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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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Results List

113 Hikes
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.
 
 
Mount Walker

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2804.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(32 votes)
Approachable throughout the year, the Mount Walker trail’s average 20% grade makes it a go-to route for hikers and trail runners looking for a short, brisk tromp. (While it is also a designated stock trail, riders and pack animals rarely make an appearance.) Spring, summer, and fall the 2-mile trail is both ascended and descended by those on foot. In the winter, when the Mount Walker road is gated closed to vehicles, many will pursue the then 2.25-mile jaunt up to the north viewpoint, saunter over to the south viewpoint and then descend on the more gentle grade of the road.
 
 
Mount Townsend

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3010 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(59 votes)
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall. Add in old growth, some tucked away waterfalls, and a windswept, turtleback summit with views north across the Strait and San Juans, west and south into and along the Olympics and east across the Sound to the Cascades, and you've got the perfect year-round hike.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Elk Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
This hiker-only trail makes for a quick way to sample the ecosystem on the east slope of the Olympic mountains. Plus, it's a decent starter backpacking trip for kids and makes for a nice day for birdwatchers.
 
 
Elbo Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2880 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
This steep but shady trail features a rhododendron forest, and numerous saprophytic plants. At the end, it connects to a Forest Service road, allowing for additional wandering, to find views of Hood Canal and more.
 
 
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.
 
 
Dry Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Climb through second-growth forest to a not-so-dry creek, while enjoying spring wildflowers and views of nearby Lake Cushman and surrounding peaks.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Lake Wynoochee East Shore Trail

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
There is one section of the Lake Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail that can be hiked year-round—a pleasant, interesting hike for all ages, at 6 miles round-trip and 800 feet of elevation gain. Its creeks have bridges; it has road access at both ends; it features flowers in spring and summer, autumn color in fall, and provides a pleasant winter outing in clear weather.
 
 
Mount Jupiter

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5701.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(12 votes)
and access may vary as logging continues. Doublecheck by reading trip reports or call the Hood Canal Ranger District for updates
A long road walk through a logging operation is required to access this trailhead.
 
 
Mount Ellinor

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 5944.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(103 votes)
Mount Ellinor is the southern-most prominence on the eastern front of the Olympics. This makes its peak easy to point out to your friends when you say, ”I was up there.” Mount Ellinor also gives you two trailheads to choose from. The lower trailhead at 2,600 feet welcomes you to the ascent with an easy grade at the outset. The route from the upper trailhead at 3,500 feet starts out with a nearly immediate upward jolt. The trails merge well before the summit and continue upward at a character-building grade.
 
 
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.
 
 
Fort Flagler State Park

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war.
 
 
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.
 
 
Gladys Divide

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Find solitude among expansive views of the Olympic interior on this strenuous but rewarding backpack.
 
 
Upper Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3900 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(31 votes)
The trail to Lena Lake is a pretty, and popular, weekend destination. But hearty hikers and backpackers who venture to Upper Lena Lake will leave the crowds behind and experience a little bit of nirvana.
 
 
Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(88 votes)
The hike to Lena Lake is doable for nearly every type of hiker, and the traffic on the trail is evidence of it. A wide path switchbacks gently at first and then just a little more steeply uphill through old- and second-growth forest to a large lake ringed by silent sentinels--huge old-growth fir trees that keep watch over day hikers and campers who elect to stay overnight at this wilderness refuge.
 
 
Mount Zion

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4274.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.52
(21 votes)
 
The trip to Mount Zion is straightforward and short; a steep hike through fir, hemlock cedar, salal, and, the main attraction for many visitors, tall groves of wild rhododendrons. Views from the top are limited, but a little ridgeline wandering to the south afford the intrepid better views of the Olympic Mountains.
 
 
Brown Creek

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
A pleasant 0.8 mile loop around a beaver pond and wetland is ideal for a morning stroll or post-dinner walk while camping at Brown Creek Campground.
 
 
Mildred Lakes

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(17 votes)
Take a sojourn in the Hood Canal Ranger District on this way trail within Mount Skokomish Wilderness. If you're looking for solitude, you'll find it on this out-of-the-way gem in the Olympic National Forest.
 
 
Pine Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.70
(10 votes)
Walk along a gentle road-to-trail conversion along beautiful old growth groves to a placid lake deep in the Lower Skokomish Valley.
 
 
Home Lake

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
19.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 5330.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Access to Home Lake is possible via several trailheads, but any way you slice it, you're in for a long trip.
 
 
Little Quilcene River

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2180 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
Take this lung-busting trail up the north side of Mount Townsend, through coniferous forests offering cameo views to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, opening onto views of the Dungeness and Graywolf watersheds to the west.
 
 
Cameron Pass

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

 
3.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 2401 ft.
Highest Point: 6418.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
The Cameron Pass trail is a brushy bushwhack to a lovely high alpine basin and pass. But it's miles in the backcountry and requires hard work and planning to get there.