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hiking
14 days ago

We checked this trail out after doing the Hall of Moss loop. We went about half way to Tom Creek Trail. It was pouring rain! Trail was very muddy so def need some good hiking shoes if you plan on going soon. This trail was nice you get more moss, big trees and a view of the river.

You have to hike 10 miles of road just to access the official Olympic Hot Springs Trailhead. A couple miles in, the road is washed out and uncrossable (deep water). There are several re-routes around the washout. The first is a ~1/4 a mile before the bridge on the Elwha River Trail. Second is right before crossing bridge, though route is rough (steep/flooded/not official trail). The third re-route is a log crossing on the left, in between bridge and road washout. There are red/pink flags marking routes, but these can be confusing. May be difficult with heavy bikes, but doable if you’re adventurous. There were cyclists who did it while we were there. Past the reroute, the road is gradual up to the old Elwha dam. Beyond that it gets steeper and winding, with lots of trees and debris to cross over/around. When you reach the official Trailhead, the snow goes from a couple inches to up to 12’ deep in areas. Hot springs are filled with green algae, and the first 4-5 are Luke warm and shallow (less than knee deep). Get there early to get the deeper pools. Boulder Creek Campground is right there, less than .5 miles from springs, with bear wires and pit toilets. Permits required to camp and no fires/dogs allowed.

off road driving
29 days ago

Great drive. A lot of snow made it interesting. There are a lot of side roads as well

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome place to visit. The moss is literally covering almost all you see and the dense colors of green are incredible! Highly recommend visiting

St Patricks day hike. 35 degrees at the trail head. Areas of water over trail but easily passable. Still a little snow at the top. More elevation gain than expected, trail overall in good shape. Over, under and around a few logs. Happy I brought poles.

backpacking
1 month ago

Man, it was cold!! Stayed at Five Mile Island for a couple nights. Really loved this campsite- open space, outhouse available, didn't see bear ropes for food tho but could have missed it, right next to the river, lots of flat camping options. Ran into a herd of about 30 Elk. Attempted to continue on the trail but the snow became more dense - highly encourage micro spikes for this. Decided suffering through the cold (even though my sleeping bag is 20 degrees and I was wearing 4 layers) wasn't very fun. Will definitely attempt to reach the glacier at another time.

Feb 2018 - Inaccessible at the moment due to flooding in November that wiped out the trail and both campsites.

Was a tough one for me. Not a fan of switchbacks, but they are a necessary evil for this hike! The reward at the top is worth every painful step

hiking
3 months ago

Due to time constraints, we only hiked the first four miles to the Grover of Large Cedar. Loved this hike, and intend to return to hike the full trail!

I love this hike but when we went there today the road to the trailhead is closed to not just vehicles but hikers too. It’s been washed out. :o(

backpacking
5 months ago

We hiked the entire trail to Glacier Meadows, and then up to Blue Glacier (twice). This is by far the most stunning and otherworldly place I've ever been. It was hard at points, but nonetheless rewarding.

fishing
5 months ago

Only did part of the trail, and then followed the river for fishing.

off road driving
5 months ago

Great trails! Today when we went up it was pretty snowy and icy! I would make sure you have a 4by4 or all wheel drive or you won’t make it up! Great views once towards the top! Make sure your bring a map or GPS as there is no cell service and there is many trails you can get lost on!

backpacking
6 months ago

Only completed a portion of this trail coming off the High Divide to spend the day down at the lake. The fairly steep climb down and back up was well worth the diversion from the initial plans.

hiking
6 months ago

We walked the Hall of Mosses trail then hiked down the Hoh River trail to the falls. I felt like I was in one of the worlds from the old computer game Myst! Just beautiful!

Cool springs. Not literally of course. One was too hot for me to put feet in. The others were a little cooler but the Sulfur smell was strong so I didn't anyways.

