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Ohanapecosh Hot Springs

Mount Rainier Area

Location

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon
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Length

0.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.

Rating

3.86 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2013
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

This short interpretive loop near the Ohanapecosh Visitors Center make a great visit for a leg stretch or a history hike with little ones. Interpretive signs illuminate the past, when visitors flocked here to take advantage of the warm water that was believed to have healing properties.

You can't soak in the springs anymore (and they're certainly not large enough to want to), but the rushing waters of the nearby Ohanapecosh River, and the history here make this a great visit for a leg stretch or a hike with little ones.

The name Ohanapecosh comes from the name of a Native American village that once existed along the river. The Taidnapum Indians lived in the Cowlitz Valley. Indeed, their name means "Upper Cowlitz". The word Ohanapecosh is believed to mean "standing at the edge".

Begin at the Visitor Center, proceeding up a small hill and into the forest on nice wide tread for about 0.3 miles. Along the way, you'll pass the the main hot springs area, and then an open, grassy meadow along boardwalk that carries you above the runoff from the hot springs. This is where the resort lodge used to sit, now returned to a more natural state. Arrive at a T-junction after 0.3 miles, and take a left. In 0.1 miles, you will arrive at the end of the trail, in Loop B of the campground. 

Extending your trip: The Ohanapecosh Hot Springs share a trailhead with the three-mile Silver Falls Loop, a well-signed, well maintained trail to a stunning waterfall on the Ohanapecosh River. If you're feeling up to it, take a tour of this trail while you're in the area.

 

Ohanapecosh Hot Springs

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7330, -121.5693 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

Mount Rainier National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Mount Rainier East No. 270

Getting There

From Packwood, drive east on Highway 12 about 8 miles to the signed junction with for Highway 123. Turn north onto Highway 123 and drive 3.5 miles to the Ohanapecosh Campground. Turn left into the campground and follow the signs to the day use parking area.

Coming from the west side, drive east from Enumclaw for 47 miles on Highway 410 to the junction with Highway 123 at Cayuse Pass. Keep right at the junction and merge onto Highway 123 (Cayuse Pass Highway). Continue south for 11.5 miles to the junction with the Stevens Canyon Road. Pass the junction and continue south to the entrance for Ohanapecosh Campground on the right. It is about three miles past the Stevens Canyon Road junction. Turn into the campground and follow the signs to the day use parking area.

If the day use area is full, stop in at the Visitor Center to ask for help. Some, but not all, of the other campground loops also have Day Use parking. The Ranger Station may also have parking a 5 minute walk away.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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