Hoh River Bank to Trailhead at Oil City

0.6 miles

No recent report.

**CAUTION** Diamond Rock has a tidal restriction of 2', located approximately 1.5 miles north of the Oil City Trailhead. Any backpacking trips that include travel through this area require advanced planning with tidal charts to safely navigate this section. If the tides are too high, this section can be impassable for numerous days in a row.

Campsites are limited on the coast at the mouth of the Hoh River.

Trail has several downed trees but is in overall good condition.
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.

2/27/20

Last updated: September 9, 2020

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