Decent trail, well maintained and easy to hike on. A heads up, most of the hot springs are pretty shallow and only 1 out of the 5 is large enough for more than 3 people to comfortably use. If you want to protect your feet walking between hot springs, bring sandals with ankle straps, NO FLIP FLOPS

Fantastic variety in this ridge hike. A few steep points and the 13 switchbacks make this on the more challenging end of moderate. Great views across to Canada and of Mt Baker

ancient trees and giant plants and bear sightings. a lovely cascading brook /waterfall. fairly flat, dusty highly used trail. worth the 4 mile trek to the Ent giants.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail for a day hike. Lots of tall, old trees. Most of the time, you climb a medium steep path in a mossy valley, with the sounds of a creek down below. Air was pleasantly cool, but after heavy rainfall it might become very wet, and fresh in early spring or late autumn.
The path is quite well maintained. However, there are several large trees laying across the way, that you have either to climb over or sneak underneath. Sometimes you have to leave the path a little, when it is washed away, or to circumvent a log blocking the path. Nothing serious, it only makes the hike a little more adventurous. But I would not particularly recommend it for smaller kids or for leashed dogs. Robust and waterproof hiking boots strongly recommended.
In the end, you have to walk a hundred yards inside the creek to reach the waterfall, which was no problem now in the end of summer, hopping from stone to stone. In spring, with more water, it might be more difficult and wetter.
The campground is only a square spot of ca. 10x10 yards with a fireplace and some logs to sit on, but an overnight stay here should definitely be nice.

IMPORTANT: Just when you are about to enter the valley of the waterfall, you will pass a large boulder. Immediately behind it, there seems to be a fork in the trail. Make not the same mistake as I initially did, and do not choose the more obvious path to the left, as it will end in a tangle of fallen trees and rocks after a few hundred yards. Go to the right through the shrubs, the track is easy to see (especially on your way back from the wrong direction :-) ) directly to the creek. You can pass it by using the large stem laying over it as a bridge. Needed about 90 min. up and 60 min. back (+breaks).
Only one other hiker on the whole tour.

Most amazing experience!

hiking
7 months ago

Rocky trail torwards the top! Really have to watch your footing! And it is a grind of a hike! The trail is actually 6.1 miles one way! And the lake was loaded with fish! It's also nice you can hike it on a warm day cause your shaded in the canopy most of the way to the top.

backpacking
7 months ago

If you decide to backpack the whole way in one day, keep in mind that the last 2 miles of 15 are where all of the elevation come in... 2300+ft of elevation in 2 miles is tough and not for everyone. The views are outstanding and almost unreal. Definitely worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears.

Great hike. Parked in lower parking and missed starting point off staircase. The trail is great up to cutoff for flapjack. Once on the flapjack trail, the trail starts to steeply climb, leveling at about 1.5 miles up. Almost made it to the lake (within a mile) but had to turn back due to time. It took 2 hours to hike back to the parking area.

Just so beautiful. This lake is amazing. It was beautiful to walk around and when I went there was a raft we paddled around on.

7 months ago

Wish we could have made it all the way but after the switchbacks up to Elk Lake we were cashed out. For our first backcountry trip it wasn't bad, found out a lot of things we packed in we didn't need and learned the essence of packing light. we ate like kings though! lol we got in late and self registered and stayed at one of the first campgrounds and then the following day we hiked up to the Olympic Ranger Station and set up camp near the riverbed. firewood was plenty. if we were smarter about it we would have left camp set up there to make it up further without all the extra weight but lesson learned. 3rd night we stayed in Lewis meadows along the river. very nice hike. would love to try it again and make it all the way.

Was grueling for an intro WA hike but the fiance and I made it! tough for us flat land Floridians ;) hot springs were very warm indeed.

off road driving
8 months ago

Great trail for most types of vehicles. Plenty of tougher trails along the route that lead to some beautiful quit locations.

hiking
8 months ago

Hike/walked 6 miles out and back to Tom Creek Trail, which featured a waterfall. It was moderately trafficked but still felt spacious and serene. A few views of the river were pleasant surprises too!

I hiked this trail appx 8 miles out and back from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor's Center to Heather Park trail. The views were beautiful throughout and the final mile up involved multiple switchbacks. I saw wildlife including deer and mountain goats. The goats were on the trail initially but eventually moved off trail to let hikers by. You can continue past the peak to Lake Angeles.

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